Sports Roundup – April 21

Eastern Hancock’s track and field teams won a three-way meet on Wednesday at South Decatur.

The boys won with 79 points ahead of South Decatur with 54 points and North Decatur with 23. Final scores for the girls were not available.

First place finishers for the Royal were Reece Burkhart in the shot put (47’0”) and discus (135’7”), Devyn Brinson in the 100-meter dash (11.42), Skyler Schrope in the 800- (2:12) and 1600-meter run (4:54) and Will Huffman in the 3,200-meter run (11:21).

Eastern Hancock also won all three relay events.

The Royals compete again at the Guerin Catholic Invitational on Saturday.

Greenfield-Central finishes in sixth

Greenfield-Central’s girls’ track and field team finished sixth overall on Wednesday at the Noblesville Invitational against “high caliber” competition, according to head coach Scott Burton.

Homestead won the meet, which featured nine teams, with 130 points. The Cougars finished with 57. Boys scores were not available.

For Greenfield-Central, Jenny Flora turned in a personal best throw of 119 feet in discus, which was nine feet longer than her previous personal record.

Other personal or season bests times, according to Burton, were Riley Sexton, Kenzie Polster, Crystal Peterson, Olivia Fortner, Darian Gossett, Lindsey Pope and Jenna Young.

Mt. Vernon places seventh

Mt. Vernon’s girls’ track and field team finished in seventh at the Noblesville Invitational Wednesday. The Marauders scored 37 points while setting 21 personal- or season-best times. Boys scores were not available.

Alexa Christenson and Riley Chambers led Mt. Vernon with fourth-place finishes. Chambers threw 106 feet in the discus, which was a personal best, while Christenson ran a personal best in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 27.37. Chambers was seventh in the shot put with a toss of 32 feet, 11.75 inches, while Christenson was fifth in the 400-meter dash in 1:12.25.

Alexis Franklin was also fifth in the 100-meter dash in a career-best time of 13.15. Kiara Gibson was seventh in 13.22.

Softball

Eastern Hancock handles Daleville

Eastern Hancock’s softball team topped Daleville 10-0 on Wednesday in five innings, improving to 8-2 this season.

The Class 2A No. 7 Royals finished with 13 hits and eight RBIs as a team. Brooke Walden led the attack with four hits and four RBIs, while Peyton West, Micah Black, Kaysi Gilbert and Paige Wickard all finished with two hits apiece.

Walden also had a home run and a double as the team finished with just one strikeout and no fielding errors.

Elise Bittinger earned the win on the mound and struck out three of the 16 batters she faced.

State-ranked Eastern Hancock travels to New Palestine today for a county game against the Class 3A No. 1 Dragons.

New Palestine edged by Zionsville

New Palestine’s softball team rallied from a five-run deficit but fell 9-7 to Zionsville on Wednesday.

The top-ranked Dragons trailed 5-0 after three innings and 6-1 after four but used a four-run fifth and two more runs in the sixth to make the game close.

Emily O’Connor led the team with a 2-for-5 effort at the plate to go with five RBIs. She doubled and hit a home run. Ashley Prange was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two doubles, while Michaela Jones was 3-for-4 with a double. Abby Davis and Tatum Biddle each had a hit and scored twice. Elisha Barker had a hit and an RBI.

Class 3A No. 1 New Palestine (8-2) is back in action today at home against 2A No. 7 Eastern Hancock.

Tennis

Mt. Vernon falls to Delta

Mt. Vernon, ranked No. 27, dropped a Hoosier Heritage Conference match to No. 17 Delta on Wednesday, 4-1.

The No. 2 doubles team of Sophie Williams and Maeve McCafferty won 6-2, 6-1 to secure the only point for the Marauders.

At No. 1 singles, Alaina Nelson was down 2-5 in the first set but fought back to be up 6-5. She eventually lost 6-7 (4) in the first set. She lost the second set 0-6.

At No. 2 singles, Olivia Spicer lost 1-6, 1-6, while No. 3 singles Kaleigh Helm lost 2-6, 1-6. The No. 1 doubles team of Maeve Laughlin and Emily Annakin lost 1-6, 1-5 (injury).