Daily Reporter staff reports
Class 3A No. 4 New Palestine won its fifth-straight game to start the season, beating Perry Meridian 6-3 on Monday.
The Dragons broke a three-all tie with a two-run third inning. New Palestine then added another insurance run in the seventh.
Cameron Pitzer came on in relief after a weather delay and pitched four shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out eight batters to earn his first varsity win. Jacob Garrison struck out the side in a perfect seventh to earn the save.
The Dragons had 10 hits, led by Jacob Smith’s two doubles. He also scored twice and drove in two runs. Keegan Watson doubled twice, scored three runs and had an RBI. Jack Walker was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Nick Rusche was 2-for-4 with a run.
New Palestine will play again Thursday at home against Knightstown.
Track and Field
New Palestine wins meet
New Palestine’s track teams swept two Hoosier Heritage Conference foes Friday.
The Dragon girls finished with 79 points to beat Greenfield-Central (45) and Shelbyville (40). The Dragon boys won with 73 points. Shelbyville scored 49 points and Greenfield-Central 42.
In the girls meet, New Palestine won 10 events to take first place. Grace Shanahan won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Jordan Reid won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and Lillie Cain won both the shot put and discus. Other winners for the Dragons were Grace Voelz in the 3200-meter run and Kaylin Casner in the 1,600-meter run. New Palestine also won two relays.
Results were not available for the Greenfield-Central girls.
New Palestine’s boys won eight events Friday to take first. Demetre Mitchell won the shot put and discus. Brady Walden won the 100-meter dash, Sam Voelz won the 400-meter dash, Connor Dobbins won the 800-meter run and Jared Reed won the 300-meter hurdles. The Dragons also won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays.
Greenfield-Central was led by Grant Dekeyser, who won the 110-meter hurdles. He was second in the 300-meter hurdles, as well. Zac Archibald and Jacob Hansen also earned first-place finishes for the Cougars. Archibald won the 1,600-meter run and Hansen the 3,200-meter run.
The distance duo teamed with Cooper Hanson and Conner Kinnaman to finish second in the 3,200-meter relay. Also earning second for Greenfield-Central was Tate Helm in the shot put and discus.
New Palestine is now 3-0 in dual and tri meets.
Royals fall to Southwestern
Eastern Hancock lost to Southwestern 5-0 on Monday.
At No 1 singles, Chelsi McMahan lost to Jenna Kuntz 2-6, 2-6, while Kayla Huff lost to Abby Sweet 2-6, 2-6 at No. 2 singles. Taylor Kline, at No. 3 singles, lost to Venessa Smith 0-6, 0-6.
In doubles action, the Royals No. 1 team of Erin McKeeman and Cassandra Hannemann lost 0-6, 1-6 to Morgan Brockman and Brenna Jackson. At No. 2 doubles, Eastern Hancock’s Madison Hagan and Valentina Brooks lost to Talice Relleke and Haley Bowman 2-6, 4-6.