Royal outing: Teams top Small School Invite field

Daily Reporter staff reports

Eastern Hancock’s boys and girls track and field teams each took first in the annual Small School Invitational on Saturday at Randolph Southern High School.

On the boys side of the meet, Clayton Brumfield (middle distance) and Devyn Brinson (sprints) shared the Athlete of the Meet award.

For the girls, Eastern Hancock continued to impress with Taylor Stine winning the girls’ Athlete of the Meet award.

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New Palestine shows strength at Midwest Prep

New Palestine’s track and field teams competed at the Midwest Prep Invitational on Saturday at Lawrence Central and had several Dragons finish with solid showings.Brady Walden led the boys squad with a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter dash. Walden also had a ninth-place finish in the long jump.

Riley Wilson placed seventh in the 800-meter run and Spencer Corey was eighth in the 400-meter run. The Dragons 1,600-meter relay team finished in 10th and the 4×800-meter relay team came in fifth.

For the girls, the 4×800-meter relay team of Mattie Waggoner, Bailey Wallace, Sarah Schwartz and Grace Voelz finished in fourth while Victoria Crowder placed seventh in the 400-meter dash.

Lillie Cain had two top-10 finishes, placing ninth in both shot put and discus.

In the 1600-meter run, Waggoner was 16th and Voelz finished right behind her in 17th.

Golf

Dragons shoot 365 at Center Grove

New Palestine’s boys golf team finished with a team score of 365 and finished ninth overall on Saturday at the Center Grove Invitational.Blake Barnette and Elijah Domogala each shot rounds of 89. Barnette shot a birdie on the par-4 second hole while Domogala carded a 40 on the par-36 back-nine.

Nick Lyon shot a 91 and Matthew Kelley carded a 96 to round out the team’s scoring. Evan Rejer added a round of 100.

“It was a great day to play and huge improvement from the last two years,” head coach Gregg Greene said. “We played well and putted better than ever.”

Softball

Grand s

lam sets tone for Mt. Vernon sweepMt. Vernon’s softball team produced plenty of offense Saturday in a 9-1, 9-8 doubleheader sweep of Columbus East.

In Game 1, Morgan Moss used a grand slam to cap an eight-run second inning for the Marauders, who grabbed a lead they would never give up. On the mound, Katie Nugent earned the win for Mt. Vernon and finished with five strikeouts.

In the second contest, despite registering double-digit hits, the Marauders used a two-run final frame to steal the win. Makenzie Gee had the game-winning double. The Marauders finished with 13 hits in the win and 20 overall for the day.

Moss was 2-for-4 at the plate in Game 2 and smashed another home run, her third of the season.

New Palestine hurlers lead Dragons to title

New Palestine’s softball team, which finished with six home runs in a game last week, got impressive contributions from its pitching staff on Saturday in two wins for the Whiteland Invitational title.Abbey White and Elisha Barker each threw shutouts to lead the Dragons to 5-0, 1-0 wins against Perry Meridian and Jennings County.

Against Jennings County, Barker allowed five hits and struck out eight.

Carly Roberts drew the only walk and scored on Ashley Prange’s hit, providing the game’s only run.

Tara Morey added a double, while Issy Hoyt and Mackenzie Jones also had hits for New Palestine.

Against Perry Meridian, the Dragons used a four-run sixth inning to run away with the win. White allowed six hits and finished with six strikeouts.

Madison Whitaker and Casey Lehman were 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the team. Mary Crumlin, Emily O’Connor and Hoyt each had a hit and an RBI.

New Palestine is now 6-1 and returns to action today at Yorktown.

Baseball

Mt. Vernon splits with Shelbyville

Brayden Augustinovicz knocked the game-winning base hit for the Marauders in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Saturday against Shelbyville as the team collected 14 hits in a 5-4 win.Augustinovicz finished with three hits, while Wyatt Vestal, Tyler Franklin, Travis Mason and Noah Powell each had two hits apiece. Powell also earned the win on the mound, while pitchers Kennedy Parker and Mitch McCarthy helped him combine for four hits and eight strikeouts.

In Game 2, Powell led off the game with a home run but it was not enough as the Marauders fell 5-3. Brayden Augustinovicz, Luke Smoot and Brandon Turner each recorded two hits for Mt. Vernon, which committed two costly errors in the loss.

Tennis

Marauders finish 2nd at invite, Dragons 6th

Mt. Vernon’s girls’ tennis team finished second (43 points) out of eight teams Saturday at its own invitational. Marion, ranked No. 15 in the state, won the competition.Olivia Spicer at No. 3 singles finished 3-0 on the day to win the individual championship. She is now 6-0 this season. The No. 2 doubles team also went undefeated as Maeve McCafferty and Sophie Williams went 3-0, as well. They are also 6-0 this year.

At No. 1 singles, Cassie York finished second to a Marion player by a score of 3-6, 4-6 (5-1). Alaina Nelson finished second (2-1 overall) to a Marion all-state player 4-6, 4-6 (5-1).

Richmond finished third with 30 total points, while Lebanon was fourth with 17. New Palestine finished sixth overall with 13 points.

For the Dragons, the No. 1 doubles team of Lauren Hardebeck and Katie Settergren finished third, winning the final match against Muncie Central.

Freshman Jose King also was part of that tandem and subbed in to play the final round match.