Daily Reporter staff reports

Class 3A No. 2 New Palestine scored seven runs in the third inning Monday en route to a 9-0 win against Wapahani.

The Dragons, who are now 11-1 this season, received home runs from Emily O’Connor, Ashley Prange and Issy Hoyt. Mackenzie Jones, Abbey White and Elisha Barker combined to allow three hits, with Barker getting the win. She struck out three batters.

Hoyt led New Palestine, which finished with 10 hits, with a 3-for-4 effort including two RBIs. Prange was 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Casey Lehman was 2-for-3. Tara Morey added a triple.

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The Dragons will play again today at home against Center Grove.

Eastern Hancock sneaks past Alexandria for road victory

Class 2A No. 13 Eastern Hancock won its fifth game in a row Monday, edging Alexandria-Monroe 5-4 on the road.

The Royals, who needed just six hits in the win, improved to 7-1 this season.

Sophomore outfielder Micah Black led the team with two hits and an RBI, while Peyton West, Kaysi Gilbert, Darby Shaw and Reagan Hunt also added a hit for Eastern Hancock.

Shaw, who added a double, also earned the win on the mound for the Royals, finishing with nine strikeouts in a complete game effort.

Mt. Vernon drops HHC contest against Delta

Mt. Vernon’s softball team lost 9-5 to Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Delta on Monday night at home.

Delta, which hammered 20 hits in the win, scored four times in the sixth inning to seal the win.

Mt. Vernon, which finished with eight hits, was led by Karly Van Slyke’s 3-for-3 performance at the plate. She added a home run with four RBIs.

Tennis

New Palestine falls to conference foe Yorktown

The New Palestine girls’ tennis team dropped a 4-1 contest to Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Yorktown on Monday.

The Dragons’ No. 1 doubles team of Lauren Hardebeck and Katie Settergren beat Meghan Stevens and Haley Durham 6-3, 6-4 to secure the lone win for New Palestine.

Amelia Fleetwood at No. 1 singles won the first set 6-4 and led 2-1 in the second set. Her opponent won the second set 6-3 and the super tie-breaker 10-7.

The New Palestine junior varsity team won 3-2 with Lauren Henry winning at No. 3 singles and both doubles pairings of Claire Cherry and Sheridan Schrowe and Kenna Welch and Abby Rist won.

Tri too much for Eastern Hancock

Eastern Hancock dropped a 5-0 contest to Tri on Monday.

Freshman Taylor Kline played a close match at No. 3 singles, losing 7-6, 6-0.

Marauders take care of business vs. Alexandria

Mt. Vernon girls’ tennis team easily handled Alexandria at home on Monday (5-0) to improve to 6-1 this season.

Sophomore Alaina Nelson moved up to No. 1 singles and dominated 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Olivia Spicer played No. 2 singles and won 6-2, 7-6. Freshman Kayleih Helm won her first varsity match 6-2, 6-0.

At No. 1 doubles, Emily Annakin and Brianna Partin won a tough match 7-5, 6-4. The No. 2 doubles team of Sophie Williams and Maeve McCafferty won 7-5, 7-5.

“Good win against a well-coached team,” Marauders head coach Gabe Muterspaugh said. “I looked out tonight and just saw one senior, so it could be great for Mt. Vernon tennis for the next couple of years.”

Baseball

Mt. Vernon starts strong in rout of Anderson

Mt. Vernon used an explosive start to handle Anderson on Monday 16-5.

Cole Cain (1-1) earned the win for the Marauders as the team scored eight times in the first three innings. Noah Powell led the team with four RBIs off two hits. Ryan Beck, Luke Smoot and Travis Mason also had two hits apiece.

Cain was charged with three earned runs in five innings of work.

The Marauders, who collected 16 hits in the victory Monday, return to action Thursday at home against Shenandoah (5:30 p.m.).

Eastern Hancock’s offense delivers in 3rd inning

Eastern Hancock’s baseball team used a nine-run third inning to run away with an 11-1 win against Waldron on Monday. The Royals are now 6-5.

Eastern Hancock, which finished with nine hits, was led by A.J. Muegge’s three hit performance. He finished with two RBIs.

Senior Tom Barton also added a hit and two RBIs in the win.

Muegge earned the win on the mound, finishing with six strikeouts.