Rivals split baseball doubleheader Friday

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FORTVILLE — In splitting their final conference doubleheader, Mt. Vernon and New Palestine exhibited similar characteristics in their wins: strong pitching and timely hitting.

The Marauders and Dragons wrapped up their Hoosier Heritage Conference schedules Friday in Fortville, with MV taking Game 1, 5-3, and NP recovering to claim the nightcap, 5-2.

Mt. Vernon (11-11, 5-7) finished in a tie for fourth in HHC play with Delta and Yorktown. New Palestine (18-9, 6-6) placed third. Shelbyville (10-2) was the outright winner, followed by Greenfield-Central (7-5). Pendleton Heights (4-8) was last.

In the duel between the longtime Hancock County rivals Friday, MV’s Zach Spears put together a curiously effective start in the opener.

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