Daily Reporter staff reports

The Mt. Vernon girls tennis team continues to roll. On Wednesday, the Marauders swept past Hoosier Heritage Conference foe New Castle 5-0 on the road.

Mt. Vernon, which is ranked 28th in the latest polls, improved to 12-1 on the year with the victory.

They lost only two games total with No. 1 singles player Cassie York leading the way with a 6-0, 6-0 win. Alaina Nelson defeated her opponent 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.

Olivia Spicer scored a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles. At No. 1 doubles, the tandem of Emily Annakin and Brianna Partin prevailed 6-0, 6-1.

Sophie Williams and Maeve McCafferty followed suit at No. 2 doubles with a 6-0, 6-0 score.

“Good to dominate after being off since Saturday,” Mt. Vernon head coach Gabe Muterspaugh said. “We are playing great right now with sectional next week. Girls are focused and coming ready to play each night. It is like opening the game and letting the lions hunt. I just follow.”

Dragons drop close match

The New Palestine tennis team battled to the end Wednesday before losing to Whiteland on the road 3-2.The Dragons doubles teams kept them in the match as Whiteland swept each singles matchup.

Lauren Hardebeck and Katie Settergren won at No. 1 doubles, defeating Hannah Blum and Lucy Foster 6-0, 6-1.

Josee King and Cassie Willhelm survived with high-energy play to take a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory at No. 2 doubles.

Amelia Fleetwood lost at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0. Ivey Simmons went down at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-0. Lexi Miller, who was suffering from a respiratory problem, gutted through a 7-6, 6-0 loss at No. 3 singles.

GOLF

Dragons take third

The New Palestine golf team finished third in a three-way match with Shelbyville and Columbus North on Wednesday at Hawk’s Tail in Greenfield.Blake Barnette shot a 43 on the par-36 back nine to led the Dragons. Lucas Swanson finished with a 44 and Nick Lyon had a 45. Elijah Domogala carded a round of 50.

“We faced two really good teams in Columbus North and Shelbyville last night at home. We shot our normal score at home, which wasn’t good enough to contend,” New Palestine head coach Gregg Greene said. “Blake had a nice round and was close to breaking 40 if a few putts dropped.”

SOFTBALL

Marauders power past Wildcats

The Mt. Vernon softball team clubbed their way past Lawrence North on the road 11-9 on Wednesday night.MacKenzie McCann went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and a home run, while Kristin Conners was 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

The Marauders scored four runs in the first inning and five in the second to pull ahead 9-0. Lawrence North answered with back-to-back two-run frames in the third and fourth and rallied with five runs in the seventh, but Mt. Vernon fended them off.

Macie Dungan was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Savanna Schultz added another hit and an RBI in Mt. Vernon’s nine-hit attack.

Royals win in shutout

The Eastern Hancock Royals scored a 4-0 shutout against Indian Creek at home on Wednesday.The Royals improved to 11-3 on the season and 5-2 in the Mid-Hoosier Conference while Indian Creek fell to 6-8 and 2-4 MHC.

Eastern Hancock came out strong, scoring four runs through the fifth inning while pitching ace Darby Shaw shut down the visitors.

Shaw tossed a complete game, allowing just four hits through seven innings and striking out seven. The win was her ninth this year.

Seven different players recorded a hit for the Royals with Brooke Walden going 1-for-1 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Eriel Truitt and Caitlin Richmond were both 1-for-2 with RBIs. Faithe Webster drove in the Royals’ other run.

BASEBALL

Cougars fall to Royals

The Greenfield-Central baseball team dropped to 8-11 on the year after suffering a setback on the road Wednesday night.The Cougars lost 3-0 to the host Hamilton Southeastern Royals struggling to match the Royals’ eight hits. Greenfield-Central finished with a pair of hits from Tate Hall and Tyler Farrell.