Daily Reporter staff reports

The wait was worth it for the Mt. Vernon golf team. With their season opener postponed due to unpleasant weather last weekend, the Marauders finally hit the links Wednesday and put together a strong performance.

Mt. Vernon’s top four all shot 42 or better at Edgewood Golf Course in Anderson to defeat the host Lapel Bulldogs 159-201.

Leading the way for the Marauders was junior Will Dant, who secured medalist honors with a nine-hole score of 36.

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Oliver Mast followed with a 39, and Jacob Ault and Xavier Dunham both carded match scores of 42.

The junior varsity team also won their season opener with a 184-231 final over Lapel. Sophomore Max Heitman was medalist with a 44.

The Marauders travel to Hickory Stick on Saturday to face Center Grove at 1 p.m.

BASEBALL

Cougars win slugfest vs. Crusaders

The Greenfield-Central baseball team slugged its way to a 10-9 victory on the road against Scecina Memorial on Wednesday night.The Cougars improved to 2-4 on the season with the a victory. Tyler Mundell earned the win on the mound.

Drey Jameson hit a pair of home runs and finished with a team-best four RBIs in the back-and-forth battle on the diamond.

Chandler Bean added his first career base hit as the Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak.

Greenfield-Central (2-4, 0-2 HHC) plays host to Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Delta tonight at 5:30 p.m. in a doubleheader.

Royals ground Jets

The Eastern Hancock Royals came out red hot on Wednesday night and powered past Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Hauser 7-2.

The Royals collected 11 hits total and took advantage of three Jets’ errors to improve their season record to 1-1.

Tom Barton was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs as the Royals scored two runs in the first and in the third to pull ahead 4-2. They added three more insurance runs in the top of the fifth and sixth.

Addison True connected for a two-run double, and A.J. Muegge was 2-for-5 while also scoring two runs. Barton and Muegge each had a stolen base.

Clayton White picked up the win, pitching five innings and striking out three. Andrew Knoblock closed out the final two frames without allowing a hit.

SOFTBALL

Flashes end Dragons’ streak

Class 3A No. 3 New Palestine’s three-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night as 4A No. 13 Franklin Central won 9-3.

The host Flashes scored two runs in the first and six in the third to pull away.

New Palestine recorded seven hits, including a solo home run by Carly Roberts, but were charged with four errors.

Issy Hoyt finished 2-for-4 at the plate, Casey Lehman was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Madison Whitaker drove in the Dragons’ other run.

New Palestine is 3-1 on the season and played 4A No. 19 Hamilton Southeastern on Thursday.

TENNIS

Marauders win again

The Mt. Vernon girls tennis team picked up another win on Wednesday night, defeating Shenandoah at home 5-0.

Senior Cassie York swept at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 match. Alaina Nelson was nearly perfect at 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 singles competition.

Olivia Spicer was flawless at No. 3 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 final.

Brianna Partin and Emily Annakin scored a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 1 doubles, and Sophie Williams and Maeve McCafferty teamed at No. 2 doubles to win 6-3, 6-0.

“Great performance on back-to-back nights,” Mt. Vernon head coach Gabe Muterspaugh said. “Fantastic night for bagels and bagels … tastes so good withi MV tennis.”

The Marauders are now 2-0 on the season. The junior varsity team won 12-1.

Mt. Vernon traveled to Hoosier Heritage Conference rival Shelbyville on Thursday night.

Trojans shut out Royals

Eastern Hancock lost a tough 5-0 match against New Castle on Wednesday.

The host Trojans captured three points only needing two sets at each position, but the Royals battled to the end at No. 1 singles and doubles.

Sophomore Kayla Huff forced a three-set match by winning the first 7-6 before dropping the next two 6-2, 6-3.

The tandem of Lexi McMahan and Emiley Carlton fell behind 6-1 but rallied back 6-2 in the second set to force a third. New Castle’s twosome narrowly escaped in the finale 7-5.