Jordan Pierson had two hits, including the game-winning RBI, and Eastern Hancock beat Knightstown 3-2 Friday in a softball rivalry showdown.
“Tonight was a very hard fought game,” EH coach Sue Anderson said. “Knightstown came out and played us very tough the whole game. They deserve a lot of credit for tonight. We really struggled offensively but we’re able to scrap together enough runs to get it done.”
Darby Shaw made her first appearance of the season on the mound after missing the start of the year with a concussion. The sophomore allowed only three hits in seven innings.
Eastern Hancock trailed 2-0 entering the top of the fifth inning, then scored three runs. Savannah Patterson also had an RBI single for the Royals, and Patterson, Kaysi Gilbert and Skyler Overleese scored. EH was limited to four hits; Peyton West had its other base knock.
“We did a great job of focusing at certain times and really made some big outs at crucial times,” Anderson said. “Darby Shaw was impressive in her return to the mound. Any time you have the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the seventh ahead by one and win, you know you are strong pitching and defensively.
“Overall, I’m proud of our girls and we will continue to get better everyday.”
Hamilton Southeastern 7, Mt. Vernon 3
The Class 4A No. 5 Royals handled the Marauders in Fortville. Mt. Vernon won the JV game, however, 4-3.
Track and field
NP splits with Rushville
Paced by Annabelle Dockins’ four event wins, the New Palestine girls track team downed Rushville 83-45 Thursday on Senior Night.
Dockins won the long jump, the 300 hurdles, and was a part of the victorious 400 and 1,600 relays.
Other winners were Kylie Zehner (100), Courtney Smith (100, 400), Sarah Schwartz (800, 1,600), Rachel Wineman (high jump), Erin Trimpe (pole vault) and Joelle Mawhorr (200).
Dockins, Zehner, Gabbi Pierson and Kyle Dhonau made up the 400 relay, while Dockins, Zehner, Smith and Kylee Keller comprised the 1,600 relay.
On the boys side, the Dragons fell 83-49. Josh McKean headlined the NP winners, breaking his own school shot put record with a toss of 51 feet, 8.5 inches. The previous mark was 50-8.
Chase Tuggle (400), Riley Wilson (800), Chris Poturalski (200), Nick Buckhorn (discus) and the 3,200 relay of Tuggle, Wilson, Sam Voelz and Eagleson also triumphed.
“It was Senior Night and our seniors competed fantastically,” NP coach Daniel Weimer said. “Josh told his mom that he was going to break his record tonight. When I looked over and saw Mrs. McKean smiling, I knew he had accomplished what he said he was going to do. What a great thing to accomplish on Senior Night.”
Royals sweep Triton Central
The Eastern Hancock boys downed Triton Central 81-42 Thursday.
Jacob Mueller was a double individual winner for the Royals, claiming the 1,600 and 3,200.
Other individual winners for EH were Cole Cochard (110 hurdles), Devyn Brinson (300 hurdles), Clayton Brumfield (800), Derrik Noel and Justin-Cool Luke (high jump) and Reece Burkhart (discus).
The 3,200 relay of Brumfield, Matt Thompson, Parker West and Mueller, and the 400 relay of Austin Smith, Noel, Sam Carlton and Isaiah McCormick also won.
On the girls side, Eastern Hancock won 74-48.
Individual EH winners were Hope Spaulding in the 100 and 300 hurdles; Ryley Burkhart in the discus; Kaycee Ruble (shot put), Kiersten Schrope in the 400; and Shelby Mourey in the high jump.
The Royals also swept the relays, winning the 3,200 (Karlee Gray, Emiley Carlton, Cassey Hancock, Cara Johnson), 400 (Mourey, Maddie Lee, Gray, Alex Quillin) and 1,600 (Lee, Hancock, Spaulding, Schrope).
Greenfield-Central third at Decatur
The G-C boys finished third at the Decatur Central Invite on Friday with 106 points. Brownsburg (169) and Franklin (124) topped the field. Host DC (75) and Greensburg (13) were fourth and fifth. G-C girls results were not immediately available.
Austin Felts scored a win for the Cougars in the 300 hurdles (41.46) and took second in the 110 hurdles. Zach Bishop was second in the 3200 (10:17.21) and Zach Phillips was runner-up in the discus (139-9) and third in the shot put (45-11). Other third-place G-C finishers included Josh Woodrad (110 hurdles), Austyn Tift (100), Patrick Holly (pole vault) and the 3200 relay of Bishop, Jason LaFord, Eric Kelly and Scott Prewitt.
New Palestine 188, Knightstown 210
Led by Matt Kreutzer’s medalist-winning 44, the Dragons overcame tough win conditions and got the victory Thursday.
Aric Kotarski shot 47, Grayden Martin 48 and Brady Elliott 49 to round out the NP scoring.
“We played at Royal Highlands which is a challenging course in some windy conditions. We struggled with greens, the numerous trees and lost balls,” NP coach Gregg Greene said. “Sometimes you just get the win and go home which was what we did. Matt is playing very well in this young season and was our only golfer to avoid the ‘other’ category on our stat sheet.”
New Castle 149, Eastern Hancock 181
Caleb Wallen (38) and Cole Allen (40) paced the Royals.
Richmond 5, Eastern Hancock 0
Thursday, the Royals were blanked by Richmond. EH hosted Triton Central Friday. Results were not immediately available.
Franklin Central 3, New Palestine 2
The Dragons swept the doubles, with Kara Miller/Kylar Litteral winning at No. 1, and Alana Henry/Lauren Hardebeck winning at No. 2, both in straight sets.
The match came down to No. 1 singles, where Nicole Beaty wasn’t 100 percent, but battled despite eventually falling 7-6(5), 6-4.
“Kind of a measuring stick,” NP coach Chris Hardin said. “Our singles need a little bit of work. Doubles played well. We’ll move on from there. We’ve got another measuring stick (today) with the Mt. Vernon tournament.”