Daily Reporter staff reports
Kaycee Ruble finished first in the shot put for the Eastern Hancock girls track and field team in a rain-shortened meet at Guerin Catholic on Saturday.
Ruble’s throw of 34 feet, 10 inches led the way for the Royals, who finished third in the six-team invite with 79 points, behind champ Oak Hill (112) and Guerin (80.5).
The Eastern Hancock boys also placed third among seven squads. Oak Hill (121), Guerin (103) and the Royals (74) grabbed the top spots.
Setting personal records on the day for the Royals were Braden Dickey (24.76 seconds in the 200 meters), Parker West (5:06 in the 3,200) and Madison Stunda (31.19 in the 200).
Eastern Hancock’s Devyn Brinson (24.19) and Karlee Gray (27.74) had the top preliminary times in the boys and girls 200, respectively, but rain washed out the finals.
Dragons split with Golden Bears
A five-run sixth inning propelled the New Palestine baseball team to an 11-6 win in Game 1 of its Hoosier Heritage Conference doubleheader Friday against Shelbyville.
The host Golden Bears earned a split with a 7-2 Game 2 victory.
In the opener, New Palestine’s Logan Gilvin went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, and Evan Hickman and Andy Edwards added two hits each.
Hogan Fulkerson went five innings on the mound for the Dragons, allowing five earned runs on eight hits. Edwards pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
In Game 2, Shelbyville’s Conner Hasecuster held the Dragons to a pair of earned runs on five hits in six innings of work. Hasecuster had 11 strikeouts. Colin Phelps pitched the seventh inning for Shelbyville.
Keegan Watson went 3 for 4, and Jason Hall-Manley was 2 for 4 to lead the Dragons.
Class 3A No. 10 Yorktown is on top of the HHC standings at 6-2, followed by New Palestine (5-3), Shelbyville (3-3), Pendleton Heights (3-3), Greenfield-Central (3-3) and Mt. Vernon (3-3). New Castle is 3-5 and Delta is 2-6.
The Dragons will host Yorktown in a twin bill Friday.
Royals blast past Mohawks in 5 innings
Eastern Hancock collected 13 hits in a 14-1 win against Waldron on Monday in five innings.
Cole Fout and Tom Barton had three RBIs each for the visiting Royals, while David Johnson scored three runs.
Johnson, Austin Clutinger and Brandon Reid added doubles for Eastern Hancock and Devin Denny picked up three stolen bases.
Clutinger pitched a complete game, allowing two hits, eight strikeouts and no walks.
The Royals are 7-4 on the season and 3-2 in the Mid-Hoosier Conference.
Marauders outhit,outlast Eagles
Mt. Vernon beat Delta 7-5 in 10 innings on Monday. The visiting Marauders outhit the Eagles 15-7 and took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. Delta scored three runs in the bottom of the frame to send the HHC tilt to extra innings.
The Marauders improved to 5-4 on the year and 1-2 in the conference. Delta is 6-4 and 0-4.
Huber, Cougars shut out Trojans
Dacrie Huber pitched a complete game shutout in Greenfield-Central’s 3-0 win against New Castle on Monday.
Huber, Michaela Ballman and Sydney Williams collected RBIs for the visiting Cougars (11-1, 2-0 HHC). Morganne Denny had a double and scored a run.
Huber notched seven strikeouts and allowed five hits.
Arabians hand Dragons 1st loss
Pendleton Heights scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to hand Class 4A No. 3 New Palestine its first loss of the season, 5-4.
The Dragons fell to 12-1 overall and 3-1 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, while the host Arabians improved to 9-3 overall and 2-0 in conference.
Pendleton Heights’ Audrey Ricker held the Dragons to one earned run and forced 16 flyball outs.
Jade Mollenkopf’s single to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning brought home Sydney Windlan with the winning run.
Mt. Vernon splitswith rival school
Pendleton Heights topped the visiting Mt. Vernon boys golf team 153-154 on Friday. Oliver Mast carded medalist honors for the Marauders with a 35. Mast was joined in the scoring by teammates Jacob Ault (38), Will Dant (39), Jack Harker (42) and Jake Yurack (42).
On Monday, the Marauders posted a 158-189 win against Greenfield-Central at Arrowhead Golf Course. Mast (36) again took medalist honors, followed by Dant (38), Yurack (40) and Ault (40).
Eastern Hancock girls trump Tri
The Eastern Hancock girls tennis team defeated Tri 3-2 Monday.
The Royals swept the singles positions, led by No. 1 Hailey Carlton (7-5, 7-5), No. 2 Grace Perkins (6-2, 6-2) and No. 3 Kayla Huff (4-6, 6-0, 6-0).
Marauders take down Alexandria
Mt. Vernon followed up its Hancock County title with a 5-0 sweep of Alexandria on Monday.
Cassie York (6-2, 3-6, 6-1), Sarah Jones (6-1, 6-0) and Alaina Nelson (6-4, 6-1) won at singles, with Addison Eads/Emily Annakin (6-4, 4-6, 7-6) and Kendra Eberhard/Briann Partin (6-1, 6-3) handling the doubles.
“Could have had a letdown after county, but nipped that in the bud with ice cream at Jimmy’s Dairy Bar,” said Mt. Vernon coach Gabe Muterspaugh, whose squad improved to 6-2. “Sometimes, it’s that simple.”