Eastern Hancock freshman Darby Shaw no-hit Tri in a five-inning, 12-0 win Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader.
Shaw struck out six and walked two. She was also 1-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored.
Offensively, Jordan Pierson had a big day, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a triple, a home run, four RBI and a stolen base.
Erica Truitt (3-for-3, run, double, RBI, stolen base), Savannah Blevins (2-for-3, 2 RBI), Madison Walton (2-for-3, two runs) and Tori Bednarski (1-for-2, two runs, RBI, walk) also contributed.
In the first game, the Royals prevailed 14-4 in six innings.
Peyton Neisler garnered the win, going the distance and surrendering four earned runs, two walks and striking out eight.
Blevins (4-of-5, four runs, two doubles, RBI, stolen base), Walton (3-of-4, two RBI), Truitt (3-of-3, three runs, three RBI, two stolen bases), Nakayla Shelton (2-of-4, two runs, three RBI, two stolen bases) and Pierson (2-of-5, three runs, RBI, stolen base) paced EH.
Tri fell to 0-3.
The Royals (4-2) are at Morristown (0-2) today.
G-C splits with Beech Grove, falls to Lawrence North
The Cougars won their opener with the Hornets 11-1 in five innings Saturday before falling in the second game, 15-5 in six innings.
In the first game of the double dip, Ashley Whitaker tossed five innings of five-hit, one-run ball, striking out eight and walking two to earn her fourth win. She was also 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI.
Other G-C offensive standouts were Brittany Wasson (2-for-4, run, three RBI), Erika Knapp (2-for-4, double, two RBI), Alyssa Walls (3-for-4, two runs, triple) and Lindsay Hardwick (2-for-3, run, RBI).
In the second game, Miranda Galbreath went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. Whitaker was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Walls had two hits and scored two runs.
Darcie Huber took the loss on the mound.
Recently, the Cougars lost 6-2 to Lawrence North.
Huber pitched four innings and took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned).
Whitaker went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Walls had an RBI.
G-C (6-3) hosts Cambridge City Lincoln (4-2) today.
Mt. Vernon drops three at Franklin Central
The Marauders lost 14-0 to Lake Central, 11-5 to Franklin Central and 6-0 to McCutcheon at the Franklin Central Invitational Saturday.
Against Lake Central, Ambry Turpen started and took the loss, pitching three and a third innings.
Kelsey Anderson, Rachel Houck and Kylie Lyons had hits for MV.
Ellie Balbach started vs. Franklin Central and threw six innings.
Houck (3-for-4, two runs, double), Rachel Davis (2-for-4, two runs, two RBI) and Turpen (2-for-4, run) chipped in offensively versus FC.
In the consolation match opposite McCutcheon, Turpen threw six innings and received the loss.
Mikaela Poe, Emily White, Houck and Turpen recorded hits for the Marauders (4-4).
MV is at Frankton (0-2) today.
New Palestine dropped two games at Perry Meridian, falling 3-1 to Jennings County in the first game and then 7-3 to Whiteland in the consolation matchup.
In the Jennings County game, the Patriots scored twice in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie. Issy Hoyt’s hit drove in Markie Wood in the fourth inning to tie the game, but the Dragons could score no more. Erin Lehman had two hits, Hoyt and Wood had the others for NP. Lizzie Garrison allowed seven hits and three earned runs in the circle.
In the Whiteland game, the Dragons led 2-0 until the Warriors plated seven runs in the sixth. Erin Lehman and Adie Lorsung each drove in runs for NP in the defeat. Lehman also doubled and scored. Hoyt hit two doubles and scored a run. Megan Prosser also doubled and scored for NP. Kaylin McMurray allowed seven hits and four runs and took the decision for NP. Garrison also allowed three hits and three runs in relief.
The Dragons (1-4) are next in action today at home against Yorktown.
Track and field
EH boys win Small School Invite, girls take second
The Royals won the eight-team Small School Invitational Saturday at Randolph Southern with 92 points, outpacing Cambridge City Lincoln (89) and Monroe Central (61.5).
EH winners were Justin Cool-Luke (high jump), Josh Ramage (discus), the 3,200 relay (Cool-Luke, Parker West, Jacob Mueller, Bryce Spegal), the 400 relay (Austin Smith, Derrik Noel, Sam Carlton, Jesse Grass) and the 1,600 relay (Cool-Luke, Mueller, Spegal, Noel).
“It was a total team effort to win the invitational,” EH coach Clayton Shultz said.
As for the girls team, EH took second out of eight schools.
Victors for the Royals were Kiersten Schrope (3,200), the 3,200 relay (Cassie Hancock, Karlee Gray, Emily Schrope, Shelby Wyatt) and 1,600 relay (Wyatt, Hancock, Kiersten Scrhope, Emily Jeffries).
EH coach Jerry Cain said his team was missing a few of its top runners for a variety of reasons.
“We did OK for what we had,” he said.
Both Royal squads host Tri Wednesday.
MV girls third at Hall of Fame Invite
The Mt. Vernon girls track and field team placed third at the Hall of Fame Invitational Saturday at Terre Haute North.
The 1,600 relay team of Aliyah Myers, Aubri Benbow, Sam Sanders and Olivia Coleman took first. This was Coleman’s first athletic event since tearing her ACL in a basketball game in November.
Runner-ups were Myers (200), Coleman (400) and the 3,200 relay team of Coleman, Sanders, Leah Chaves and Kaylee Walkey.
“Our performances were a little off due to the early start and the long bus trip to Terre Haute,” MV coach Tim Leonard said. “We are starting to find out where each girl fits in the puzzle so we are competitive in May for the ‘Triple Crown.’”
MV is at the Noblesville Invitational Wednesday.
Regan Lewis sets new high jump record
Greenfield-Central sophomore Regan Lewis is now the outright holder of the G-C high jump record after a leap of 5-8 at the Joe Schott Twilight Invitational.
Lewis previously co-held the mark of 5-7 with Christine Essington.
The Cougars took fourth in the eight-team competition with 54 points. Ben Davis (125) was first, followed by Avon (124) and Brownsburg (111).
Sammie McCoy (100), and Savannah Girolami (400) had second-place finishes.
Jackie Landuyt and Savannah Hart recently competed at the Warren Central Throwers’ Showcase, with Landuyt taking fifth in the discus with a season-best throw of 117-07. Hart was eighth in the shot put.
The Cougars are at the Noblesville Invitational Wednesday.
G-C boys third at Joe Schott
The Greenfield-Central boys (72 points) placed third at the Joe Schott Twilight Invitational, finishing behind Brownsburg (175) and Roncalli (106.5).
Austin Felts took first in the 110 hurdles for the Cougars.
Brandon Bowmer (400) and Felts (high jump) had second-place finishes.
Tyler Beeson and Logan Addington represented G-C at the Warren Central Throwers’ Showcase.
Beeson was seventh in the shot put (51-6), Addington was ninth (48-11.5).
G-C is at the Pendleton Heights Invitational Thursday.
Dragons compete at Midwest Prep
Several New Palestine athletes competed at the Midwest Prep Invitational at Lawrence Central, featuring elite athletes from Indiana and Illinois.
Rachel Wineman was fourth in the high jump (5-0). Sarah Schwartz was seventh in the 3,200 (11:41).
For the Dragon boys, Chris Poturalski was 18th in the 400 (54.38), and the Dragons’ 3,200 relay was fifth (8:37.24).
MV, NP compete at Center Grove
Mt. Vernon took 11th and New Palestine placed 12th in the 12-team Center Grove Trojan Classic Saturday.
The Marauders recorded a score of 363, while the Dragons shot a 384 in a field that contained three top-20 ranked squads.
No. 10-ranked Evansville Memorial (320), led by medalist Keegan Vea (75), won the event. Plainfield was second (321) and No. 7 Avon (327) was third.
MV was paced by Austin Alexander’s 84.
“Austin played a solid round throughout the day,” MV coach Caleb Zelencik said. “He just couldn’t get the par putts to fall consistently.”
Drew Weir (90), Jacob Ault (92), Chase Wagner (97) and Julian Davidson (107) rounded out the Marauder scoring.
“I’m really pleased how we played Saturday. We shot what I expected for us on that course this early in the season,” Zelencik added. “I truly believe had the weather been a little better, team scores would have been 15-20 shots better across the board.”
As for NP, it was led by Brady Elliott’s 85.
The other Dragons to score were Aric Kotarksi (99), Grayden Martin (99), Jacob Smith (101) and Brody Harter (126).
“We played better and hopefully will continue to improve,” NP coach Gregg Greene said. “Most of the lost strokes were on disaster holes and not consistently playing double bogey. If they can eliminate those, our scores should drop quickly.”
New Palestine is at Hamilton Southeastern Wednesday, while Mt. Vernon travels to Pendleton Heights Friday.
Cougars seventh at Danville
G-C scored a 360 to place seventh in the 18-team field at the Danville Invitational.
Jake Kauth (85), Clayton Long (89) and Connor Pence (91) paced the Cougars.
“We played pretty well considering the conditions, but we’re still a long way from being in the top tier of teams,” G-C coach Russ Wiley said.
Host MV second at invitational
Mt. Vernon registered a runner-up finish at its invitational Saturday. Allie Schafer was the champion at No. 2 singles with a 3-0 effort on the day. Caitlin Laughlin (No. 3 singles) and the No. 2 doubles team of Maddie Walrod and Molly Laughlin were second with 2-1 records.
“Allie played like a beast,” MV coach Gabe Mutperspaugh said. “She can be so good. I think she is starting to get it.
“Plus, I think she hates the frown faces on her season binder.”
Marion won the eight-team event with 40 points, ahead of MV (33), Muncie Central (31), Lebanon (22), New Palestine (20), Richmond (19) and Norwell (12).
New Palestine was fifth, despite competing with a shorthanded lineup due to prom commitments.
With its full varsity lineup, the Dragons were in the lead after the first round. Several JV players then filtered into the lineup after the second rounds.
Triton Central 3, Eastern Hancock 2
The Royals lost a close match at TC. Sara Neff prevailed 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) at No. 3 singles. Hannah Miller and Katie Perkins won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.
EH’s JV team won 5-0.
“All of the girls did a great job. I was really proud of our JV girls,” EH coach Erin Wolski said. “The varsity match was really close. We had three matches that went into tiebreakers for a set. They are continuing to grow and improve as players.”
Panthers sweep Royals
Rival Knightstown swept host Eastern Hancock 8-3 and 13-2.
In the Game 1, 8-3 loss, Austin Clutinger led the Royals (0-5) with a 2-for-4 effort, including a double and two RBI.
Cody Wallace had a double and RBI in the second Royals’ loss of the day.
Tyler Richardson totaled four RBI in the doubleheader for the Panthers (3-1). Richardson, Jordan Jessup and Mike Jones homered for Knightstown in Game 1.
Shelbyville breaks 18-game losing streak to New Palestine
A final note from New Palestine’s doubleheader split with Shelbyville on Friday: The host Golden Bears’ 5-3 win in Game 1 was Shelbyville’s first baseball win over New Palestine since April 18, 2001, according to The Shelbyville News. The Dragons had won 18 straight games over the Golden Bears prior to Friday.