Daily Reporter staff report
The Mt. Vernon girls tennis team improved to 10-1 on the season with a decisive 5-0 win against Frankton on Monday afternoon.
The visiting 27th-ranked Marauders made short work of the Eagles, needing only two sets in each match to finish on top.
Alaina Nelson had a clean 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. At No. 2 singles, Olivia Spicer was a perfect 6-0, 6-0.
Kaleigh Helm won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Maeve McCafferty and Sophie Williams were dominant at No. 1 doubles, winning 6-0, 6-0. Emily Annakin and Alexis Lane won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
“The conditions were pretty brutal for May 1, but our girls don’t care, and I won’t let them,” Mt. Vernon head coach Gabe Muterspaugh said. “Granted, I coached from the mini bus and didn’t talk once, but they didn’t need me for anything but driving them over tonight. We won and we move on.”
Royals lose match
The Eastern Hancock Royals narrowly fell to rival Knightstown on the road Monday afternoon.
Corina Jennings was victorious for the Royals at No. 3 singles 6-4, 7-5, and the tandem of Cassandra Hannemann and Madison Hagan won a thriller at No. 2 doubles 6-6 (7-3), 1-6, 7-5.
The host Panthers countered, however, with a three-set win at No. 1 singles and points from No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles.
Royals fall to Bears
The Eastern Hancock Royals fell behind early before eventually losing to Lawrence Central 13-2 in five innings Monday.
The Royals scored both of their runs in the top of the fifth after trailing 13-0. The host Bears opened with a four-run bottom of the first and added six runs in the fourth with three in between.
Eastern Hancock recorded two hits but were charged with four errors. The Bears committed two errors but overcame their miscues with 11 hits.
Patrick Wilkinson and Andrew Knoblock both had a hit apiece for the Royals, who fall to 9-7 on the year.
Marauders defeat rival Dragons
The Mt. Vernon boys golf team battled Monday’s cold, windy and wet conditions to defeat rival New Palestine 153-173.
Oliver Mast earned medalist honors with an even par 35 for the Marauders. Max Heitman shot a solid 39 on Mt. Vernon’s home course at Arrowhead.
Will Dant carded a two-over par 37. Xavier and Elijah Dunham both finished at 42.
Elijah Domogala led the Dragons with a 41. Quinn Dobbins was second-best at 43. Blake Barnett shot a 45, and Matt Kelley came in at 44. Devin Gentry had a 51.