Daily Reporter staff reports
Michaela Ballman went 5-for-5 and tied the state record with four home runs to lead Greenfield-Central to a 23-4 win against Speedway on Monday in the season opener.
She also collected 10 RBIs.
Sarah Morris went 2-for-2 with a triple, while Morganne Denny was 3 of 5 with a double, triple and four RBIs.
Sydney Williams collected the win on the mound for the Cougars and also went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Greenfield-Central scored 12 runs in the second inning and seven more in the third to take a 20-1 lead and never look back.
Greenfield-Central tames Lawrence North
The Cougars improved to 1-1 with a 10-8 win against Lawrence North on Monday at home.
Spencer Hert saw a pitch he liked and sent it over the wall in the bottom of the first inning for Greenfield-Central. He finished 1-for-3 at the plate and also earned the win on the mound (1-0).
Drey Jameson earned the save and finished with two RBIs, while Tyler Mundell finished with two RBIs, as well. The Cougars scored five runs in the first and third innings and finished with 10 hits as a team.
New Palestine tops Martinsville in opener
Zach Lovell threw three scoreless innings and struck out six batters to lead New Palestine to a 7-5 win against Martinsville on Monday. The Dragons scored three runs in the third inning and led 6-1 after five.
New Palestine used four different pitchers in the win and collected 10 total strikeouts.
Offensively Monday, Branden Roberts finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and RBI, while Colby Jenkins was 2-for-4. The Dragons finished with 10 hits and 10 walks in the season opening victory.
New Palestine will host Shelbyville on Friday for the first conference doubleheader of the season.
Eastern Hancock falls just short vs. Hagerstown
Eastern Hancock had four players collect two hits, but it was not enough to overcome Hagerstown on Monday as the Royals were edged, 6-5.
Tom Barton, Jarett Lewis, A.J. Muegge and Dwight Duzan all finished with two hits apiece for the Royals, who compiled 10 hits as a team. Lewis and Muegge each had a double, as well.
Eastern Hancock took a 3-2 lead in the third inning, but Hagerstown would answer with three runs of their own in the fifth to run away with the win.