Daily Reporter staff reports
The Yorktown Tigers tried their best to end the streak Wednesday night, but the Greenfield-Central Cougars weren’t having any of it.
Rallying from an 8-3 deficit, the Class 4A No. 11 Cougars scored 10 unanswered runs to win their 13th straight game in a 13-8 victory at home.
The 10th-ranked 3A Tigers led 5-3 after the second inning and scored three runs in the top of the fourth to increase their margin to five.
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From there, the Cougars’ bats awoke with five runs in the bottom of the fourth, another in the fifth and four more in the sixth to run-rule their Hoosier Heritage Conference foes.
The Cougars are 14-1 on the season and 4-0 in the HHC standings, taking a one-game lead over 3A No. 1 New Palestine (3-0 HHC).
Morganne Denny powered the Cougars’ comeback, finishing 3-for-4 with four runs scored and four RBIs. She blasted a pair of home runs, upping her season total to seven.
Sam Kihega had a double, three RBIs and was 3-for-5 at the plate. The Cougars posted 15 hits, including a double by Sydney Williams and a home run from Sara Morris.
Emily Francis went 2-for-4, Williams was 2-for-5, Morris finished 2-for-2, and Makayla Durick was 1-for-1. Michaela Ballman scored three runs.
The Cougars travel to Mt. Vernon (4-7, 0-4) today for an HHC game.
Royals win big
The 13th-ranked Class 2A Eastern Hancock Royals trailed for one inning, and then they turned it on against host Wes-Del on Wednesday night.
The Royals turned a 2-0 deficit into a 9-2 lead through four innings before eventually winning 15-4. Eastern Hancock capped its rally with a five-run top of the seventh.
The Royals are now 13-3 and have won five straight games.
Brooke Walden and Kaysi Gilbert both drove in three runs, while Eriel Truitt, Paige Wickard and Micah Black each had two RBIs.
Walden was 2-for-3 along with Megan Beaver, who scored two runs.
The Royals had 13 hits, including home runs from Wickard and Walden. Gilbert and Madison Clutinger both had doubles.
Jessi Potts picked up the win, throwing seven innings with seven strikeouts.
Cougars snap losing streak
The Greenfield-Central Cougars put together one of their best matches of the season, defeating Knightstown 4-1 on the road to win their first dual.
The win improves their season record to 1-4.
Greenfield-Central’s first point of the night came from Haidyn Goodwin at No. 3 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Avery Spencer followed up with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles.
Lindsey McCord sealed the team’s win with a 6-2, 7-6 score at No. 1 singles, finishing out the match with a second-set tiebreaker.
Kaleigh Stephenson and Grace Hall gritted out the team’s fourth point with a 7-5, 7-5 win at No. 2 doubles.
Royals fall to Arabians
The Eastern Hancock girls tennis team lost to Pendleton Heights 5-0 on Wednesday.
Madison Hagan and Valentina Brooks had the closest match, falling 3-6, 2-6 to Claire Goodwin and Lauren Marsh at No. 2 doubles.
Dragons sting Hornets
The New Palestine Dragons swept Beech Grove 5-0 on Wednesday night to improve to 7-2 on the season.
Amelia Fleetwood was named the Dragons Player of the Match for her 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles.
Lexi Miller won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. Megan Long won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles in only her third varsity singles match.
Claire Cherry and Josee King teamed to win 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles. At No. 2 doubles, Cassie Willhelm and Lauren Didelot were victorious 6-1, 6-2.
Cougars beat Panthers
The Greenfield-Central Cougars upended the Class 2A No. 10 Knightstown Panthers on the road Wednesday night.
The Cougars beat the Panthers 5-2, with the go-ahead RBI by Lucas Gibson in the sixth inning.
Josh Mundell picked up the win, throwing four frames in relief. Bradley McDowell earned the save.
The Cougars host Class 3A No. 4 New Palestine today for a Hoosier Heritage Conference doubleheader.
Dragons win 12th game
The fourth-ranked New Palestine Dragons defeated Connersville 8-1 on Wednesday night to improve to 12-2 on the year.
The Class 3A Dragons grabbed a quick 3-0 lead after two innings and scored four in the fourth to take a 7-1 advantage.
Nick Rusche led the Dragons’ eight-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs and four RBIs. Jarret Jaques had two hits and a run.
Colby Jenkins drove in a pair of runs, and Jacob Hickman had two hits and two runs scored. Cameron Pitzer had an RBI.
Jacob Smith got the win, allowing one earned run and three hits over four innings.
The Dragons travel to HHC rival Greenfield-Central tonight for a doubleheader.