Road rallies lift Rangers, Jeeps

From Herald Staff Reports

It took Forest Park until the sixth inning, and Northeast Dubois waited one inning longer. But for both Dubois County softball squads, rallies arrived just in time Monday afternoon.

The Rangers and Jeeps both pocketed 4-3 come-from-behind wins, as Forest Park prevailed at Perry Central and Northeast Dubois posted a pair of seventh-inning runs to nick Orleans in Orange County.

At Leopold, the Rangers (4-3) scored twice in the sixth inning to swipe a 3-2 lead before Perry Central leveled the game in the bottom of the seventh. But in the eighth, Forest Park put runners on second and third base with two outs, and Emily Gutgsell delivered the go-ahead RBI single.

Adria Giesler added two RBIs for the Rangers, who also banged out three extra-base hits to support three Ranger pitchers. Amy Bockelman relieved starter Ericka Lange in the fourth inning, and Jordan Voges entered in the seventh and shut down the Commodores in the eighth to collect her first win of the season.

Similarly, Northeast Dubois hurler Carly Terwiske (1-1) landed her first victory of the spring, tossing a complete game and surrendering five hits. Terwiske also blanked the Bulldogs over the final three innings as the Jeeps (3-2) made their move, first pulling within 3-2 with a run in the sixth inning, then pushing ahead in the seventh.

Katie Kluesner finished 3-for-4, including a double, while Taryn Friedman singled and pushed home two runs and Chloe Johnson added an RBI hit for Northeast Dubois (3-2), which won its third straight game.

In other softball:

Patriots 8, Chargers 2: Pike Central couldn’t keep Heritage Hills off the basepaths, and all the damage added up. The Patriots scored at least one run in each of their six at-bats at Lincoln City and breezed by Pike Central in their Pocket Athletic Conference opener.

In a rematch of last season’s Class 3A sectional championship that the Chargers won 10-4, Heritage Hills curbed Pike Central this time as Kayala Hoppenjans (3-for-3, two RBIs) enjoyed her sixth multi-hit game this spring; the senior is hitting .515 on the season for the Pats (8-2, 1-0). Hunter Crane and Jamie Tempel each finished 2-for-4, Miranda Miller posted two RBIs and Tempel, Bauer and Gina Wahl each scored a pair of runs.

The sum of the production was more than enough wiggle room for Kaitlin Kralj (7-2), who whirled a complete game and struck out seven in a five-hit effort.

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