NEW PALESTINE — The New Palestine baseball team used a stellar pitching performance from Caleb Davis Tuesday to beat visiting Pendleton Heights, 6-0.
The victory extended the Dragons’ winning streak to seven consecutive games, which includes four Hoosier Heritage Conference games. The Dragons are now 13-5 on the season and 8-3 in HHC play. The two teams concluded their two-game series Wednesday at Pendleton Heights.
Davis threw a two-hit shutout for . He walked one and struck out eight. He faced three batters more than the minimum in the contest. He retired the last 13 batters he faced after escaping a minor jam.
PH put two runners on with two outs in the third on a single and an error, but Davis induced a lineout to center to end the threat and set the Arabians down in order the rest of the game.
The contest was a scoreless pitcher’s duel until the bottom of the fifth. The Dragons’ best early threat came in the second, when they stranded two runners.
In the fifth, the Dragons finally broke through. Charlie Giesler led off with a walk, moved to second on a groundout and to third on Carter Stogsdill’s bunt. Zayden Stiller’s soft liner dropped in for a single to plate Giesler and break the scoreless tie.
The Dragons broke the game open in the sixth. Wes Stiller reached on a dropped third strike. PH was forced to change pitchers. Blaine Nunnally followed with a single and both runners moved into scoring position on an error.
Eli Bruns’ RBI single plated a run to double the lead. Giesler then reached on a fielder’s choice, plating Nunnally. Giesler reached and advanced to second on an error on the play. With two outs, Stogsdill tripled to deep center to plate both Giesler and Bruns and push the lead to 5-0. Zayden Stiller added a line-drive RBI single to center to bring home Stogsdill.
The Dragons had seven hits in the game, with five coming in their final two at-bats. Zayden Stiller was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Stogsdill was 1-for-4 with a triple, a run and two RBI. Nunnally was 2-for-3 with a run. Luke Legault was 1-for-3. Bruns was 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI.
Cougars sweep Arabians
The Greenfield-Central baseball team completed its two-game HHC series sweep of rival Pendleton Heights on Monday.
The game was postponed from last week due to weather conditions.
On Monday, the Cougars used four hits and five drawn walks to build a 4-0 advantage en route to a 5-1 victory.
The win improved G-C’s season record to 8-9 overall and 5-5 in the HHC.
Andrew Zellers went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Joe Roland was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Brodie Mayberry drove in three runs and Jaden McGee went 1-for-2.
Grant Shepherd scored two runs, stole a base and reached base with a pair of walks.
Jaden Markus earned the pitching win, going 5.0 innings with four hits allowed, two walks and 10 strikeouts. Landon Brooks threw two frames of hitless baseball in relief.
Marauders fall to Millers
The Mt. Vernon girls tennis team lost to visiting Noblesville 4-1 on Tuesday night.
The Marauders’ lone win came at No. 1 singles where freshman Kylie Brandes won in dominating fashion, 6-3, 6-0.
Anna Hawks challenged at No. 3 singles, but she lost the battle, 5-7, 6-2 (7-10) in a super tiebreaker.
Maddie Swingle and Shay Shipley lost a tight match at No. 2 doubles, 4-6, 3-6.
“We came out so much better with our intensity, our intestinal fortitude, our grit, our passion, our heart, our footwork, our drive, our core inner desire to win, our ability to dodge cars in the parking lost, our fans to battle through the foot-deep grass, our coach fighting through sprained ankle from holes in the high grass and our ability to have fun despite not having fun losing,” Mt. Vernon head coach Gabe Muterspaugh commented. “If we play with all those attributes, we are a hard team to beat.”
Royals take down Waldron
The Eastern Hancock girls tennis team swept all three singles matches Tuesday to beat Waldron 3-2.
Bianca Di Vittorio, Violette Sagalowicz and Tori Parker each secured team points with straight-set wins for the Royals.
The win pushed Eastern Hancock’s season record to 8-1 overall.