Dragons win 4th straight
The second-ranked Class 3A New Palestine softball team stretched its winning streak to four Tuesday night, defeating Yorktown 12-1 on the road.
The Dragons grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and posted back-to-back three-run frames in the third and fourth to take a commanding advantage. A decisive five-run sixth inning put the game out of reach.
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New Palestine had 11 hits and just two extra-base hits.
Issy Hoyt was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, and Ashley Prange finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a home run for the Dragons. Tara Morey was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored.
Kaylee Kropp, Emily O’Conner, Mackenzie Jones and Brooke Butler each drove in a run for New Palestine. Elisha Barker pitched five innings in relief to earn the win after allowing five hits.
The victory pushed New Palestine’s record to 7-1 and 2-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
Marauders bounce back
The Mt. Vernon Marauders didn’t need much time to recover from Monday’s 3-1 home loss to HHC rival New Castle.
On the road Tuesday night, the Marauders rallied back from a 1-0 deficit to beat Frankton 6-1.
The host Eagles pulled ahead in the bottom of the first, but the Marauders used consecutive three-run innings in the sixth and seventh to win.
Macie Dungan was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and Lauren Montgomery was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Kaitlyn Nugent held the Eagles to four hits to earn the win.
The Marauders are now 3-3 on the season and host New Palestine at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Royals win in shutout
The Eastern Hancock Royals erupted early and poured it on throughout to win 10-0 in five innings against Morristown on Tuesday.
The Royals scored six runs in the bottom of the first and added another three in the third to pull ahead 9-0. They scored their final run in the bottom of the fifth to win by run-rule.
The win improves Eastern Hancock’s record to 5-1 and gives them a 2-1 mark in the Mid-Hoosier Conference.
Cougars blank Mohawks
The Greenfield-Central Cougars came out ready to play Tuesday night, blanking the host Waldron Mohawks 5-0.
The Cougars got off to a solid start, winning both their No. 1 and 2 doubles matches early and quickly in two sets.
Sara Hudson and Haidyn Goodwin won at No. 1 doubles 6-0, 6-0 while Aly Proper and Kaleigh Stephenson took No. 2 doubles 6-2, 6-0.
No. 1 singles player Lindsey McCord beat her opponent 6-3, 6-0. Kate Henderson scored a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles. No. 3 singles went to Erin Wright by forfeit.
The Cougars are now 2-2 on the season.
Marauders nearly sweep
The Mt. Vernon Marauders were dominant Tuesday night, beating Rushville 5-0.
Cassie York at No. 1 singles, Alaina Nelson at No. 2 singles and the tandem of Maeve McCafferty and Sophie Williams at No. 2 doubles all won 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 singles player Olivia Spicer and Emily Annakin and Brianna Partin at No. 1 doubles won their matches 6-0, 6-1.
“Good win tonight,” Mt. Vernon head coach Gabe Muterspaugh said. “We get to see how we compare with top 10 Delta (next). We are excited and pumped.”
The Marauders traveled to Delta on Wednesday.
Tigers beat Marauders
The Fishers Tigers welcomed the Mt. Vernon Marauders to neighboring Hamilton County on Tuesday night and show minimal hospitality.
Losing to Fishers 5-0, the Marauders dropped to 4-2 on the season.
Noah Powell led Mt. Vernon by finishing 3-for-3 at the plate. Cole Cain, making his first start, pitched four innings, surrendering two runs with four strikeouts.
The Marauders host New Palestine for a HHC doubleheader at 5 p.m. today.
Track and field
Dragons sweep at Waldron
The New Palestine boys track team scored 121 points and the girls finished with 96 to sweep their four-way meet at Waldron on Monday night.
Triton Central (48) was second in the boys meet, followed by Waldron (30) and Hauser (29). The game order help true in the girls meet.
The Dragons’ boys won 13 of 15 events, including a quartet of double-winners in Brady Walden (100-meter dash, long jump), Chase Crowder (1,600- and 3,200-meter runs), Spencer Corey (200, 400) and Austin Hart (110- and 300-meter hurdles).
Riley Wilson won the 800, and David Judy was first in the shot put. The Dragons swept all three relays.
The girls won all three relays and Grace Voelz was a double-winner in the 800 and 1,600. Victoria Crowder won the 400. Sarah Schwartz won the 3,200.