Tom Barton allowed one hit and struck out 14 as the Eastern Hancock baseball team run-ruled Mid-Hoosier Conference foe Southwestern 10-0 in its season-opener Wednesday.
Brandon Reid notched three hits for the Royals, who scored five runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth to end the game after six frames.
David Johnson added two hits and two runs scored for EH. Austin Clutinger had a home run, two RBI and scored twice. Cole Fout had three walks and a run scored.
Eastern Hancock 7, Randoph Southern 4
The Royals scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to win their season-opener on the road.
Brooke Walden went 3-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases and five RBI for Eastern Hancock, while Peyton West and Emily Reger each registered a double and an RBI. Allison Turner added two hits for the Royals.
EH collected 11 hits and made two errors.
On the mound, Caitlin Richmond pitched a complete game for EH, allowing two earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
Randolph Southern made one error.
Track and Field
Coleman paces Mt. Vernon
On the strength of Olivia Coleman’s three individual triumphs, the Mt. Vernon girls track and field team edged host Yorktown 63-59 Tuesday evening.
Coleman won the long jump, 200 and 400.
Other MV winners were Clara Nielsen (discus), Zoe Harves (high jump), Phylisia Donaldson (100 hurdles), Aubri Benbow (300 hurdles), Sam Sanders (800) and the 400 relay of Meg Schleter, Donaldson, Benbow and Taylor Riggs.
“For some reason our weakness was our strength against Yorktown tonight, especially in the throws, and that is a tribute to (MV boys) coach (Bruce) Kendall and (throws) coach (Doug) Armstrong,” Mt. Vernon girls coach Tim Leonard said.
“We nickeled and dimed Yorktown for this victory. Everyone mattered in this win and they are all important to this team.”
The Marauder boys lost 72-51. Winners were Wyatt Gutierrez in the shot put and discus, Aaron Rush in the 1,600, Jordan House in the 400, and Andrew Payne in the 110 and 300 hurdles.
“Meet was not as close the score indicated. Got beat in every (event) there wasn’t rails and metal,” Kendall said. “Definitely out-coached. Like the Greenfield-Central meet, we never felt like we were in control and were digging ourselves out of a hole after four events. We took the lead midway then fell apart at the end.”
Greenwood sweeps New Palestine
In the opening outdoor meet for the New Palestine track team Tuesday against visiting Greenwood, the NP boys fell 66-62.
The Dragons picked up two relay wins: the 3,200 relay of Chase Tuggle, Seth Eagleson, Riley Wilson and Samuel Voelz, and the 1,600 relay of Chris Poturalski, Tuggle, Andriy Vlashyn and Kyle Zehner.
Individual event winners were Poturalski (400), Zach Chester (long jump), Josh McKean (shot put) and Coltin Espich (high jump).
The Dragon girls team lost 84-46. Individual winners were Annabelle Dockins in the long jump, Rachel Wineman in the high jump, Lillie Cain in the shot put and Mattie Waggoner in the 800.
Greenfield-Central 168, Eastern Hancock 200
In the season-opener for both squads Wednesday, Adam Casto’s 37 was good enough for medalist honors.
At Hawk’s Tail, the G-C senior was joined in team victory by Clayton Long (40), Jake Kauth (45) and Connor Pence (46).
Nelson Dublin (47) and Caleb Wallen (48) paced the Royals.
In other games Wednesday, Greenfield-Central softball beat Hauser 10-4 and Mt. Vernon baseball lost to Fishers 6-1. Details were not available Wednesday evening.