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CLEAN SLATE: CMS baseball runs the table

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

RUSHVILLE — The Connersville Middle School baseball team ended its 2018 campaign the same way they began it one month ago ... with a victory.

Between those two games, the Spartan boys never faced defeat, finishing the season with a spotless 11-0 mark.

Not bad for a school that had never fielded a baseball team before.

On Wednesday, Benjamin Rush Middle School made a bid to put that only blemish on the CMS record, the Future Lions tying the game 5-5 with a three-run sixth inning.

The game would remain that way, forcing an extra inning. 

Once there, however, the Spartans would impose their will, scoring five times to claim a 10-5 win.

Braxton Myers got CMS back on top in the eighth with a lead-off home run. Connersville would add four more tallies in the inning to put the game out of reach.

Gavin Lynch also homered for the Spartans, the centerfielder leading off the game with a right-field shot. A single by Lynch, followed by back-to-back-to-back doubles from Gavin Pearson, Chance Bentley and Brayden Lykins, allowed CMS to take a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the third.

In the fourth, it was Cyle Siefert’s turn to go deep, the rightfielder taking his pitch to centerfield.

On the mound, the trio of Kaleb Sparks, Lynch and Lykins prevented Benjamin Rush from ever gaining the lead. Those three joined to scatter eight hits in the game. Connersville finished with 17 hits.

CHS softball hangs for win against Centerville

CENTERVILLE — Battling back from a 3-1 deficit, the Connersville High School softball team came away with a 6-5 win over Centerville on Wednesday night.

Allison Woytik smacked a home run to lead off the seventh inning, and that proved to be the difference in the game.

CHS scored first, putting a tally on the board in the top of the third, but Centerville struck back with three in the bottom of the frame for the lead.

In the fifth, Kylie Jackson reached base on a one-out walk, then scored on a double by Ashley Ruble to cut the lead to 3-2.

The Lady Spartans then grabbed the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Allison Kibbey led off the inning, reaching on a Centerville error. A second and third error by the Lady Bulldogs put Braxton Newton and Haylee Perry aboard, loading the bases for Ruble.

The CHS shortstop then delivered a single, clearing the bases and giving her four RBI in the game.

Newton finished with three hits in the game, one of them a double. She was followed by Ruble’s two hits.

On the mound, Jeri Ellis spun her way to the win, striking out 11 in the process.

Wildcat girls tennis shuts out Milan on the road

MILAN — It was another dominating performance for the Franklin County girls tennis team, as the Lady Wildcats improved to 17-0 on the season with a 5-0 victory over homestanding Milan on Tuesday.

All but one match on the day ended 6-0, 6-0 in favor of the visitors, the lone exception a 6-2, 6-0 win by the No. 2 doubles team of Maggie Brack and Taylor McCreary.

Singles winners for FC included Lilli Stewart, Megan Routh and Lauren Klei. Stewart and Klei are both 17-0 in single play this season.

At No. 1 doubles, Grace Moster and Katarina Sacksteder were also shut out winners.

High school baseball falls at New Castle

NEW CASTLE — Managing only one hit in the game, the Connersville High School baseball team was beaten by New Castle on Wednesday by a final score of 10-0.

Cody Friend managed to collect the only hit for the Spartans.

New Castle scored twice in the first, and added another tally in the second for a 3-0 lead.

The Trojans broke the game open in the fifth, plating five runners to close out the scoring.

Rylan Huntley led New Castle at the plate, going 3-for-3 in the game.

On the mound, Trey Turner earned the win for NC, striking out three. 

Starter Maxwell Crank suffered the loss for CHS. Gabe Morris and Dylan Combs also appeared on the hill for the Spartans.

CHS C uses big inning to nip Franklin County

BROOKVILLE — Scoring five times in the top of the sixth inning, the Connersville High School C team pulled out a 6-5 win at Franklin County on Wednesday evening.

Connersville trailed 5-1 prior to the big frame, as FC scored once in the second, once in the third and three times in the fourth.

At the plate, CHS was led by Peyton Rowland, who finished with three hits, one of them a triple. He drove in two runs.

Following him on the stat sheet was Brody Cox, Hunter Fasbinder and Michael Powell, each with two hits. James Isaacs added a double for the victors.

Brody Cox started the game and tossed four innings, surrendering five runs, while striking out three. Rowland relieved him and finished up the final three innings, striking out four.