Daily Reporter staff reports

New Palestine’s baseball team split its conference doubleheader with Delta on Saturday. The Dragons won Game 1 with a final score of 12-1 in five innings and lost the second game 6-4.

With two HHC doubleheaders remaining, New Palestine (8-2) holds a one-game lead against Pendleton Heights for the conference lead.

On Saturday, the Dragons, who finished with 11 hits in Game 1, received a first-inning grand slam from Patrick Hopkins.

He finished with six RBIs in the game and was 2-for-3 overall. New Palestine, with the help of Hopkins, led 10-1 after two innings.

Zach Lovell (6-0) earned the win on the mound and finished with five strikeouts.

Lovell also was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Jason Hall-Manley went 2-for-4 with three runs, an RBI and a double while Keegan Watson was 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI.

In Game 2, Delta struck early and often on way to a 6-1 lead heading into the final at-bat for the Dragons. New Palestine scored three runs but eventually fell just short.

Evan Fitzgerald led the team’s (15-5) nine-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run. Colby Jenkins was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Hall-Manley and James Crumlin each had a hit and an RBI.

Watson earned the loss on the mound but struck out 11 batters.

Daleville too much for Royals in 2 games

Eastern Hancock’s baseball team dropped two games on Saturday at Daleville, 9-1 and 6-1 in doubleheader action.

In Game 1, the Royals managed just one run off one hit from senior Tom Barton en route to the loss. Daleville knocked 11 hits and finished with eight RBIs.

A.J. Muegge took the loss on the mound in the first game.

In Game 2, the host team managed 11 more hits as Eastern Hancock could only manage five. The Royals also committed three errors. Muegge, Devin Denny, Jarett Lewis, Dwight Duzan and Garek Ferguson each had a hit for the team, which is now 9-8 this season.

Softball

Royals win in extra innings against Lapel

Eastern Hancock’s softball team scored two runs in the ninth to beat Lapel 8-6 in extra innings Saturday to improve to 10-3 this season.

The Royals collected 13 hits in the win but committed six errors. Peyton West led the team with three hits while Eriel Truitt added three RBIs. Kaysi Gilbert, Darby Shaw and Brooke Walden finished with two hits for Eastern Hancock while Micah Black added a double.

Shaw, who gave up 10 hits to Lapel, earned the win on the mound.

Catcher leads way, Dragons sweep event

New Palestine catcher Casey Lehman knocked six hits on Saturday as the Class 3A No. 2 Dragons earned wins over 2A No. 2 Elwood and Western Boone at the Elwood Invitational.

In Game 1, the Dragons scored single runs in the third and fourth innings and three more in the sixth to take a five-run lead before exploding in the seventh.

Lehman, who was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, led the team’s 16-hit attack while Mary Crumlin was 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, two runs and four RBIs. Issy Hoyt was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Elisha Barker earned the win on the mound for New Palestine, allowing just seven hits.

In Game 2, the Dragons used 17 hits to end the game in five innings. Mackenzie Jones, who got the start on the mound, allowed only two hits to the Stars. Crumlin drove in nine of the team’s 25 runs on Saturday.

Golf

Dragons finish 9th in Batesville Invitational

New Palestine’s golf team finished in ninth out of a 12-team field at the Batesville Invitational on Saturday.

Blake Barnette shot a round of 88, using just 31 putts and hitting seven greens in regulation to lead the Dragons.

Nick Lyon added a 93, Lucas Swanson shot a 96 and Evan Rejer finished with a 98.

New Palestine was also sixth in the best-ball competition, which takes the team’s lowest score on each hole.

“Overall it was a nice improvement from last season,” Dragons’ head coach Gregg Greene said. “We gained valuable experience on a great course and have conference next Saturday.”

Tennis

Mt. Vernon blanks Covington at invite

Mt. Vernon’s tennis team beat Covington 5-0 on Saturday at the North Montgomery Invitational to improve to 11-1 this season.

In singles action, Cassie York, Alaina Nelson and Olivia Spicer all won 6-0, 6-0.

The remainder of the meet was cancelled due to rain.

Shelbyville edges New Palestine

New Palestine’s girls tennis team fell 3-2 to Shelbyville on Friday after a close ending at No. 2 and No. 3 singles.

With the Golden Bears up 2-1 over the Dragons, Ivey Simmons fought to take the first set 7-6 (7-4) at No. 3 singles after being down 2-5. Daniela Joseph won the second set 6-4, though, as the final set saw Joseph squeeze through 6-4 for the win.

Meanwhile, Lexi Miller (No. 2 singles) was involved in a struggle against Shelbyville’s Julia Ferreira. Miller won the first set 6-1. Ferreira won the next one 6-4. Miller kept focus to take the final set 6-3.

Brianna Ayres played a nice match to win 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles over New Palestine’s Amelia Fleetwood.

The Dragons’ No. 1 doubles team of Lauren Hardebeck and Katie Settergren lost to Cassidy Skipton and Alivia Chenoweth 6-2, 6-2. The No. 2 doubles team of Cassie Willhelm and Josee King won though, topping Makayla Schacht and Sam Watson 6-1, 6-3.