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Tuesday county wrap: G-C baseball, MV softball post dramatic comebacks

April 11, 2012
By Andrew Smith of Hancock County Sports



Baseball

Greenfield-Central 12, Lawrence Central 8: Clark Pence hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning -- his third homer in two days -- to give the Cougars their second straight dramatic comeback victory.

G-C trailed 4-0 and 6-2 in the contest before mounting another big comeback. On Monday, the Cougars rallied from a six-run deficit to beat Beech Grove on a walk-off homer by Jared Banton.

This time, the Cougars rallied to knot the game up in the bottom of the sixth, setting the stage for Pence's one-out blast. Pence was 4-for-5 with two singles, a double and the game-winning homer.

The Cougars (6-2) travel to Perry Meridian for a Friday doubleheader.

Eastern Hancock 24, Randolph Southern 14: The Royals played a game with a football score in the wind Tuesday afternoon.

Cody Wallace had seven RBI in the game, hitting two triples, a homerun and scoring four runs. Evan Fout was 4-for-5 with three doubles, three RBI and four runs. Hunter Brown had three runs, three RBI and two hits. Cole Fout and Connor Kramer also had two hits and two RBI each. Justin Dunlavy also had two hits, as the Royals pounded 17 safeties in the game, including eight extra-base hits. 

The game was a wild one -- both teams scored three in the first, and Randolph Southern led 7-6 after two. EH scored seven runs in the top of the third to take a six-run lead, and then Randolph Southern tied it with seven in the bottom of the frame, making it a 13-13 game. But the Royals allowed just one run the rest of the way, and scored 11 more -- four in the fourth, six in the fifth and one in the sixth -- to end the game early via mercy rule. 

Kyle Kramer pitched the final four innings to get the win in relief, allowing four hits, three unearned runs and striking out six.

 EH is now 3-2 on the season. The Royals host Centerville on Friday.

Mt. Vernon 9, Shenandoah 5: Zach Norman had three hits -- including a triple -- and scored three times, while Drew Kammerer drove in three runs to lead the Marauders.

Zach McFarland had a pair of hits and an RBI. Illinois recruit Troy Montgomery stole three bases for MV and also drove in a run, as did Jon Michael Weaver.

Jake Mills threw 1 1/3 inning of hitless ball to get the win. MV didn't allow an earned run in the contest. MV jumped out to leads of 4-0 after three innings and 8-2 after four.

Softball

Mt. Vernon 8, Yorktown 7, 8 innings: The Marauders rallied from a 7-3 fifth-inning deficit, scoring three times in the bottom of the seventh to tie it and then winning it in the eighth.

Kylie Lyons and Ambry Turpen drove in a combined three runs for MV, while Lyons, Brooke Saldana, Maggie McLean and Ellie Balbach all had two hits each -- each with a single and a double.

Balbach pitched 7 1/3 innings of relief to get the victory after MV surrendered four first-inning runs. She allowed six hits and struck out seven.

MV is now 4-0 and 2-0 in HHC play. The Marauders next play Friday against HSE.

Greenfield-Central 11, Centerville 0: The Cougars rolled to a 5-0 mark with a five-inning victory on the road.

Ashley Brunk homered, doubled and drove in three runs. Sami Frazier and Alyssa Walls singled, doubled and each drove in a run. Ashley Whitaker and Miranda Galbreath each also drove in a run.

Frazier and Whitaker combined on the shutout, allowing three hits and striking out nine. Frazier got the pitching victory.

G-C returns home Wednesday to face Westfield.

Eastern Hancock 10, Knightstown 0: Coach Jack Heiden's Royals jumped out to a double-digit victory over their arch-rivals in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.

Tennis

New Palestine 5, Triton Central 0: The defending sectional champion Dragons opened their season with a victory. Tanya Khokhar, Jennifer Roberts and Kyler Litteral won singles matches, while Michaela Hurd/Emily Moeller and Abby Poole/Megan Beatty all won for the Dragons.

NP's JV also won 10-1.

Franklin Central 5, Mt. Vernon 0: The Marauders fell to the 23rd-ranked Flashes. MV next plays Wednesday against Shenandoah before facing Shelbyville Thursday.

Greenfield-Central 5, Morristown 0: The Cougars had a sweep of the Yellow Jackets. Amelia Shepherd won at No. 1 singles.

Track and field

MV, NP split: Mt. Vernon's boys track and field team beat New Palestine 84.5-47.5 in a dual meet Tuesday. NP got victories from Dillon Pike (400), Seth Eagleson (1600) and Nate Derheimer (discus), as well as the 4x400 relay of Pike, Ben Richter, Austin Timmerman and Sam Jones, and the 4x800 relay of Pike, Richter, Timmerman and Austin Dodd. MV individual results were not reported to HancockCountySports.com.

The New Palestine girls track and field team beat Mt. Vernon 79-53 Tuesday in a dual meet. NP seniors Corinne Zehner, Nicole Fluegel, Michaela Merlau, Sonya Napariu, junior Lauren Joray and freshman Rachel Wineman were all part of the 12 Dragons' event winners. 

Merlau and junior Kenzi Hoffman went 1-2 in the pole vault. Joray won the 800 and 1600 meter runs, Zehner took the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, Fluegel won the 100 and 200, Napariu won the shot put and discus. Fluegel, Zehner, Lauren Kehrt and freshman Faith Schonauer combined to win the 4x100 relay, while Joray, junior Sydney Pennybaker, Kehrt and Zehner won the 4x400 relay.

G-C girls win: Greenfield-Central's girls won a 3-way meet, scoring 91 points to beat New Castle (41) and Scecina (31).

Golf

Dragons win 3-way: The New Palestine boys golf team won a 3-way meet at Valle Vista Golf Club. The Dragons shot a nine-hole aggregate score of 176 to beat Whiteland (188) and Greenfield-Central (193).

NP senior Shane Catton was low medalist with a 40. Greydan Martin added 44, Nick Roembke and Aric Kotarski both shot 46.

Adam Casto and Jake Kauth both shot 45s to lead G-C. Connor Pence shot 50 and Dakota Hood 53.

"Extremely tough day to play on a course that we have never played," NP coach Gregg Greene said.

New Palestine plays at Knightstown Thursday. G-C plays Saturday at Twin Bridges CC in the Danville Invitational.

If your team is not listed in our roundup, make sure your team's coach knows to contact us after games -- send emails to andrewsmith (at) crosscomsports (dot) com


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