Softball Roundup: Willis hits six HRs to lead Eastern to tournament victory


Eastern Hancock senior outfielder Brooklyn Willis hit six home runs in three games of the Connersville Spartan Rumble, helping lead the Royals to a tournament title Saturday.

Eastern Hancock beat Hagerstown (13-3), Columbus East (8-4) and Connersville (10-5) to improve to 19-2. The win over the host Spartans was in the championship game.

Willis had three home runs against the Spartans. She went 4-for-5, including a double, to go with six RBI.

She had a home run and two RBI in the win over East. Alina Alford and Lilli Ringer had two hits each in the game and Kenna Stewart threw a complete game with 11 strikeouts.

In the opener over Hagerstown, the Royals totaled six home runs. Willis had two solo homers. Ringer had two homers and five RBI. Addisyn Trackwell and Emily Hodges each hit home runs. Trackwell also had a double and three RBI. Sammie Bolding had three hits.

Tatem Adams threw a four-hitter and struck out five.

Dragons split DH

At home Saturday, New Palestine’s softball team split games with Munster and Crown Point.

New Palestine (18-2) beat Munster 3-0 and lost to Crown Point 4-3.

In the win over Munster, Cailyn Hurst threw a two-hitter. She did not walk anyone and struck out six.

Sydney Oliver had a triple and two RBI. Allie Blum had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Paige Ernstes had an RBI.

Against Crown Point, the Dragons led 3-2 until the Bulldogs scored two in the top half of the seventh inning.

Ernstes drove in all three New Pal runs. Maddie Engle hit a triple.

G-C is classic runner-up

Greenfield-Central (11-8) was runner-up in the Cougar Classic at Greenfield-Central High School Saturday.

The Cougars lost 17-3 to Hamilton Heights in the championship game after beating Seymour 13-3 in the semifinals.

In the championship game, Kristen Wineinger went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Selah Vahle had her first varsity home run.

In the win over Seymour, Leilani Forshey had her team-high 10th home run and had two RBI. Savvanna Riall went 3-for-4 with three runs and five RBI. She hit her sixth home run of the season.

Wineinger and Charlotte Riehle both went 1-for-2 with three runs scored. Riehle had an RBI. Vahle had a double and scored two runs.