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Connersville baseball suffers EIAC setback to Wildcats

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

BROOKVILLE — Facing a 4-0 deficit after two innings, the Connersville High School baseball team fell to Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Franklin County on Thursday night by a 10-3 count.

The Wildcats added two runs in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to 6-1 heading into the fourth inning. 

Four runs in the bottom of the sixth put the game out of reach, but CHS fought for two runs in the top of the seventh to create the final margin in the game.

Connersville was led at the plate by Bryce Cloyd, who collected two of his team’s eight hits. Also collecting hits were Brayson McQueen (double), A.J. Corsaro, Colton Massey, Maxwell Crank, Brett Gray and Gabe Morris.

Franklin County got three hits from Brennan Meyers, and two hits each from Tommy Ratz, Dalton Durbin and Ben Krider. Meyers and Alex Bischoff both scored twice for the hosts.

Crossing the plate for the Spartans in the game was Corsaro, Massey and Gray. Cloyd, McQueen and Crank chased the runs home with RBIs.

Defensively, CHS was guilty of six errors, allowing Franklin County to extend innings and put additional runs on the board. In the game, Connersville surrendered only four earned runs.

Both Cloyd and Massey pitched three innings, with the former taking the loss. Krider earned the win for the ‘Cats.

Lady Spartans tripped up by Red Devils

RICHMOND — The Richmond Lady Red Devils scored twice in the first inning, and that proved to be enough, as the team defeated the Connersville High School softball team by a 3-1 margin on Thursday.

Kelsey Mullins and Claira Laughlin touched home in the first inning, and RHS hurler Bekah Johnston did the rest, scattering six hits and allowing the Lady Spartans only one tally in the sixth.

Connersville’s six hits came from different sources, as Allison Woytik (double), Madison Fields (double), Ashley Ruble, Braxton Newton, Katie Steele and Hailey Elliott all reached base safely.

Woytik’s double came with one out in the sixth, the junior shortstop racing home on an RBI single from Ruble two batters later.

Richmond was led at the plate by Johnston, who collected two hits for the Devils.

Connersville pitcher Jeri Ellis surrendered only four hits, but three Spartan errors helped host RHS plate three unearned runs.

Lincoln softball eases to win over Knightstown

DUBLIN — Scoring three times in the first, and adding three more scores in the second, the Cambridge City Lincoln softball team eased to an 11-3 victory over Knightstown at Wilson Park in Dublin on Thursday evening.

Kylee Smith finished with three hits to lead the Lady Golden Eagles at the plate. She was followed by Jaela Patton with two hits.

Run production for Lincoln was supplied by Smith, Patton and Emmie Pugh, each of whom finished with two RBI in the game.

Hannah Hall tossed four innings, and struck out four batters, to collect the win on the mound for LHS.

The win improved the Golden Eagles to 3-0 on the season.

Union County tennis blanked by Northeastern

LIBERTY — The Union County girls tennis team suffered a 5-0 loss to Tri-Eastern Conference foe Northeastern on Thursday, the Lady Knights taking the match in dominant fashion.

UC managed to win only nine games, all of them in singles play, against the visitors.

Lauren Collins, playing at No. 3 singles, won seven of those games before falling to Lauren Cowen.

Lady Patriot singles players Lindsay Lang (No. 1) and Aubrey Volz (2) were beaten by Emily Fouche (6-0, 6-0) and Dayna Newman (6-1, 6-1), respectively.

On the doubles courts, Amanda Jahosky and Annie Henry were beaten 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1. The same fate fell on the No. 2 team of Lissie Pitcher and Kylie Hetzer.

Union County travels to face another TEC rival, Union City, on Monday.

Lady Wildcat softball nips Batesville

BROOKVILLE — Jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings, the Franklin County softball team held on for a 4-2 victory over visiting Batesville on Thursday afternoon.

The Lady Wildcats opened a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Hannah Hornsby getting things started with an RBI double. She would later come around to score for FC’s second tally.

The ‘Cats added another run in the second for the three-run lead.

Batesville cut the deficit to one with two runs in the fifth inning, but FC would plate the final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth to provide the final margin of victory.

Kamryn McCool earned the win on the mound for Franklin County, surrendering only four hits, while striking out 16 in the game. She also led the Wildcats at the plate, finishing with two hits.

Lincoln golf falls short against Winchester

WINCHESTER — Cambridge City Lincoln golfer Jackson Reed finished as low-medalist for the day, but that was not enough to propel the Golden Eagles to a road win over Tri-Eastern Conference rival Winchester.

The Golden Falcons were beneficiaries of a 47 from Beman Welch, and a 48 by Alex Pegg, allowing the home team to post a 199-227 victory.

Following Reed on the Lincoln leaderboard was Dylan McCullum (55), Dillon Asher (61), Eric Castor (66), Jaron Gibbs (68) and Tyler Reisert (69).

Other Winchester scores included Jevin Malkey (51), Brayton McKnight (53) and Collin Orr (56).

Cambridge City tennis suffers first defeat

WINCHESTER — The Cambridge City Lincoln girls tennis team picked up a pair of wins in singles play, but the team could not find that all-important third point on the road at fellow Tri-Eastern Conference squad Winchester on Thursday.

Rachel Merida defeated Brianna Bogue at No. 2 singles (6-2, 6-0), and LHS’ No. 3 player Kami Laymon did likewise against Kate Hendrickson (6-4, 6-3), but those were the lone matches the Lady Golden Eagles would muster on the day.

At No. 1 singles, Lincoln’s Jamie Buhl fell short to Mariah Roberts 6-2, 6-4.

In doubles play, Winchester swept the two matches, as Cambridge City’s Makala Hammons and Ali Reece were beaten 6-4, 7-6 (4), and the duo of Riley Flockhart and Jenna Bertsch were taken down 6-1, 6-1.

On the junior varsity courts, the Lady Golden Falcons swept there as well, winning all four matches.

With the loss, Lincoln fell to 2-1, both in the conference and over all.

Connersville Middle School golfers win

In its first match of the season, the Connersville Middle School golf team defeated Cambridge City Lincoln by a score of 218-246 on Thursday evening.

Ethan Steele led CMS to the win, coming away as the meet’s low-medalist with a score of 52. He was followed by Nathan Shawl and Carter Bodwell, each coming into the clubhouse with scores of 55.

Tyla Patterson rounded out Connersville’s scoring, turning in a card with a career-best score of 56 on it.

Also competing for the Future Spartans were Maddie Newman and Kelli Caldwell, both of whom turned in career-best efforts of 60 and 62, respectively.

Following the meet, coach Jeff Martin said he was very proud of his charges, considering the cold, unseasonable weather that has limited their practice time so far this season.

The team is next in action on Tuesday, traveling to Antler Pointe Golf Club.