Tiger Cubs control county titles after sweep of Cougars; Clovers keep steady hand in win over Wolves

Thursday, April 25, 2024
Greencastle's Treyten Clark kickstarted the Tiger Cubs' fifth-inning rally with a double Thursday evening at North Putnam. Clark would score the visitors' first run of the night, helping Greencastle take the game to extra innings and an eventual 3-2 win over the Cougars.
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BAINBRIDGE – For a second-straight season, North Putnam and Greencastle couldn’t separate themselves in their WIC baseball outing in just seven innings.

Where the 2023 game took an extra inning to get through, Thursday’s contest needed nine innings of play and multiple missed chances with bases loaded for both teams before the Tiger Cubs plated a run in the top of the ninth and kept the Cougars in check for a 3-2 win.

North Putnam bagged an early run in the bottom of the first after singles by Brogan Woodall and Jaylen Windmiller set up an RBI groundout from Alex McKenzie.

Greencastle starter Bryton Gregg settled down from there as he and Windmiller controlled the next two innings of play.

The Cougars added a run in the fourth after McKenzie walked, moved to second on a ground out and third on a passed ball before Jayce Monnett singled him in for a 2-0 lead.

By the time the hosts were back up to bat, the lead was gone as Treyten Clark doubled to lead off the fifth, scoring on an error off the bat of Gregg to halve the deficit at 2-1.

Dillon Hughes drew a one-out walk with Gregg stealing third following a strikeout, setting up the tying run when Hughes went for second, reaching safely and allowing Gregg to steal home during the throw, tying the game at 2-2.

North Putnam loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning but a fielder’s choice saw the lead runner out at home before another groundout ended the threat.

The Cougars got two more runners on in the sixth, chasing Gregg for Trevin Long, but a liner to center field ended the inning.

There was no better chance for the hosts than in the bottom of the seventh as Woodall singled, Windmiller was intentionally walked and McKenzie was safe on a fielder’s choice, loading the bases for North Putnam with no outs.

But similar to the fifth, a fielder’s choice saw the lead run out at home before a grounder to short turned into a 6-3 double play that sent the game to extra innings.

Greencastle was next to miss out on a bases-loaded spot as Long doubled, Sam Gooch singled and Nathan Sutherlin was intentionally walked, only for Windmiller to coax a strikeout and fly ball to get out of the jam.

Windmiller got the first two outs of the ninth but Hughes was able to prolong the inning with a single as Windmiller was forced to exit after reaching the maximum pitch count.

Griffen Starr took over on the bump and issued a walk to Owen Huff before Long loaded the bases with a single.

Gooch fouled off a pair of pitches before drawing a walk to force a run home, giving Greencastle a 3-2 lead.

Woodall and McKenzie both singled to put runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth but a grounder toward second was enough for the Tiger Cubs to reclaim the Putnam County Bucket.

Greencastle 000 020 001 — 3 7 1

North Putnam 100 100 000 — 2 8 1

WP — Long 2 1/3 IP, H, BB, K

LP — Windmiller 8 2/3 IP, 3 R (ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 12 K

2B — Long, Clark

RBI — Gooch; McKenzie, Monnett


Cloverdale 7, Parke Heritage 1

The Clovers scored in all but one inning at the site of their 2023 sectional championship to help down the Wolves Thursday night.

Cloverdale started the game with a 2-0 lead after Layton Allen drew a leadoff walk, Caiden Watts singled and a run came in on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Corey Branigan.

Drake Hoffa doubled later in the inning to bring in a second run and set himself up on the mound with a two-run lead to protect.

Hoffa did not allow a baserunner until the third inning and was ahead 4-0 by that point after Tayt Jackson scored following two errors in the second inning and Ben Campbell singled in a run in the third.

A dropped third strike in the fifth inning allowed the Clovers to add a fifth run while Landon Duncan tripled to lead off the sixth and was brought in on a Jackson sac fly to make it 6-0.

An error and a single off the bat of Kyle Harpold got Parke Heritage on the scoreboard but Hoffa sat down the final six batters for the hosts while Campbell scored on a wild pitch in the seventh after a double to add gloss to the win.

Cloverdale 211 011 1 — 7 9 2

Parke Heritage 000 001 0 — 1 3 2

WP — Hoffa 7 IP, R, 3 H, BB, 13 K

LP — Graves 5 1/3 IP, 6 R (5 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 11 K

3B — Duncan

2B — Hoffa (2), Campbell

RBI — Campbell (2), Hoffa, Branigan, Jackson; Harpold

Sullivan 3, South Putnam 1

The Golden Arrows scored three times in the first and the lead held up as the Eagles got their only run in the seventh inning.

A single and a walks et up Hunter Mason for a RBI single to start the bottom of the first while Ty Hamilton plated a run with a single and Ryder Pinkston brought in the third run on a fielder’s choice.

Wyatt Mullin regained control from there, not allowing a run for the next three innings while Kade Winslow allowed a hit and two walks over the next two innings.

South Putnam’s offense couldn’t find a way to bring runners in, however, despite having several batters reach base until the seventh when Drew Cline singled in Stiles Stauch before a pair of flyouts ended the contest.

South Putnam 000 000 1 — 1 3 2

Sullivan 300 000 X — 3 5 2

WP — Mason 4 IP, H, 5 BB, 6 K

LP — Mullin 4 IP, 3 R (3 ER), 4 H, 4 BB, 3K

RBI — Cline; Mason, Hamilton, Pinkston

Greencastle's Lilly Franklin camps out and collects an infield pop up during Thursday's WIC meeting at North Putnam. A night after being routed by Owen Valley, the Tiger Cubs did the same to the Cougars in a 16-6 win with Franklin plating five runs for the visitors on the night.
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Greencastle 16, North Putnam 6

A night after allowing 22 runs to Owen Valley, the Tiger Cubs were able to shake off the loss quickly by putting up double-digit runs for the second game in two days with a 10-run win over the Cougars Thursday.

North Putnam started the night with 1-0 lead after Lexi and Hailee Daigle singled; an error off the bat of Morgan Mason plated one run but Ali Hassler struck out the next two batters to limit the damage.

Greencastle’s reply mirrored the Patriots’ from Wednesday as the visitors notched seven runs in the second inning, starting with singles from Katie Detro, Hayley Owens and Sarah Simmerman to load the bases.

Two runs came in on an error off the bat of Makenzie Creviston before Allie Beaman singled in the third for a 3-1 lead.

Haley Iseman reached on an error to reload the bases for Emma West, who doubled in two runs before Lilly Franklin doubled in two more to make it a 7-1 game.

North Putnam cut the deficit to two runs in the third as Hailee Daigle singled to lead off the inning and scored on Lexi Daigle’s double.

Mackenzie Mason singled to bring home the elder Daigle before Maylee Mason tripled to bring in a third run in the inning.

Kaylynn Lawrence reached on an error that plated a fourth run as the hosts cut the deficit to 7-5.

The Tiger Cubs got three runs back in the fourth as Beaman singled and Iseman walked with an error off the bat of West getting one run in.

Franklin grounded out to bring a second run home before Hassler doubled in the third run of the inning to stretch the lead back out to 10-5.

Both Daigles singled to start the bottom of the fourth and Mackenzie Mason plated one run on a fielder’s choice but the Cougars could get no more runs and trailed 10-6.

Greencastle extended the lead with a two-out rally in the fifth as Beaman and West walked, Iseman singled and Franklin plated two runs with a double to make it 12-6.

Creviston doubled home a run in the sixth and West doubled home two more to make it 15-6 after six innings while Owens scored on a passed ball in the seventh to round out the scoring.

Greencastle 070 323 1 — 16 16 2

North Putnam 104 100 0 — 6 11 3

WP — Hassler 7 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 11 H, 8 K

LP — L. Daigle 7 IP, 16 R (8 ER), 16 H, 4 BB, 3 K

3B — May. Mason

2B — West (2), Franklin (2), Creviston, Hassler, Beaman; L. Daigle (2)

RBI — Franklin (5), West (4), Beaman, Hassler, Creviston; Mack. Mason (2), L. Daigle; May. Mason

Parke Heritage 6, Cloverdale 5 (8)

The Clovers held leads of 1-0 and 5-3 but the Wolves managed to tack on runs in the last three innings to walk off with a win in extra innings Thursday evening.

Paisley Meyerrose got the game off on the right foot for Cloverdale with a solo home run in the first though the visitors wasted two singles and Parke Heritage replied quickly in the bottom half of the inning.

With two outs, Taya Sturmer doubled and scored on an Addie Frazier single while an error allowed a second run in to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.

An error set up a Sturmer sac fly in the third to give the Wolves a 3-1 lead before the Clovers pulled a run back in the fourth.

An Abi Welton single and walk to Callee Smith up Amilia Haga for an RBI double that made it 3-2.

A hit batter and two errors in the top of the sixth allowed Cloverdale to take a 4-3 lead before Meyerrose plated a run with a single to make it 5-3.

Parke Heritage scored a run in the bottom of the inning to close the gap to one run before Maddy Downs tripled in a run in the seventh to tie the game and send it to extra innings.

Two errors and a hit batter loaded the bases for the Wolves in the eighth and Kendall McKinney was able to punch a two-out single through the infield for the win.

Cloverdale 100 103 00 — 5 7 4

Parke Heritage 201 001 11 — 6 7 4

WP — Tome 3 IP, 2 R, H, BB, 4 K

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

HR — Meyerrose

3B — Downs

2B — Haga; Sturmer

RBI — Meyerrose (2), Haga; Downs, Sturmer, Fraizer, McKinney

Cascade 6, Cloverdale 1

A four-run third inning was enough for the 2A No. 2 Cadets on Thursday night to take another win off a Putnam County team in the Eagles.

Cascade started the night with a ground out from Lacie Godby that plated a run in the top of the first for a 1-0 lead.

Adrie Burge tied the game in the second with a solo home run but that was the extent of the South Putnam offense on the evening.

A three-run blast by Tara Gruca was the Cadet reply in the third while a single from Macey Pugh and an error allowed a fourth run to score, giving the visitors a 5-1 advantage.

Godby added an RBI double in the seventh to cement her win in the circle.

Cascade 104 000 1 — 6 8 2

South Putnam 010 000 0 — 1 5 3

WP — Godby 7 IP, R (ER), 5 H, 8 K

LP — Boruff 7 IP, 6 R (5 ER), 8 H, 2 BB, 2 K

HR — Gruca; Burge

2B — Willhite, Gruca, Godby

RBI — Gruca (3), Godby (2); Burge

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