Prep Roundup: Royals push win streak to seven

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CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Eastern Hancock softball team extended its winning streak to seven straight with a 10-0 run-rule victory at home against North Decatur on Monday.

The Royals improved to 12-2-1 on the season.

Sammie Bolding and Caroline Stapleton set the pace at the plate for EH, as both finished with two RBI and two runs scored apiece.

Bolding went 2-for-3 with a triple, a stolen base and a home run. Stapleton was 3-for-4 with a stolen base.

Emma Bolding (1-for-3) drove in a run, scored twice, stole a base, recorded a sacrifice and connected for a double. Brooklyn Willis went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases.

Kaylee Stewart (1-for-2) drove in another EH run and scored twice with a walk drawn and two stolen bases. Taylor Koch was 1-for-2 with a run, a sacrifice and a stolen base. Grace Stapleton drove in a run.

The Royals recorded nine hits and drew four walks at the dish.

Madison Stephens earned the pitching win with seven strikeouts, two walks and one hit allowed over five innings. Tatem Adams pitched one frame with a walk, a strikeout and no hits surrendered.

Dragons win at Connersville

The New Palestine softball team drilled eight extra-base hits Tuesday en route to a 12-4 victory at Connersville.

The Dragons blasted 20 hits in the game and had four three-run innings to rally from an early four-run deficit.

Aglaia Rudd and Maddie Engle both homered to lead the Dragons.

After falling behind 4-0 in the second inning, the Dragons staged a two-out rally in the third to climb back within one.

The Dragons took the lead in the fifth, with Alaina Miller and Aglaia Rudd hitting doubles to plate a run. Paige Ernstes followed with a single. Katie Hirschy and Delaney Barton added RBI singles to put the Dragons up 6-4.

In the sixth, Rudd hit a two-out two-run homer to push the lead to 8-4. The Dragons added three more runs in the seventh on a solo homer by Engle, an RBI double by Blum and an error.

The top-five hitters in the Dragons’ order combined for 14 hits. Miller was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs. Blum was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Rudd was 3-for-4 with three runs, a double, a homer and three RBI. Ernstes was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI. Hirschy was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Grace Paquette was 2-for-4 with a double. Sydney Oliver was 2-for-4 with two runs. Barton was 1-for-4 with an RBI and Engle was 1-for-3 with a solo homer.

Alexa Holman picked up the win in relief, allowing two hits in five scoreless innings. She struck out two. The Dragons are now 14-3-1.

Tennis

Cougars sweeps senior night

The Greenfield-Central girls tennis team celebrated senior night with a 5-0 victory over Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Yorktown on Monday.

The team’s nine seniors were honored prior to the home match, including Zoe Starks, Allison Lowe, Braelyn Couch, Abigail Mulligan, Sarah Shininger, Madelyn King, Leah Puckett, Elayna Allender and Solveig Berger.

Starks won at No. 1 singles, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2. Jaclyn Layton won at No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-2. Brianna McConnell swept the singles matches with a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Hallie Smith and Lauren Chastain prevailed at one doubles, 6-2, 7-5. At No. 2 doubles, G-C’s Puckett and Emma Berty won 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

The Cougars improved to 8-4 on the season and 2-2 in the HHC.

Marauders best rival Dragons

The Mt. Vernon girls tennis team swept past HHC rival New Palestine 5-0 on the road Monday night.

At No. 1 singles, MV’s Kylie Brandes defeated Olivia Hasenkamp 6-2, 6-0. Marauders’ Carly Wilkerson beat Mia Knoop 6-0, 6-4 at two singles, and Anna Luker, who moved up to No. 3 singles for New Palestine, lost to MV’s Anna Hawks 7-6(2), 6-2.

The Dragons strongest performance came from the No. 2 doubles team of Lily Haeberle/Bethany Blachly, who dropped a 7-5, 7-6(6) decision to MV’s Shay Shipley and Maddie Swingle. At No. 1 doubles, NP’s Maddy Potter/Jo Harvey played competitive in a 6-3, 6-2 defeat to CeCe Bulmahn and Liv Lugo.

Royals nip Bulldogs

The Eastern Hancock girls tennis team defeated Lapel 4-1 on Monday night.

The Royals collected wins by Bianca Di Vittorio, Violette Sagalowicz, Savanah Hardin, Lexi Swauger and Tori Parker.

The Royals are now 7-1 on the season.

Golf

Dragons win tri-meet

Matthew Barada shot a 3-under par 32 – the season-best score for any New Palestine golfer – leading the Dragons to a team score of 155 and a victory over Eastern Hancock and Shenandoah in a three-way match at Royal Hylands.

EH shot 175 and Shenandoah 201.

Landon Beaty shot 40, Braeden Baker 41 and Alex Cofer 42 for the Dragons. Evan Griffith’s 43 was the fifth score.

Cougars tame Bears

The Greenfield-Central boys golf team bested visiting Lawrence Central, 173-227 on Monday.

Josh Alley led the Cougars with a 39. Tyler and Avery Young both shot 44s, while Jonathan Smith carded a 46.

Baseball

Dragons rally to victory

The New Palestine baseball team won its sixth straight game Monday, rallying from an early six-run deficit to beat Delta 16-10 in a high-scoring contest.

The Dragons’ record improves to 12-5 with the victory. They are 7-3 in HHC play after their second conference sweep.

The Dragons fell behind 7-1 after the host Eagles plated seven runs in the second inning. But they scored runs in each of the next four frames to rally.

The Dragons went up 1-0 in the first when Carter Stogsdill singled and scored on a groundout. Delta responded in the second with seven runs on six hits – including a three-run homer – and two errors, taking a 7-1 lead.

Dragons’ Luke Legault blasted a two-run homer in the third. In the fourth, Caleb Davis’ two-out single was followed by Ben Morwick’s run-scoring double to draw the Dragons within three at 7-4.

The Dragons then put together their own seven-run inning in the fifth to take the lead.

Delta got two runs back in the bottom of the frame, but the Dragons then extended their lead in the sixth with five more runs, putting the Dragons up 16-9.

Delta plated a run in the bottom of the sixth, but Dragons pitcher Henry Thorpe nailed down the seventh to seal the victory.

Eli Bruns picked up the pitching win, allowing three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five. Stogsdill and Thorpe combined to allow one run in relief.

The Dragons’ 16-hit attack was led by Zayden Stiller, who was 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI. Maddox Manes was 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI. Legault was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs. Blaine Nunnally was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBI. Morwick was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBI. Wes Stiller was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Stogsdill was 1-for-3 with three runs. Bruns was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Davis was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

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