Prep roundup: Marauders one win away from outright HHC title

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With a 12-1 victory at Yorktown Wednesday, Mt. Vernon’s baseball team is one win away from an outright Hoosier Heritage Conference title.

The Marauders are 11-2 in HHC games with one conference game remaining, a home game today (Thursday) against Yorktown.

Mt. Vernon has a one-half game lead over New Palestine (11-3). The Dragons finished their conference season Wednesday with a 6-2 victory at New Castle.

The Marauders have secured at least a share of the HHC. With a second win over Yorktown (12-12, 4-9), they will be the outright champions.

Wednesday’s win was keyed by a seven-run third inning.

Mt. Vernon is 17-6 overall.

New Pal beats New Castle

New Palestine’s baseball team kept its hopes of a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conference title alive with a 6-2 victory at New Castle Wednesday.

The Dragons are 20-5 overall and 11-3 in the HHC. They are one-half game behind Mt. Vernon. The Marauders are 11-2 and can win the outright title Thursday with a victory over Yorktown.

Against New Castle (3-20, 1-13), the Dragons trailed 1-0 until scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning. They added three more in the fifth for insurance.

Ben Hirschy threw five no-hit innings and gave up one unearned run. He walked four and struck out eight. He also had an RBI.

Adam Rickey had two hits, an RBI, and a run scored along with finishing the game on the mound. He threw two innings, gave up two hits and one earned run. He struck out two.

Jacob Morris had three hits, including a double, and an RBI and two runs scored. Jackson Kamp had two hits, including a triple, an RBI and two runs scored.

Rigg Mahurin had a hit and two RBI. Jace Jaques hit a double.

Cougars shut out by Shelby

Greenfield-Central wrapped up its Hoosier Heritage Conference portion of the schedule with a 3-0 loss at Shelbyville Wednesday.

The Cougars are 10-12 overall and finish 7-7 in the HHC. Shelbyville improved to 14-8 and 9-5.

The Golden Bears scored a run each in the first, fifth and sixth innings.

Greenfield-Central had three hits.

Brady Johnson, Kirk Knecht and Jacob Welch each hit singles. Welch had a stolen base.

Parker Rhodes suffered the loss on the mound. He struck out nine in six innings. All three runs were earned and he walked four.