Prep Roundup: Marauders stay hot, win second straight

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FORTVILLE — The Mt. Vernon softball team won its second straight Wednesday night while maneuvering through a busy four-game week.

After dropping a Hoosier Heritage Conference game at Pendleton Heights, 14-1, on Monday, the Marauders defeated host Shenandoah 4-3 on Tuesday before toppling visiting Delta, 5-1, the next day.

Mt. Vernon (8-7, 3-3 HHC) hosted HHC foe Yorktown on Thursday to cap the week.

Against Delta, the Marauders rallied back from a short-lived 1-0 deficit to pull ahead 3-1 after two frames and 5-1 through five innings.

The Marauders used five hits and a home run from Easton Wampler to win.

Wampler finished 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Shelby Rakosky went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run.

Victoria Jenson collected the win, pitching four frames with six hits allowed and four strikeouts.

Graci Hines entered in relief and pitched 3.0 innings with two hits surrendered and four strikeouts.

Royals win eighth straight

The Eastern Hancock softball team won by run-rule over Mid-Eastern Conference foe Cowan, 12-2, on Wednesday.

The victory improved the Royals’ season record to 13-2-1 and 6-0 in the MEC.

Sammie Bolding led the Royals’ 11-hit attack with a double, a stolen base and two home runs to finish a perfect 4-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored.

Emma Bolding went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two doubles.

Kaylee Stewart (2-for-4), Kaylee Kline, Taylor Koch and Sydni Bednarski each drove in a run apiece.

Caroline Stapleton went 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs while adding a pair of stolen bases.

Madison Stephens picked up the win, pitching five frames with three hits allowed, a walk and four strikeouts.

Dragons tame Tigers

The New Palestine softball team scored five runs in each the fourth and fifth innings to down Fishers, 12-2, in five innings Wednesday.

The Dragons won their second straight contest to improve to 15-3-1 on the season.

Aglaia Rudd hit a two-run homer to get the Dragons going in the first, but the Dragons broke the game open in the fourth.

Alaina Miller hit a two-run, bases-loaded single to double the lead to 4-0. Rudd then hit a two-run single to third and Paige Ernstes followed with a run-scoring single to push the lead to 7-0.

After Fishers scored two runs in the fifth, the Dragons put together another five-run inning to invoke the mercy rule.

With the bases loaded and none out, Miller hit a sacrifice fly. A base hit by Allie Blum loaded the bases again. Katie Hirschy hit a bases-clearing triple and Alyssa Mumaw a run-scoring double to end the game.

Ernstes was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Rudd was 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and four RBI. Miller was 1-for-3 with two runs and three RBI.

Hirschy was 1-for-1 with a triple, a run and three RBI. Blum was 1-for-3 with two runs. Mumaw was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Maddie Engle was 1-for-2 with a run. Grace Smith and Sydney Oliver were each 1-for-2 with two runs.

Alexa Holman got the win, pitching three scoreless, hitless innings with one strikeout. Katie Kottlowski followed, allowing no earned runs and three hits in two innings.

Tennis

Royals win finale

The Eastern Hancock girls tennis team finished its regular season with a 4-1 win over Shenandoah on Wednesday.

The Royals ended the regular season with a dual record of 10-1.

Winners for the Royals during the finale included: Bianca Di Vittorio, Violette Sagalowicz, Savanah Hardin, Lexi Swauger and Tori Parker.

The Royals face tournament action on Saturday as they travel to Blue River Valley to contend for the MEC conference.

Golf

Cougars take second

The Greenfield-Central boys golf team finished second in a tri-meet with New Castle and Shelbyville on Tuesday.

The Cougars carded a 176 behind New Castle with 153 and ahead of Shelbyville at 182.

Tyler Young led G-C with a 40. Josh Alley shot a 41. Avery Young turned in a 47, and Bryce Hasty fired a 48.

The Cougars head to the HHC tournament on Saturday.

Dragons finish second

The New Palestine golf team split a three-way match Wednesday at Blue River GC in Shelbyville.

The Dragons shot 185, finishing second to Columbus North (149). Shelbyville shot 186. The Dragons’ “white” team finished fourth with 201.

Leaders for the Dragons were Evan Griffith with a 44, Landon Beaty (45), Gus Walling (46) and Joey McPike (46).

Baseball

Dragons sweep rival Arabians

The New Palestine baseball team completed a two-game sweep of Pendleton Heights Thursday, blanking the host Arabians 7-0.

The victory came on the heels of a 6-0 triumph over the Arabians the day before, giving the Dragons back-to-back shutouts in the sweep. It extended the Dragons’ winning streak to eight games and improved the team’s record to 14-5.

The Dragons are 9-3 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play.

Maddox Manes pitched the shutout, allowing four hits and striking out six over seven innings.

The Dragons pounced early, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs on five hits in the first inning.

The Dragons added a run in the third when they loaded the bases on three walks.

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