Daily Reporter staff reports
Eastern Hancock ace Darby Shaw pitched six hitless innings in the Royals’ 10-0 run-rule win against the Tigers (2-5) on Thursday night.
Shaw collected nine strikeouts on the way to a no-hitter and her fifth win of the season.
She was one hit-batter away from a perfect game. It was the third game this season in which she has struck out nine or more batters.
Shaw also paced Eastern Hancock on offense with three hits, a run and an RBI. Peyton West also notched three hits, drove in a pair and scored twice.
Also posting multi-hit efforts for the Royals were Brooke Walden, Peyton Neisler and Micah Black, who hit a triple in the win.
Dragons lose 3rd straight
The Class 4A No. 1 New Palestine softball team fell 7-4 to No. 12 Shelbyville in a Hoosier Heritage Conference game Thursday.
The Dragons responded to a three-run Golden Bear third with three in the bottom of the inning to tie the game, but Shelbyville (13-2, 3-2 HHC) retook the lead with two runs in the fourth. New Palestine scored again in the bottom of the inning but could not score further, and saw the Bears score twice in the seventh.
Ashley Prange was 2-for-4 with two RBI to help pace a 12-hit Dragon attack. Abby Davis was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Issy Hoyt was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Adie Lorsung also had a pair of hits. Madison Whitaker had a double. Brittany Duncan had a single and scored a run, and Abby O’Connor also scored a run.
The Dragons’ two pitchers combined to allow seven hits and six earned runs. Starter Kaylin McMurray allowed two runs and four hits, striking out two over three innings. Elisha Barker allowed three hits, four earned runs and struck out three over the final four innings, and had the decision in relief.
TRACK AND FIELD
Royals dominate invite
The Royals boys and girls track teams cruised to big victories at Thursday’s Eastern Hancock Invitational.
The boys posted 206 points, nearly three times more than runner-up Herron (69 points). Finishing third was Wisdom Builders Home School (61), followed by Greenwood (60), Tindley (19), Baptist Academy (15), Indianapolis Arlington (13) and Irvington (12).
Individual winners for the Royals were Reece Burkhart (discus, shot put) Caleb Beyers (high jump), Jayson Bowers (300-meter hurdles), Parker West (3,200 meter run), Clayton Brumfield (800), Devyn Brinson (200, 400) and Austin Smith (100).
The 4×800 meter relay team (Brumfield, West, Corbin Jennings, Gabe Blake) won their race by more than a minute. The 4×400 (Austin Smith, Brumfield, Clayton Cochard, Cole Cochard) and 4×100 (Aaron Riley, Smith, Braden Dickey, Beyers) also won.
On the girls side, Eastern Hancock racked up 184 points. Herron finished second with 69 points, followed by Wisdom Builders Home School (61), Greenwood (60), Tindley (19), Baptist Academy (15), Indianapolis Arlington (13) and Irvington (12).
Individual winners for the Royals girls were Riley Burkhart (discus), Kaycee Ruble (shot put), Shelby Mourey (high jump), Karlee Gray (100, 200 meter dashes), Cassey Hancock (400), Cara Johnson (800), Annie Floyd (1,600) and Hope Spaulding (300 meter hurdles).
The 4×100 (Allen Bailey, Spaulding, Gray, Maddie Lee) 4×400 (Hancock, Spaulding, Gray, Lee) and 4×800 (Floyd, Johnson, Hancock, Liberty Durham) relay teams also won.
Cougars split twin bill vs. Brebeuf
In Game 1 of a Friday night doubleheader, Brebeuf got past host Greenfield-Central, 1-0. Seth Adams scattered seven hits with four strikeouts on the mound for the Cougars, while Dallas Pribble led the team with three hits.
In Game 2, the Cougars bounced back for a 10-8 victory, highlighted by Adams’ three-run home run. Slater Rush added an RBI double and a RBI single.
Mt. Vernon wins opening game
The Marauders (8-6, 6-3 HHC) took the opener of a doubleheader with Shelbyville, 5-1, Friday. Game 2 ended too late for publication in this edition. Look for details of both games Tuesday.
New Palestine falls in wild one
The New Palestine baseball team dropped a wild 9-8 game at Connersville Thursday evening
The Dragons led 4-0 going into the bottom of the third, and 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but Connersville rallied to tie the game in the fifth. New Palestine answered with three in the sixth to re-take the lead at 8-5, but the Spartans scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and notched the walk-off win in the seventh with two more runs.
The Spartans out-hit the Dragons 13-8 in the game.
Eight different Dragons picked up hits. Zach Lovell launched a two-run homer to give the Dragons a lead late in the game. Caleb VanderWal had a double, a run and an RBI. Braden Roberts hit a double and drove in two runs. Keegan Watson also had a double and scored a run. James Crumlin was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBIs. Tyler Woodcock also drove in a run and had a hit.
Starter Patrick Hopkins scattered a run and five hits over four innings. Cody Chandler took the decision in relief. He allowed three earned runs and five hits in 2.1 innings. Freshman Kyle Gardner also pitched a third of an inning, allowing three hits and four earned runs.
Delta sweeps New Palestine
The New Palestine tennis team dropped a 5-0 decision at No. 9 Delta on Thursday.
“We hit the ball well, but Delta is just too powerful,” New Palestine coach Chris Hardin said. “There is a reason they’re ranked in the top 10 in the state.”
The Dragon JV also fell 13-0.
The Dragons (4-3, 2-2 HHC) next compete May 7 against Morristown.
Royals drop weekday matches
Eastern Hancock lost a pair of matches recently, falling 0-5 against Pendleton Heights on Wednesday and 1-4 versus Edinburgh on Thursday.
The No. 2 doubles team of Kelly Mellene and Emiley Carlton won the Royals’ only match, triumphing 6-3, 6-4.
The losses put an end to Eastern Hancock’s three-match winning streak.
The Royals JV also fell against the Arabians (1-4) and Lancers (2-5).
Cougars’ match postponed
Greenfield-Central’s match against Knighstown on Wednesday was rescheduled for May 15.
The Cougars defeated New Castle 4-1 Thursday night and are scheduled to face Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Shelbyville on Tuesday.