Daily Reporter staff reports

The Mt. Vernon baseball team opened their season at home with a 5-1 win against Southport on Tuesday night.

The Marauders (1-0) took an early lead with two runs in the bottom of the third.

They pulled ahead 5-0 with another three runs in the fourth.

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Southport didn’t get on the board until the top of the seventh as Mt. Vernon’s pitching staff combined to hold the Cardinals to one hit.

Kennedy Parker, Mitch McCarthy, Ryan Beck and Noah Powell all worked from the mound to strike out eight hitters.

Beck, Tyler Franklin and Brandon Turner each had triples while Beck, Travis Mason and Sam Norman each recorded two stolen bases.

Mt. Vernon travels to Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Delta on Saturday.

Cougars fall to Rebels

The Greenfield-Central baseball team dropped to 1-2 on the season with an 11-0 loss to Roncalli on Tuesday.

The Cougars were limited to one hit as Roncalli’s offense erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the first and added four more in the fourth.

Tyler Mundell logged Greenfield-Central’s lone hit. Nick Johnson took the loss.

The Cougars are back on the field Friday when they host HHC rival New Castle.

Softball

Royals ground Golden Eagles

The Eastern Hancock Royals opened the season with a road victory Tuesday night.

The Royals defeated Cambridge City Lincoln 2-0.

They returned to the mound yesterday and were scheduled to play four game this week with three on the road.

Tennis

Dragons open season with win

The New Palestine girls tennis team opened the season with a 4-1 win against visiting Shenandoah on Tuesday night.

The Dragons collected a 6-2, 6-3 straight-set win from Katie Settergren at No. 2 singles and clinched the match with a doubles sweep.

Cassie Willhelm and Ivey Simmons were victorious at No. 1 doubles 6-1, 6-5. Josie King and Claire Cherry won at No. 2 doubles 6-2, 6-2.

Lauren Hardebeck prevailed in a super-tiebreaker 7-5, 6-7(6) at No. 1 singles for New Palestine.

Lexi Miller dropped a hard-fought loss at No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

The Dragons return to action Friday at New Castle.

Track and field

Mt. Vernon splits with Yorktown

Mt. Vernon’s track and field teams split with Yorktown Tuesday night with the boys winning 92-31 and the girls losing 62-61.

For the boys, Christian Noble won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs and helped the team earned first in the 3,200-meter relay. The Marauders also won the 400- and 1,600-meter relays while Brisco Wood earned a blue ribbon in the 800-meter run.

Garrett Mauk won both throwing events for Mt. Vernon, as well, as Mark Lough took first in the high jump.

For the girls’ team, Riley Chambers and Katelyn Kiphart won the shot and discus throws while Kiara Gibson earned a blue ribbon in the 100-meter dash.

Marauders Leah Chaves won the 800-meter run and helped Mt. Vernon win the 400-meter relay. The Marauders also won the 3,200-meter relay.

Mt. Vernon returns to action at the Terra Haute Invitational on April 15.

Dragons sweep Woodmen

New Palestine’s track and field teams picked up double wins over Greenwood on Tuesday. The boys won 81-49 and the girls won 63-61.

For the boys, Brady Walden won the 100-meter dash and long jump while Spencer Corey took first in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Their teammate Jared Reed won a blue ribbon in the 300-meter hurdles while Andrew Yazel was victorious in discus.

Dragons pole vaulter Tyler Carrie also won a blue ribbon.

On the girls’ side, Grace Voelz (800- and 1,600-meter) and Lillie Cain (shot, discus) were double winners. Teammate Victoria Crowder won the 400-meter dash while Annabelle Dockins took first in the long-jump competition.

“Overall, Tuesday was a great team effort by the boys and girls,” New Palestine coach Kyle Ralph said. “We showed we have a lot of depth which means there will be a lot of competition for the top spots as the season goes on. It was a great way to start the season. Now we need to be committed to improving every single day.”

The Dragons will compete against Shelbyville and Greenfield-Central today at Greenfield-Central.