Eastern Hancock falls in season opener
Eastern Hancock fought back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the top of the sixth, only to give up a run in the bottom of the inning and fall to Indianapolis Lutheran 3-2.
Leading the Royals in the season opener were Easton Fields with two hits and Andrew Knoblock with both the teams’ RBIs.
Knoblock started the game on the mound as well, throwing four innings and striking out seven, allowing four hits and walking one.
Marauders offense vital in victory
Mt. Vernon’s offense paved the way Wednesday against Connersville, as the team racked up 19 hits in a 17-8 win on the road.
Sydnee Perry was 4 for 5 for the Marauders, with a home run, a double and two RBIs. Kaitlyn Nugent also had four hits, and Haley Kissee was 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a home run.
Cougars complete big comeback
After trailing 9-1 in the fifth inning, Greenfield-Central’s offense exploded for 12 runs in the bottom of the fifth and beat Westfield 13-9.
Kensie Bradley was 5 for 5 with two runs scored.
Madge Weidner and Caroline Gibson hit their first career homers for the Cougars, while Sam Kihega added her second of the season.
Lexi Rankin came on in relief and earned the win for the Cougars.
Eastern Hancock rolls to 19-run win
Eastern Hancock wasted on time against Blue River Valley on Wednesday, scoring nine first-inning runs en route to a 21-2 victory.
Eleven hitters accounted for the Royals 15 hits. Bree Ashby was 2 for 3 with five RBIs to lead the way for the Eastern Hancock offense. Rachel Jessup, Bailey Stephens and Madelyn White also had two hits.
Freshman Maddie Turner pitched all five innings for the Royals, allowing three hits and striking out 13.
Dragons have another power surge
For the second time in as many games, the New Palestine softball team had a power surge Wednesday in an 11-5 victory against Franklin Central.
The Dragons hit four homers — three in a six-run third inning — and seven extra-base hits.
Emily O’Connor got the Dragons started with a two-run blast in the third inning. Michaela Jones and Tatum Biddle followed with homers to give New Palestine a 6-0 lead. Jaylin Calvert followed with a homer. Ten different Dragons had hits in the game.
Mackenzie Jones pitched 5⅓ innings to nail down the win. She allowed two earned runs and six hits. Bullock pitched the final 1⅔ innings, scattering five hits and one earned run, striking out one.
Royals lose to New Castle
For the second time this week, Eastern Hancock lost by a 4-1 final score, this time against New Castle on Wednesday.
The Royals picked up their win at No. 1 singles. Eastern Hancock is now 0-2 on the season.
Cougars fall to Fishers
Greenfield-Centrals’ golfers took on Fishers on Wednesday, losing by a score of 150-190.
The top scorer for the Cougars was Noah Mohler, who shot a 44.
Marauders girls fall to Lawrence Central
Mt. Vernon opened their outdoor frack and field season Wednesday against some stiff competition in Lawrence Central, who is currently ranked No. 9 in the state.
In the end, the depth and experience of the Bears proved too much for the Mt. Vernon squad, with the Marauders falling 89-52.
The 4×800 team of Hannah Watson, Rylie Pearson, Kamryn Eason and Taylor Bostic got the mid-distance team rolling early with a dominant victory in the 4×800 and then followed it up with a clean sweep in the 800 (Pearson 1st, Watson 2nd, Bostic 3rd).
Also winning their respective events for the Marauders were Kassy Ramirez in the 1,600, Rilee Hartman in the 3,200 and Arianna Mack in the 400.
Mt. Vernon boys finish third
Mt. Vernon’s boys team competed against Marion and Lawrence North on Wednesday, finishing third with 39 points. Marion was second with 44, and Lawrence North finished with 84.
Winning for the Marauders were Damari Gatewood in the long jump, Drew Bluethmann in the 3,200 and the 4×800 relay team of Alex Carver, Jacob Benz, Michael Damer and Marco Ramirez.