Daily Reporter staff reports
With two near wins the past three matches, the Eastern Hancock girls tennis team broke through with a solid effort at home Tuesday against Waldron.
The host Royals won at No. 3 singles and claimed both doubles contests by default to prevail 3-2.
Corina Jennings secured a team point for the Royals with a 6-2, 6-2 showing at No. 3 singles against Demari Kertz.
With two default wins at doubles, Chelsi McMahan battled to add another at No. 1 singles before losing 2-6, 5-7. Taylor Kline challenged in the first set at No. 2 singles before falling 4-6, 0-6.
The win is the team’s second of the year. Their last victory was 5-0 at home against Anderson Prep Academy on April 17.
In recent weeks, the Royals narrowly lost to Knightstown 3-2 on May 1 and 3-2 against Morristown on May 2.
The Royal host their own invitational this Saturday at 9 a.m. and travel to Greenfield-Central on Monday.
Marauders defeat Warren Central
The state-ranked Mt. Vernon Marauders tennis team cruised past Warren Central on the road Tuesday 5-0.
The victory pushes the Marauders season record to 16-1.
Alaina Nelson won a flawless match at No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0. Olivia Spicer followed suit at No. 2 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win. Kaleigh Helm made it a clean sweep at singles with a 6-4, 6-0 win.
The No. 1 doubles tandem of Emily Annakin and Maeve Laughlin secured a team point with a 6-2, 6-3 victory. The No. 2 doubles team wrapped up the shutout with a 6-2, 6-2 score.
“We talked about having a lot of energy tonight,” Mt. Vernon head coach Gabe Muterspaugh said. “We have played a ton of matches and it is showing. We need some good ol’ practice to fine tune. No time for energy vampires. We have two regular-season matches and we need to be our best for next week’s sectional play.”
Mt. Vernon hosts its own sectional next week. The draw is Monday with matches beginning on Wednesday.
Cougars fall to Pendleton Heights
The Greenfield-Central girls tennis team lost 4-1 to Hoosier Heritage Conference rival Pendleton Heights on the road Tuesday.
Avery Spencer played a strong match at No. 2 singles to claim the Cougars only point. Spencer is 7-5 on the season and 4-3 in conference matches.
No. 1 singles player Lindsey McCord also had a solid effort, pushing her match to a third set before dropping to 6-6 on the year. She is 2-5 in HHC play.
The Cougars will play at Blue River Valley on Thursday where they look to build on their 2-8 season record.
Marauders swept by New Castle
The Mt. Vernon baseball team lost a pair to Hoosier Heritage Conference foe New Castle on Monday night.
The Marauders lost the first game 5-2 and the second of the doubleheader 9-1. Mt. Vernon is now 2-8 in the HHC and 5-13 overall.
Matthew Boyle drove in the Marauders lone run in the second game, finishing 1-for-3. The Marauders recorded six hits.
Jared Shelton and Luke Smoot each had an RBI in the doubleheader opener. Smoot, a Franklin College signee, was 2-for-3.
The Marauders had five hits, including a double by Jaden Cappelletti and solo home runs from Shelton and Smoot.
Mt. Vernon travels to Greenfield-Central on Friday for an HHC doubleheader.