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New Palestine's Andrew Roberts slides safely to third against Roy Ramey of Whiteland on April 17, 2017. (Tom Russo | Daily Reporter) THOMAS J RUSSO

New Palestine falls to Irish in thriller

The New Palestine baseball team pushed the fourth-ranked Class 4A Cathedral Fighting Irish to the brink Tuesday night.

The No. 2 Class 3A Dragons rallied to take the lead twice at Marian University in Indianapolis before narrowly losing 4-3 to the Irish in 11 innings.

The teams traded the lead several times in the tight matchup, with the Irish going up 1-0 early. New Palestine scored two runs in the top of the second to take a 2-1 advantage. The Dragons posted another run in the top of the fifth to reclaim the lead 3-2.

Cathedral tied the game in the bottom of the fifth 3-3 before the game went into four extra innings.

The Irish loaded the bases twice in extra innings, including with no outs in the bottom of the 10th, but the Dragons pitching staff held the host scoreless until the 11th.

Colby Jenkins had an RBI double for the Dragons. Cameron Pitzer drove in a run and Jacob Smith had a hit and a run. Kyle Gardner finished with a double and a run scored. Nick Rushe added a double, while Jack Walker and Keegan Watson each had a hit.

The Dragons are now 8-2 on the season and host Mt. Vernon on Friday in a key Hoosier Heritage Conference doubleheader.

Royals beat Titans

The Eastern Hancock Royals opened Tuesday’s game against Tri with a 5-0 lead and never looked back.

The Royals won big 16-5 behind a 12-hit attack to overcome five errors. Eastern Hancock is now 5-4 on the season.

Against Tri, the Royals scored five runs in the first inning, two in the second, six in the sixth and three more in the top of the seventh.

Addison True went 4-for-4 with eight RBIs on a home run and a double. He also walked while scoring two runs.

Clayton White and Andrew Knoblock both recorded doubles. White went 1-for-5 with an RBI. Devin Denny was 2-for-4 with an RBI and four runs. A.J. Muegge went 3-for-5 with four runs scored and an RBI. Levi Majority had two RBIs.

Knoblock pitched the complete game for the win, striking out three and allowing just two earned runs.

Softball

Marauders ground Eagles

The Mt. Vernon softball team nearly scored in every inning Tuesday night at home to defeat the state-ranked Class 2A Frankton Eagles 12-4.

The host Marauders broke a 2-2 first-inning tie by scoring three runs in the bottom of the second and adding five more in the third. Mt. Vernon drove in one run in both the fourth and fifth.

The Class 4A Marauders (3-5) compiled 17 hits led by MaKenzie Gee who was 3-for-3. She had three RBIs and reached base four times while scoring four runs.

Sydnee Perry was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Mackenzie McCann was 2-for-4 and had three RBIs. Jadan Fithian was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Morgan Scruggs and Cassidy Parker had two hits apiece. Kaitlyn Nugent earned the win while striking out nine batters.

Royals cruise to victory

The No. 8 Class 2A Eastern Hancock Royals only need five innings to run-rule Morristown 17-0 on Tuesday.

The Royals stung the host Yellow Jackets with one run in the first, eight in the second and eight more the final three frames to win.

Eastern Hancock is now 7-2 on the season.

The Royals turned in 13 hits in the rout, including a triple by Eriel Truitt and a double from Elise Bittinger.

Brooke Walden and Micah Black both had two RBIs. Truitt, Kaysi Gilbert and Madelyn White all finished 2-for-2 at the plate.

Bittinger earned the win after carrying a no-hitter through two innings with four strikeouts. Jessi Potts finished out the game with a one-hitter and four strikeouts in three innings.

Golf

Cougars best Warriors

The Greenfield-Central boys golf team defeated Warren Central at home Tuesday 203-213.

The Cougars were led by Noah Mohler and Jordan Wray. The duo turned in scores of 48 to help the squad seal their 10-stroke victory.

Dragons take down Flashes

The New Palestine Dragons turned in their best round of golf this season, defeating Franklin Central 168-178 on Tuesday.

Quinn Dobbins shot a team-best 40. Blake Barnette fired a 42, and Lucas Swanson and Elijah Domogala each carded 43s.

Tennis

Marauders stay perfect

The Mt. Vernon girls tennis team ramped up its season record to 5-0 after sweeping host Rushville on Tuesday night.

The Marauders won 5-0 behind nearly flawless tennis.

At No. 2 doubles Sophie Williams and Maeve McCafferty led the way with a 6-0, 6-0 win. At No. 2 singles, Olivia Spicer won 6-0, 6-0. Alaina Nelson kept the streak going at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

Kaleigh Helm won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Emily Annakin and Maeve Laughlin completed the sweep at No. 1 doubles with a 6-0, 6-1 win.

Dragons defeat Tigers

The New Palestine Dragons prevailed against the Fishers Tigers 3-2 at home on Tuesday.

New Palestine swept their singles matches to win.

Amelia Fleetwood’s composure and strong forehands helped her secure a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles. Lexi Miller was equally as efficient at No. 2 singles as she won 6-1, 6-2. Ivey Simmons sealed the team victory at No. 3 singles 6-1, 6-2.

The Dragons are now 4-2 on the season and travel to Yorktown today before the Hancock County Tournament on Friday at Mt. Vernon.