Daily Reporter staff reports
The Mt. Vernon baseball team regrouped and rediscovered its offense Tuesday night to defeat Shenandoah 3-2 on the road.
The Marauders were coming off a disappointing four-hit doubleheader loss against Hoosier Heritage Conference rival Pendleton Heights on Monday but showed no effects the next day.
Mt. Vernon’s lineup produced nine hits, including a home run by Braydon Augustinovicz, to improve to 5-11 on the year.
The Marauders led 2-1 after the first inning and tacked on another run in the second to keep the host Raiders at bay.
Cooper Williams and Thomas Obergfell combined to three-hit the Raiders. Williams earned the win with five strikeouts and no earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched. Obergfell struck out four with three hits surrendered in 3.1 innings.
Dino Tharp set the tone at the plate, hitting 3-for-4. Augustinovicz went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Obergfell was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Mitch McCarthy was 1-for-3 with a double and Zach Roach was 2-for-3. Cole Cain was 1-for-4.
The Marauders host HHC foe New Castle on Friday in a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Royals win big
The Eastern Hancock Royals’ offense erupted for 18 hits as they defeated Randolph Southern 20-0 in five innings Tuesday.
The Royals scored four runs in the bottom of the first and 12 in the second to cruise to their 10th win in 17 games.
Ten Royals recorded at least one hit and nine drove in one runner or more during the onslaught.
Devin Denny was 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs. A.J. Muegge went 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Addison True was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and Levi Majority was 1-for-2 with three RBIs.
Payton Wilkinson was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Easton Fields was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Denny finished with a home run, while Joey Starrett, Clayton White, Muegge, True and Majority each had doubles.
Starrett, Fields and Andrew Knoblock combined for the two-hitter, striking out eight batters through five innings.
Dragons conquer Spartans
The New Palestine girls tennis team showcased their depth Tuesday, deploying their junior varsity players to defeat Southwestern (Shelbyville) 3-2.
Megan Long won at No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0. Clara Fleetwood prevailed at No. 2 singles 7-5, 6-3. Caylie Almond was steady at No. 3 singles, winning 6-2, 6-1.
The Dragons are now 8-3 on the season and play Morristown today.
Cougars fall to Golden Bears
The Greenfield-Central Cougars pushed Shelbyville all the way to the end, but couldn’t secure the final point on Tuesday.
In need of a third-set win at No. 2 doubles, the Cougars came up short, losing to their Hoosier Heritage Conference foes 3-2.
Greenfield-Central’s two points came from Lindsey McCord at No. 1 singles, who won 6-0, 6-1. Avery Spencer battled back after splitting the first two sets at No. 2 singles to win the third 6-2.
The Cougars are 2-5 this season and 1-3 in the HHC.
Dragons roll past Cathedral
The top-ranked Class 3A New Palestine Dragons blasted three home runs to defeat Cathedral 10-2 on Tuesday.
Emily O’Connor crushed a three-run home run to give the Dragons a 5-1 lead in the third inning. Ashley Prange and Michaela Jones also homered. Prange’s home run was her 12th of the year. O’Connor now has eight longballs this season.
O’Connor finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs, increasing her season total to 30. Prange went 4-for-5. Jones was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Mary Crumlin went 2-for-4 with a double, and Emma Tucher was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Abby Davis was 2-for-5 with three runs. Elisha Barker had a hit and an RBI.
Barker pitched four scoreless innings to record the win. Mackenzie Jones allowed four hits and one earned run in three innings of relief.
The Dragons are now 16-2 on the season and played at Pendleton Heights on Wednesday.
Marauders fall to Golden Bears
The Mt. Vernon Marauders lost to Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Shelbyville 6-0 on Tuesday.
The Golden Bears were scoreless through two innings before going up 3-0 in the bottom of the third.
Mt. Vernon had three hits against Shelbyville ace Hannah File, who struck out two and walked one. Marauders’ Kaitlyn Nugent had three strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched.
Cassidy Parker, Makenzie Gee and Syndee Perry each finished with singles for the Marauders. Mt. Vernon is now 4-9 on the season and 0-5 in the HHC.