Dragons win big, advance to title game

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New Palestine head coach Ed Marcum speaks to his team after their win over Center Grove. Wednesday, April 26, 2023. (Tom Russo | Daily Reporter)

Staff report

New Palestine’s softball team got a combined five-inning no-hitter from three pitchers and knocked across 20 runs in a 20-0 victory over Muncie Central in a semifinal game of the Class 4A Sectional 9 tournament at New Palestine High School Wednesday.

Sadey Hughbanks, Kenna Tweedy and Cailyn Hurst combined for the no-hitter.

The Dragons scored eight times in the first inning, added six more in the second and finished with two in the third and four in the fourth.

Sydney Hughbanks led the New Palestine offense with six RBIs.

New Palestine (22-4) will play Pendleton Heights (22-5-1) in today’s 6 p.m. championship game at NPHS. The Arabians advanced with a 12-1 win over Anderson.

Girls tennis

Dragons doubles team wins

In a individual doubles sectional match at Fishers High School, the New Palestine No. 1 doubles team of Bethany Blachly and Jo Harvey defeated Greenfield-Central’s No. 1 squad of Emma Berty and Jaclyn Layton, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Both teams had advanced to the individual doubles tournament by winning matches in the team sectional last week at Mt. Vernon.

The New Palestine pair were scheduled to play the No. 1 team from Noblesville on Wednesday.

Marauders eliminated

The 30th-ranked Mt. Vernon girls tennis team had its season come to an end Tuesday with a 5-0 loss to No. 4 Fishers, last year’s state runner-up, at Fishers High School.

Baseball

Royals lose to Jets

Eastern Hancock’s baseball team dropped a 12-1 decision to Hauser Tuesday in the final regular season game of the year.

Chase Stewart had two of the three Eastern Hancock hits. Hayden Rouse scored the lone Royal run.

Eastern Hancock takes on Hagerstown (21-7) 5 p.m. Friday at Northeastern in 2A Sectional 41.

Boys golf

Dragons lose close one

New Palestine’s boys golf team lost 171-173 to Greenwood Tuesday.

Joey McPike led the Dragons with a nine-hole round of 39.