Daily Reporter staff reports
It took the Eastern Hancock softball team an extra frame, but they were finally able to put away the Warriors on Wednesday night in Gaston.
The Royals plated their 10th run of the game in the top of the eighth inning and held on to defeat Wes-Del 10-9.
Eastern Hancock collected five steals and 15 hits, including three from Darby Shaw, in the victory. The junior finished 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
Brooke Walden, Kaysi Gilbert, Jordan Pierson, Peyton Neisler and Peyton West all added two hits apiece. Both of Gilbert’s knocks went for extra bases, as she picked up a double and a triple to go along with a couple of runs scored.
The win against Wes-Del (3-9) was the Royals’ third straight. They went for No. 4 at home against Triton Central on Thursday night and play at Waldron on Monday.
Fishers swings past Marauders
The Tigers scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to notch a 3-1 comeback victory at Mt. Vernon on Thursday night.
The Marauders mustered just two hits against Fishers’ (6-3) pitching.
Mt. Vernon (6-4, 1-2 Hoosier Heritage Conference) will try to shake off the narrow defeat tonight when it hosts county rival Greenfield-Central (12-2, 3-1 HHC).
Cougars fall vs. Yorktown
In Wednesday’s battle of ranked Hoosier Heritage Conference rivals, the Class 3A No. 10 Tigers stormed past the Class 4A No. 11 Cougars 8-1 in Greenfield.
Yorktown (10-4, 2-2 HHC) scored four early and often, posting four runs in the first inning and adding two more in both the second and fourth.
The Cougars, meanwhile, picked up seven hits but could muster just one run late in the game on a Darcie Huber home run, her fifth of the season.
Greenfield-Central (12-2, 3-1 HHC) will look to bounce back in today’s game at conference and county rival Mt. Vernon (6-4, 1-2 HHC).
Dragons blank Beech Grove
The New Palestine tennis team shut out Beech Grove 5-0 Wednesday to improve to 4-2 on the season.
The victory was the Dragons’ second straight 5-0 win.
Singles winners for the Dragons were No. 1 Kristi LeBeau (6-0, 6-1), No. 2 Amelia Fleetwood (6-0, 6-0) and No. 3 Lauren Hardebeck (6-0, 6-1).
Doubles winners were the No. 1 team of Jamie Mittman and Cassie Willhelm (6-4, 6-4) and the No. 2 team of Katie Settergren and Lexi Meyer (6-0, 6-0). Coach Chris Hardin said Mittman and Willhelm’s win was against Beech Grove’s top two players and was a big win for the Dragon duo.
“Nice solid outing,” Hardin said. “We’ve got a couple of matches in a row — going up to (No. 9) Delta (today). That will be a nice solid test for us. They’re high up in the state rankings. We’ll see how we compete.”
The Dragons JV also won 7-2.
Cougars take down New Castle
Greenfield-Central scored a 4-1 victory Thursday night against the Trojans.
In Cougars’ singles play, No. 2 Lindsey Mccord defeated Alexis Hardwick 6-4, 7-5, and No. 3 Kendall Barr handled Layni Decker 6-3, 6-0. No. 1 Emma Vowell fell in a narrow three-set defeat.
In doubles action, the No. 1 pair of Claire Talbot and Kate Henderson battled past the Trojans’ Murphy and Casey Walker 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. The Cougars’ No. 2 team of Rachel Berish and Sarah Hudson cruised past Orianna Ogle and Serena Hughes 6-1, 6-1.
Greenfield-Central plays again Tuesday at Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Shelbyville.
Mt. Vernon falls against Yorktown
The Marauders dropped a 3-2 decision at home against the Tigers on Thursday.
Winning for Mt. Vernon were No. 3 singles player Alaina Nelson (6-2, 6-2) and the No. 2 doubles team of Kendra Eberhard and Brianna Partin, which won in three sets.
The Marauders’ record moves to 6-3 on the season. They visit Frankton on Monday.
Royals hold off Knightstown
Eastern Hancock picked up its second win in three tries with its 194-202 victory against Knightstown at the Royal Hylands.
Nelson Dulin led the way for the Royals with a 45. He was followed by Cole Allen (47), Matt Wilson (50) and Conner Cross (52).
The Royals hit the tees again Thursday at Cambridge City Lincoln, then host Indian Creek on Monday.
Mt. Vernon match canceled
The Marauders’ match against Sheridan was canceled Wednesday. No makeup date has been set.
Mt. Vernon hosted Lawrence North on Thursday night.