After three stoppages, Jasper nails down win No. 23

From Herald Staff Reports

Jasper had the pitching and had the hitting, and the only other thing necessary to finish the season’s 23rd win was a hefty dose of patience.

After three lightning delays, the Class 3A No. 2 Wildcats finally filed an 8-2 victory over Linton that required nearly 3 1⁄2 hours to complete Friday night at Ruxer Field. While Justin Persohn (5-0) and Jacob Lents merged for a five-hitter, Evan Aders socked a pair of doubles and scored three runs, and Lents further propelled Jasper’s offense with a solo home run in the fifth and a two-run single in the third inning when the Cats (23-4) lunged ahead 6-0. Eric Nordhoff contributed two hits and two RBIs as well against the Miners (15-6).

The Cats wrap up the regular season at noon today with a home matchup against Edgewood.

Knights 4, Patriots 1: Kyla Dilger picked up one win and Heritage Hills pushed Castle at another position, but the Knights churned out their 21st consecutive sectional title by stopping the Patriots (10-6) in the championship of the Boonville sectional.

After winning a 3 1⁄2-hour three-set match to boost the Patriots to a 3-2 semifinal win Thursday against Boonville, Dilger won again Friday and did so in shorter order by rolling past Emily Lothamer 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Patriot No. 3 singles player Carly Sabelhaus took her first set 6-0 before Baylor Carter rallied in the final two, 6-2, 6-2.

Caroline Guth, the only senior in the Patriot lineup Friday, lost 6-2, 6-1 alongside Sydney Rube at No. 1 doubles. Madison Devillez topped Kate Kaetzel 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, and Sydney Hoffman and Mallory Tempel dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 2 doubles. 

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