Staff reports

Mt. Vernon’s tennis team played its first home meet Tuesday and pulled out a 3-2 win against Franklin Central to improve to 2-0 this season.

The No. 2 doubles team of Sophie Williams and Maeve McCafferty won 6-0, 6-0 to earn the first point of the night. Then, at No. 1 doubles, Emily Annakin and Maeve Laughlin won 6-2, 6-4 to put the Marauders up 2-0.

“Doubles did what our doubles do, just win,” Mt. Vernon head coach Gabe Muterspaugh said.

“We knew Franklin Central had strong singles players, and it showed. Alaina (Nelson) has moved up to No. 1 singles, so she will see good players every night.

“She broke the girl’s spirit in the third set early and got us the win versus a solid team.”

The singles matches were very competitive, according to Muterspaugh, with Kayleigh Helm losing 2-6, 4-6 at No. 3 singles.

At No. 2 singles, Olivia Spicer lost 6-7 (5), 4-6. With the match down to No. 1 singles, Alaina Nelson won the first set 7-5 but lost 3-6 in the second. She pulled out a 6-2 win in the third set to seal the team victory.

New Pal improves to 3-0

The New Palestine tennis team swept Triton Central on Tuesday, 5-0.Amelia Fleetwood beat Samantha Felling 6-1, 6-1. Fleetwood lost to Felling in last year’s match against the Tigers.

At No. 2 singles, Lexi Miller topped Hannah Duncan 6-3, 6-4. At No. 3 singles, Ivey Simmons completed the singles sweep with a comfortable 6-2, 6-0 win.

In doubles play, New Palestine’s Katie Settergren and Josee King beat Gabbi Mahurin and Abi Eck 6-0, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Cassie Willhelm and Lauren Didelot lost their first set 6-4 but closed out the match with sets of 6-4, 6-1 to secure the win.

The Dragons varsity team is now 3-0 this season.

They will play Park Tudor at home at 5 p.m. Thursday and Franklin Central at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Softball

Mt. Vernon drops conference game

Mt. Vernon’s softball team lost to conference foe Yorktown on Tuesday, 6-4.Junior Jadan Fithian was 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Marauders, who fall to 0-1 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference. MaKenzie Gee and Sydnee Perry also had two hits on the night.

Kaitlyn Nugent pitched a complete game.

Mt. Vernon will play again on Saturday at Columbus East.

Golf

New Palestine falls to Whiteland

The New Palestine golf team shot its best home score since moving to Hawk’s Tail but dropped its match to Whiteland on Tuesday, 166-170. The Dragons split the day and beat Greenfield-Central (184) in the three-way meet.Elijah Domogala led New Palestine with a round of 41. Blake Barnette, Quinn Dobbins and Nick Lyon all shot 43’s.

“We played a solid round and yet had too many mistakes to overcome to win,” Dragons head coach Gregg Greene said.

Greenfield-Central’s scores were not available.

New Palestine is back in action Thursday at Hawk’s Tail against Knightstown.

Baseball

Westfield pitching blanks Marauders

Mt. Vernon’s baseball team lost to Westfield Tuesday, 6-0.The Marauders had trouble keeping up with Westfield’s pitching staff, which combined to throw a no-hitter.

Luke Smoot reached third base for Mt. Vernon. Westfield finished with nine hits in the win.

The Marauders play again on Friday in a Hoosier Heritage Conference doubleheader at Shelbyville.