Greencastle sends two teams to county baseball and softball finals; Eagles, Cougars split in early games

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Saturday’s early games at the Putnam County Baseball and Softball Tournaments featured several strong pitching performances as several teams were able to get back on to the diamonds for the first time in several days thanks to continued rain in the area the past few weeks.

Greencastle saw both of its squads reach the finals after shutout wins over Cloverdale while North Putnam and South Putnam split games as the Cougars won in baseball and the Eagles won at softball.


South Putnam outfielder Madi Carpenter preserved the victory in game one for the Eagles with a leaping catch in the bottom of the seventh, preventing North Putnam from tying or evening winning the game after the visitors had rallied back from 3-0, ultimately to fall 3-2, with the visitors advancing to the championship game of the Putnam County Softball Tournament.
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South Putnam 3, North Putnam 2

The Eagles scored three runs in the top of the first and rode the arm of Mia Wells the rest of the way, holding off a late Cougar comeback attempt to reach the final of the Putnam County Softball Tournament.

Braylin Boruff led off with a walk and was brought in on an Alyssa Pingleton double for the first run of the game.

Adrie Burge followed with a two-run home run as South Putnam shot out to a 3-0 lead.

The visitors threatened again in the second with back-to-back singles but pop outs from Boruff and Danae Cline ended the threat.

Another missed chance in the fifth for the Eagles was punished by North Putnam in the bottom of the inning as Morgan Mason drew a walk, took second on a passed ball and scored on Maelyn Gibbs’ single.

Gibbs reached third on a Hailee Daigle single but the latter was thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning.

South Putnam loaded the bases in the seventh but a lineout to centerfield turned into a double play to keep the score at 3-1.

North Putnam got singles from Bailee Pride and Gibbs to start the bottom of the seventh and a sharp shot up the middle from Mackenzie Mason plated a run to cut the gap to 3-2.

On the back end of the play, however, pinch runner Khloe Willhite was thrown out after getting off the bag at second base and Kaylynn Lawrence’s liner to center field was snagged for the final out of the game.

South Putnam 300 000 0 — 3 8 1

North Putnam 000 010 1 — 2 7 1

WP — Wells 7 IP, 2 R (2 ER), 7 H, 2 BB, 7 K

LP — Cam. Riggle 7 IP, 3 R (3 ER), 8 H, 5 BB, 2 K

HR — Burge

2B — Pingleton

RBI — Gibbs, Mack. Mason; Burge (2), Pingleton

Greencastle's Ali Hassler shutdown the Cloverdale offense in game two of the Putnam County Softball Tournament, striking out 15 Clovers over seven innings as the Tiger Cubs advanced to the championship game with a 7-0 win.
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Greencastle 7, Cloverdale 0

The Tiger Cubs used small ball to set up a long ball from Allie Beaman to score three runs in the third inning and added runs in the fourth and seven to reach the final of the Putnam County Softball Tournament.

Two scoreless innings between Greencastle and Cloverdale gave way to a three-run blast from Beaman in the top of the third after Sarah Simmerman and Kyler Rumley both reached on bunt singles.

Ali Hassler reached on an error in the fourth and after a sac bunt and a bunt single, Simmerman plated courtesy runner Skye Bean to make it 4-0.

Hassler allowed just two hits in the circle to keep the Clover offense in check before the Tiger Cubs cemented the win in the seventh.

Rumley reached on an error to start the inning and scored on a Haley Iseman single.

Emma West singled to put two on before Iseman took home on and West scored on a single by Lilly Franklin to make it 7-0 before Hassler finished off the game in the bottom of the inning.

Greencastle 003 100 3 — 7 10 2

Cloverdale 000 000 0 — 0 2 3

WP — Hassler 7 IP, 2 H, 15 K

LP — Smith 7 IP, 7 R (5 ER), 10 H, BB, 6 K

HR — Beaman

RBI — Beaman (3), Iseman, Franklin, Simmerman


Greencastle freshman Bryton Gregg threw six strong innings against Cloverdale in the first game of the Putnam County Baseball Tournament, helping to keep the Clovers in check while holding on to a three-run lead, a lead that would hold as the Tiger Cubs advanced to the championship game with a 3-0 win.
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Greencastle 3, Cloverdale 0

With both teams playing just their second game of the season, the Tiger Cubs picked up all three runs in the third inning and rode six strong innings from freshman Bryton Gregg on the mound to advance to the final of the Putnam County Baseball Tournament.

Three of Greencastle’s five hits came in the decisive inning after Connor Sullivan drew a one-out walk.

A single from Owen Huff brought Sullivan in and, after a single from Trevin Clark, Sam Gooch doubled home both runners to bring in the remaining runs.

Action was limited the rest of the way as Gregg allowed three total baserunners in his six innings of work via an error, walk and hit batsman.

Nathan Sutherlin came in to close out the game, though an error and hit batsman made things briefly interesting before a fielder’s choice ended the game.

Greencastle 003 000 0 — 3 5 3

Cloverdale 000 000 0 — 0 0 0

WP — Gregg 6 IP, BB, 12 K

LP — Hoffa 7 IP, 3 R (3 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 9 K

S — Sutherlin IP, K

2B — Gooch

RBI — Gooch (2), Huff

North Putnam's Jayce Monnett dives into home plate headfirst ahead of South Putnam pitcher Wyatt Mullin during the second inning of game two of the Putnam County Baseball Tournament. The Cougars held the Eagles scoreless behind the arm of Kaden Helderman, advancing to the championship game with an 8-0 win.
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North Putnam 8, South Putnam 0

The Cougars struck early and often to down the Eagles and move on to the final of the Putnam County Baseball Tournament.

A pair of early singles led to the game’s first run when Brogan Woodall was caught stealing second, allowing Kaden Helderman to take home on the same play for a 1-0 North Putnam lead.

Woodall made amends in the second inning with a double that plated a run after Jayce Monnett scored on a passed ball before scoring on another passed ball to make it 4-0.

Brayden Chew led off the third with a triple and courtesy runner Kaiden Hankins scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0 before Woodall singled in Helderman to make it 6-0.

Back-to-back doubles from Alec McKenzie and Braxton Woodall plated the seventh run while an error later in the inning allowed the Cougars’ eighth run in.

Drew Cline limited the damage from there for South Putnam on the mound, keeping the hosts’ offense off the scoreboard from that point forward in relief of Wyatt Mullin.

The Cougars missed additional chances to score in the fifth and sixth innings but Helderman held serve on the mound, pitching all seven innings while allowing four hits and striking out 11 on just 82 pitches.

South Putnam 000 000 0 — 0 4 4

North Putnam 132 200 X — 8 11 0

WP — Helderman 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 11 K

LP — Mullin 2 2/3 IP, 6 R (3 ER), 7 H, 5 BB, 3 K

3B — Chew

2B — Mullin; Bro. Woodall, Bra. Woodall, Windmiller, McKenzie

RBI — Bro. Woodall (2), Bra. Woodall

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