Despite spending plenty of time on the basepaths, the Eastern Hancock baseball team struggled to push runners across the plate in its 5-2 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Kings.
The Royals (10-6) collected just two hits but walked nine times against the home school squad. Devin Denny and Brandon Reid scored the only runs for the Royals.
Reid and Cole Fout were responsible for Eastern Hancock’s hits. Garek Ferguson walked three times, while Fout and Austin Lacy took two free passes each.
The loss was the Royals’ second in three games.
They will try to get back into the win column Saturday in a home doubleheader against Daleville (7-10).
Royals fall against Frankton
Eastern Hancock’s five-game winning streak came to a halt with Wednesday’s 7-4 loss at Class 2A. No. 11 Frankton.
The Eagles (11-4) scored five runs in the first inning that proved too much for the Royals to overcome.
Eastern Hancock scored three in the top of the third inning to pull within two, but Frankton answered with three in its half of third.
The Royals (11-3) collected nine hits in the defeat. They host Centerville tonight.
Cougars defeat Shenandoah
Class 4A No. 12 Greenfield-Central collected 15 hits en route to a 7-5 victory at Class 2A No. 7 Shenandoah (9-5) on Wednesday.
Morganne Denny led the way with four hits, including a double, and two runs scored.
Michaela Ballman and Darcie Huber picked up two hits, two runs and an RBI each. Deena Miller and Jessi Brunk also added a couple of hits.
Next up for the Cougars (15-3) is Monday’s matchup at Indianapolis Chatard (7-5).
Arabians drub Mt. Vernon
The Marauders kept it close for a while, but Pendleton Heights finally broke through with a four-run fourth inning and cruised to an 11-1 victory Thursday in Fortville.
Mt. Vernon’s MacKenzie McCann went 1 for 2 at the plate.
The Arabians (11-5, 3-0 HHC) remain in first place and undefeated in league play. The Marauders (7-7, 2-4 HHC) will look to bounce back tonight at Westfield (9-8).
Marauders sweep Warriors
Mt. Vernon earned a shutout victory Wednesday, defeating Warren Central 5-0 in Indianapolis.
Cassie York, Sarah Jones and Alaina Nelson all picked up singles victories, while Addison Eads/Emily Annakin and Brianna Partin/Kendra Eberhard won their doubles matches.
“I love our grit,” Mt. Vernon coach Gabe Muterspaugh said afterwards. “Our (doubles) have been a focus of improvement, and they have made huge strides.”
The Marauders are 8-3 on the season. The play against Saturday at the North Montgomery Invitational.
The Mt. Vernon JV team also won by a score of 9-1. They are 10-1 for the year.
Muncie Burris tops Royals despite Eastern Hancock singles victory
No. 1 singles player Hailey Carlton picked up the lone win for Eastern Hancock in its 4-1 loss Wednesday against Muncie Burris in Charlottesville.
Carlton won 6-1, 7-6.
No. 2 singles player Grace Perkins pushed both of her sets to tiebreakers but came up short in each (7-6, 7-5).
The Royals (4-10) play Monday at Lapel.
Mt. Vernon cruises past Triton Central at Arrowhead Golf Course
The Marauders posted a 154 to defeat the visiting Tigers (196) at Arrowhead Golf Course.
Oliver Mast shot even-par 35 to take home medalist honors.
Following Mast were Jack Harker (37), Jake Yurack (40) and Jacob Ault (42).
Mt. Vernon moves to 7-3 on the year and will head to Batesville for Saturday’s invitational.
Royals come up short vs. North Decatur in conference matchup
Eastern Hancock’s 194 was not good enough to keep pace with the Chargers on Tuesday night at the Royal Hylands.
North Decatur posted a 165 to secure the Mid-Hoosier Conference victory.
Nelson Dulin led the way for the Royals, shooting a 42.
Conner Cross came up with a 49, Jait Shultz a 51 and Kenny Bunnell and Cole Allen 52s.
The Royals (2-7) and county rival Greenfield-Central play in the Delaware Invitational on Saturday.