Prep roundup: EH wins big in conference opener


Eastern Hancock evened its overall record to 1-1 and won its first Mid-Eastern Conference softball game with a 22-2 victory at Monroe Central Tuesday.

The Royals had 18 hits, including seven extra-base hits in the win.

Brooklyn Willis had four hits, with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. Lili Ringer had three hits, including a double and triple and had two RBI. Cameron Spegal had two hits and three RBI. Sammie Bolding had two hits with a double and an RBI.

Emily Hodges had a double and two RBI. Addisyn Trackwell had a hit and two RBI. Tatem Adams and Hannah Wittgren each had an RBI.

Wittgren, Alina Alford, Adison Gerde, McKenna Stewart and Emree Truitt also had hits.

Truitt, Willis, Ringer and Sydney Johnson each scored three runs. Trackwell, Spegal, Alford and Bolding all scored twice. Hodges and Gerde also scored.

Stewart was the winning pitcher. She struck out four and did not give up a hit in two innings of work. Adams pitched three innings, struck out five and gave up one earned run.

Eastern Hancock (1-1, 1-0) has a home MEC game scheduled for Thursday against Cowan (0-7, 0-2).

Dragons blank East Central in opener

New Palestine’s softball team played its first game of the season Tuesday, winning 20-0, at home, over East Central.

The Dragons scored all of their runs in two innings. They had nine in the second and 11 in the third.

New Palestine had 15 hits.

Paige Ernstes had a two-hit night with a home run and three RBI. Sydney Oliver was 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Maddie Engle had three hits with a double and three RBI. Kylee Beranek had two hits with a double and RBI.

Nyla Lewis had a double and RBI in her only at-bat.

Allie Blum had a hit, RBI and scored three runs.

Reese Rosenbaum and Saydie Miller each had a hit and RBI. Katie Hirschy and Ella Holman each drove in a run.

Ernstes and Oliver also scored three times each. Beranek, Engle and Holman all had two runs.

Lewis, Hirschy, Miller, Jersi Gross and Payton Dye each scored a run.

Sadey Hughbanks and Cailyn Hurst combined on a two-hitter. Hughbanks was credited with the win. She threw three innings and gave up one hit and struck out one. Hurst gave up one hit in two innings and struck out two.

New Palestine is scheduled to be back in action, at home, Thursday against Hamilton Southeastern.


Royals win at Monroe

Eastern Hancock’s baseball team opened Mid-Eastern Conference play with a 3-1 victory at Monroe Central Tuesday.

The game was called after five innings due to inclement weather.

Eastern Hancock starting pitcher Aidan Morris went four innings to pick up the win. He gave up four hits, struck out four and did not give up an earned run. Caleb Retherford picked up the save.

Freshman Gavin Jenkins had a double and scored a run. Colton Dishman and Chase Stewart each had a hit and a run. Retherford had a hit. Hayden Rouse and Brayden Sullivan each had an RBI.

Eastern Hancock (2-3, 1-0) return to action Thursday with an MEC game, at home, against Cowan (1-4, 0-1) at 5:30 p.m.

Dragons win big at Yorktown

New Palestine improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference with a five-inning 13-0 victory at Yorktown Tuesday.

Michael Thorpe (1-0) threw a complete game shutout, striking out eight, walking none and giving up five hits.

The Dragons scored three in the first inning and seven in the second.

Nic Deering had a home run and two RBI. Jacob Morris had three hits, including a double, and two RBI. Jackson Kamp had two hits, including a double, and two RBI. Rigg Mahurin had two hits and two RBI. Gavin Neal and Ryan Haines each had a hit and two RBI. Thorpe had two hits and an RBI.

The second game of the two-game HHC series, scheduled for Wednesday at New Palestine, was postponed to Friday at 6 p.m.

Boys track and field

Mt. Vernon and LN tie

Mt. Vernon and Lawrence North boys track and field teams competed to a 66-66 tie in a dual meet Tuesday.

The Marauders had a 1-2-3 finish in the 1600-meter run led by Cooper Hunziker (4:31.83) and followed by Xaiden Jenson (4:33.91) and Ahmed Saleh (4:45.86).

Sawyer Ruminer, Wilson Hoeppner and John Duncan finished in the top three scoring spots in the pole vault. Ruminer won by clearing 12-feet, 6-inches. Hoeppner cleared 10-6 and Duncan 8-6.

Austin Baugh won the 3200 (10:05.36).

Mt. Vernon won the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays.

Chris Edmonds, Marcus Mellentine, Zaidyn Ramsey and Sebastian Sprague won the 4oo relay in 42.81 seconds. Nate Hauser, Wil Jones, Caden Cassada and Andres Langston won the 1600 relay in 3:25.93.

Langston won the high jump by clearing 6-feet. Sprague was tops in the long jump at 23-feet, 4-inches.

The Marauders are scheduled to compete in the Marion Relays Saturday.

G-C, EH finish 1-2

Greenfield-Central and Eastern Hancock boys track and field teams finished first and second, respectively, at the four-team meet at New Castle, that included Scecina, Tuesday.

Greenfield-Central finished with 49 points. Eastern Hancock had 30, followed by New Castle with 18 and Scecina with 10.

It was a rain-shortened meet with only eight events completed.

Greenfield-Central winners included, Aaron Lee (100-meter dash, 10.88 seconds), Thomas Ryba (pole vault, 10-feet), Kirk Knecht (long jump, 20-feet) and Reese Hill (discus, 140-feet).

Eastern Hancock winners included, Preston Markley (400-meter run, 4:36), Hayden Jackson (110 hurdles, 15.78 seconds), and the 4×800 relay (9:02.41).

Greenfield-Central is slated to compete at the Bob Potter Field Events Classic at Brownsburg and the Franklin Central Distance Showcase on Friday.

Eastern Hancock is scheduled to compete at Centerville Thursday.

Boys volleyball

Dragons lose 3-1 to Artesians

New Palestine’s boys volleyball had its two-match win streak snapped with a 3-1 loss at Martinsville Tuesday.

New Palestine (4-4) lost by set scores of 25-20, 25-21, 16-25, 25-20.

The Dragons host Franklin Central (9-5) Thursday at 6 p.m.

Girls tennis

G-C blanks Morristown

Greenfield-Central got four of five matches in and won 4-0 at Morristown Tuesday.

The fifth match was still in play when it was called due to lightning.

The Cougars benefited of taking care of business quickly, winning 48 of 52 games of the four completed contests.

Madi Succaw (6-1, 6-1) and Tanessa O’Neal (6-1, 6-0) won in singles. The teams of Hallie Smith/Lauren Haffner (6-0, 6-0) and Kaydence Ham/Anna McQueeney (6-0, 6-1) won in doubles.

At No. 2 singles, Kate Gilkison was winning 6-2, 1-1.

Girls track and field

Cougars win rain-shortened meet

Greenfield-Central’s girls track and field team won a four-team, rain-shortened meet at New Castle Tuesday.

The Cougars were first with 59 points. Eastern Hancock placed third with 22.

New Castle was runner-up with 46 points. Scecina had five.

Only nine events were able to be completed.

Greenfield-Central winners included, Savannah Lake (100-meter dash, 12.03 seconds), Lexie Copeland (1600 run, 5:57.01), and Jalyn Smith, Madison Sonsini, Rachel Baker and Lake (400 relay, 53.47 seconds).

Lake, in the Open 100, set a new school record, besting her old mark of 12.05 seconds.

Eastern Hancock winners included, Bella Sotelo (100 hurdles, 15.16 seconds) and Ellie Meyer (high jump, 4-feet, 10-inches).

Greenfield-Central competes in the Franklin Central Distance Showcase Friday.

Eastern Hancock is scheduled to compete at Centerville Thursday.