PREP ROUNDUP: Eagles top Sullivan 7-3, could win WIC West title
South Putnams softball team put itself into a position to win the West Division of the Western Indiana Conference on Wednesday with a 7-3 win over Sullivan.
The Eagles are now tied with West Vigo for second place in the WIC West at 3-1. If Sullivan could knock off the Vikings on Tuesday, the Eagles could win the divisional title with a win over first-place Northview.
Sullivan scored two runs in the top of the first against South Putnam on Wednesday, but the Eagles bounced back with two in the second and five in the third.
Drew Bratcher continued her hot hitting for the Eagles with a double, two singles, four RBI and four runs scored. Drew Steffy had two singles and a run scored, while Chloe Custis had an RBI and a run and Bree Mahoney-Sutherland had an RBI and two runs. Brionna Egold and Jaylen Hughbanks each had a single and a run.
Alex Steffy pitched a seven-hitter for the victory.
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South Putnam 025 000 x 7 9 2
WP A.Steffy. LP Steele.
In other softball:
Cloverdale 7, Owen Valley 2 At Spencer, the Clovers got six runs in the top of the first inning and raised their record to 6-5 on the season.
Winning pitcher Macie Couch struck out six batters and added a single. Kiley Shedron had a triple with two RBI, while Autumn Lewellen doubled and had three RBI. Makenzie Allen, Holly Garretson and Hannah Long each singled.
The Clovers host Eminence today.
Cloverdale 600 010 0 7 6 2
Owen Valley 100 010 0 2 4 4
Cubs win triangular meet On Wednesday, Jake Bennett shot a 39 to win medalist honors as Greencastle defeated Crawfordsville and North Putnam.
The Cubs had a team score of 171, while Crawfordsville shot a 193 and North Putnam had a 241.
Conner Taylor and Jaxon Parmley each shot a 43 for the Cubs, while Kyle Tesmer had a 46, Benton Parmley had a 47 and Blaise Hasty added a 52.
Peyton Myers led North Putnam with a 57, while Hunter Rudes had a 59, R.J. Batchelor had a 61, Marcus Burdine shot a 64, Kyren Long had a 68 and Kennith Knutti had a 79.
The course played long, with very hard and fast greens which caused all the players to be higher than usual in scoring, GHS coach Steve Paquin said. Conner, Jaxon, Kyle, Benton and Blaise had some good shots, but struggled with shotmaking as this was the first time they have played summer rules [playing the ball without touching it and improving the lie].
This was a difficult course to score on because of the course conditions.
Paquin sees improvement in his team, but can always find more room to get better.
We did score seven shots better than on Monday so this shows an improvement, he said. The weather is getting better and this will give us the opportunity to work on the parts of the game that is needed to continue improving as a team.
The Cubs will play Monday at Forest Park in Brazil against Northview Tuesday at Rea Park in Terre Haute against Terre Haute South.
Sullivan 13, South Putnam 3 After three scoreless innings, the Arrows scored four times in the top of the fourth and went on to a 10-run rule victory.
South Putnam got two runs in the sixth inning as Nick Perry walked and moved to second as Dylan Crum was hit by a pitch. Tanner Pistelli brought home pinch-runner Michael Stewart with a sacrifice fly, while Crum scored on a single by Brandon Demoret.
Pistelli and Dawson Cash had singles for the other Eagle hits.
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South Putnam 000 002 1 3 3 4
WP Cooks. LP Croan.
In other baseball:
Northview 14, Greencastle 2 Northview scored seven times in the top of the third to break open a 2-2 game and went on to a 10-run rule victory.
The Tiger Cubs got their only two runs in the top of the first as Jacob Harris singled, went to second on an error and scored on an double by Gus Manion. Manion went to third on a single by Abe Wade and scored as Alex Costin later drew a bases-loaded walk.
Costin had a single for the other Greencastle hit.
Northview 207 14 14 11 2
Greencastle 200 00 2 4 2
WP Booe. LP Wade.
Southmont 4, Greencastle 1 The Tiger Cubs got their only win from their No. 1 doubles team of Nicole Newgent and Molly Ramey, which improved to 8-2 on the season with its sixth straight win.
The Tiger Cubs fell to 3-7 overall.
Southmont 4, Greencastle 1
Singles 1. Cora Waddell (S) def. Gretchen Weliever (G) 6-2, 6-1; 2. Hope Lighty (S) def. Corinne Buchanan (G) 7-5, 6-1; 3. Jane Scheidler (S) def. Hannah Miller (G) 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles 1. Nicole Newgent-Molly Ramey (G) def. Sophie Reimondo-Mallory Murphy (S) 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 10-6 Super tiebreaker; 2. Elizabeth Truncone-Megan Scheidler (S) def. Faith Hartman-Katlyn Dibble (G)
Southmont 5, Greencastle 0
Singles 1. Bernice Crosby (S) def. Catherine Weeks (G) 9-8(7-4); 2. Madison Murphy (S) def. Abbie Beaucamp (G) 8-1; 3. Aubrey Jones (S) Anne Hershberger (G) 8-0
Doubles 1. Bess Edwards-Cassidy Bowlon (S) def. Alison Fajt-Ally Schimpf 8-4; 2. Olivia Olin-Kayla Abraham (S) def. Anastasia Wood-Neva Brown (G)
In other tennis:
Danville 5, South Putnam 0 The Warriors swept the Eagles on Tuesday, but Eagle coach Johnny Briones is proud that his girls played good tennis against a quality opponent.
No. 1 singles fought through illness and cane up a little short, but I was proud of her performance, he said. No. 2 and 3 singles are starting to develop a little more consistency and are able to sustain long rallies. Our No. 1 and 2 doubles are starting to be more aggressive, improving their net game and accuracy.
The Eagles, who will be hosting the sectional starting May 16, play White River Valley on Saturday.
The season is winding down, and we are trying to gain some momentum going towards sectional, Briones said. We have some much-needed practice time ahead, in preparation for Saturdays match.
Danville 5, South Putnam 0
Singles 1. Libby Carlton (D) def. Gitte DeVreede (SP) 7-6(7-4); 2. Shelby Grider (D) def. Kaylee Hubbard (SP) 6-2, 6-1; 3. Payton Shores (D) def. Stephanie Zhivotovsky (SP) 6-0, 6-3.
Doubles 1. Ariel Mason-Tori Leistner def. Reagan Ladd-Addi Blaydes (SP) 6-1, 6-2; 2. Ali Means-Jenna Lucas (D) def. Brianna Robinson-Makenna Wells (SP) 6-2, 6-4.
Danville 9, South Putnam 3
Singles 1. Michenna Livengood (D) def. Abby Teipen (SP) 8-5; 2. Sophie Jackson (D) def. Becca Perra (SP) 8-1; 3. Mariya Shelton (D) def. Kendra Nichols (SP) 8-0.
Doubles Becca Perra-Hanna Weiland (SP) def. Karin Johnson-Maddie Howard (D) 6-4; Krinjal Patel-Karen Peagan (D) def. Brittany Hodge-Kensley Cash (SP) 6-1; Sami Minneman-Alyssa Staley (D) def. Eva Hubbard-Sammi Jones (SP) 6-2; Keira Wells-Morgan Dixon (SP) def. Mary Lynch-Sarah Koelling (D) 7-6(7-4); Anna Easlick-Jessi McDuggle (D) def. Hannah Weiland-Emma Hendrickson (SP) 6-2; Simran Patel-Anna Gummere (D) def. Evan Hubbard-Sammi Jones (SP) 6-3; Caroline Ritchie-Grace Catney (D) def. Kensley Cash-Brittany Hodge (SP) 6-0; Morgan Hall-Cilie Nutt (SP) def. Laura Nguyen-Michelle Herrera (D) 7-5; Lotta Szyza-Zoe Rinehart (D) def. Emma Hendrickson-Grace Fletcher (SP) 6-3
Western Indiana Conference crossover tennis pairings
The Western Indiana Conference girls tennis crossover matches will take place today.
East Division champ Owen Valley will play at West Division winner Northview for the conference title.
3rd/4th place Brown County at Sullivan
5th/6th place Indian Creek at Greencastle
7th/8th place Edgewood at West Vigo
9th place South Putnam finished fifth in the WIC West, but does not have a crossover opponent since the East Division only has four participating schools.