Daily Reporter staff reports
It’s been nearly a month since the Greenfield-Central softball team lost a game, and the Cougars weren’t about to start this past Friday.
The 12th-ranked Class 4A Cougars extended their winning streak to 11 straight at home with a doubleheader shutout against Batesville 13-0, 14-0.
In Game 1, Madge Weidner and Makayla Durick combined to pitch a no-hitter through five innings. Weidner earned the win with two perfect frames and two strikeouts. Durick tossed three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
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The offense was led by Morganne Denny, who blasted two home runs and drove in six runs while going 3-for-4 at the plate. Emily Francis had two RBIs, while Weidner knocked in another run for Greenfield-Central.
Sam Kihega had a triple as the Cougars did their damage with just seven hits to win 13-0.
In Game 2, Lexi Rankin pitched a five-inning three-hitter to shutout Batesville 14-0. Rankin had eight strikeouts and one walk for the win.
The Cougars lineup posted 14 hits, including triples from Sam Kihega and Kinzie Bradley. Kihega finished 2-for-3 with a double.
Denny scored two runs and went 2-for-3. Weidner scored three runs and had an RBI. Bradley was a perfect 2-for-2 with an RBI. Michaela Ballman drove in two runs.
The Cougars are now 12-1 on the season and host Shelbyville today in a Hoosier Heritage Conference matchup at 7:30 p.m.
Dragons sweep pair
The top-ranked Class 3A New Palestine Dragons won a pair at Scecina Memorial on Saturday.The Dragons defeated host Scecina 9-7 in the first game and Floyd Central 7-6 in the second game. New Palestine is now 12-2 on the year and finished 6-1 in a six-day span.
Against Scecina, Emily O’Connor had a double and a home run to lead the Dragons’ 13-hit onslaught. Elisha Barker was 4-for-4 with an RBI. Ashley Prange had four RBIs, finishing 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs.
Abby Davis scored three runs and drove in another. Kaylee Kropp and Michaela Jones both had two hits for the Dragons.
Barker earned the win by allowing one earned run over 61/3 innings with six strikeouts.
In the second game, New Palestine pulled ahead 7-0 though four innings.
Prange had another home run and drove in two runs. She was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs. Davis posted two hits, two runs and an RBI.
Mackenzie Jones and Mary Crumlin each had a hit and an RBI. O’Connor and Michaela Jones both had a pair of RBIs.
Mackenzie Jones pitched 5 2/3 innings with no earned runs for the win. She struck out two before Barker came in for the final 11/3 innings for the save, striking out two.
Cougars split with Tigers
The Greenfield-Central baseball team beat the Yorktown Tigers 4-3 and lost 5-3 to split their Hoosier Heritage Conference doubleheader on Friday night.
In the Cougars’ win, Drey Jameson threw a complete-game and racked up 15 strikeouts.
At the plate, the Ball State recruit had a triple and scored two runs. Tyler Farrell had a double.
The Cougars are now 9-3 on the season and 4-2 in the HHC.
Royals win one vs. Tigers
The Eastern Hancock Royals split their doubleheader with Triton Central on Saturday. The Royals won 11-1 and lost 2-1.
In their victory, the Royals used an 11-hit attack to lead 8-1 through four innings. A two-run sixth inning completed the run-rule.
Clayton White drove in two runs and was 2-for-3 for the Royals. A.J. Muegge was 2-for-4, and Addison True was 3-for-4. Seven Royals hitters drove in at least one run for the team.
White earned the win, pitching six innings while allowing just five hits and one earned run. He struck out seven and walked two.
The Royals are 7-5 on the season.
Track AND Field
Dragons run strong
The New Palestine track teams recorded several victories Friday night during the Franklin Central Lightning Bolt Relays.
Brady Walden won the long jump (19 feet, 8 inches), and he teamed with Gunnar Large to win the long jump relay.
The Dragons 4×800 relay won with a time of 8 minutes, 2.41 seconds. The 4×400 relay won in 3:24.44, and Caleb Eagleson was first in the 1,600-meter run at 4:25.49.
Lillie Cain was first in the shot put for the girls team at 39-2.
Royals do well at invite
The Eastern Hancock track team finished with four top-three placers during the Guerin Catholic Invitational.
Reece Burkhart was second in the shot put with a toss of 45-2.
Devyn Brinson was third in the 100-meter dash at 11.89. Skyler Schrope was third in the 1,600-meter run in 4:50.91.
The 4×100 relay of Blayze Sarber, Jayson Bowers, Chase Settergren and Brinson were third at 46.91.