Cats disarm No. 2 Knights

From Herald Staff Reports

After its second loss of the season was followed by a win which left Wildcat coach Terry Gobert less than enthused, the Jasper baseball team needed a spark.


Thursday evening provided just the platform, as the Class 3A No. 1 Wildcats pummeled Class 4A No. 2 Castle 10-1 in Newburgh behind a pair of home runs and some stifling pitching.

Mark Giesler went the distance for Jasper (16-2) and also clobbered a two-run home run — his seventh bomb of the season — in the third inning. That put the Cats ahead 2-1, and after Jasper netted another three runs in the next two frames, Cal Krueger put the game away with a sixth-inning grand slam, the freshman’s first varsity home run. Krueger added two singles and finished 3-for-3.

Castle (18-3) managed just five hits off Giesler and plated its lone run in the second inning. Meanwhile, Andy Knust notched a couple base hits and scored three times for Jasper. Ben Moore also collected a pair of singles for the Wildcats, who host county rival Southridge (9-6) at 6 tonight at Ruxer Field.


Titans 3, Raiders 2: Southridge’s Jacob Brewer spun 41⁄3 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits, but Pocket Athletic Conference opponent Gibson Southern broke a 2-all tie with a run in the fifth inning to clip the Raiders in Fort Branch.

Nathan Tretter (1-for-2) and Guadalupe Perez (1-for-3) collected the Raiders’ two hits off Titan starter Lucas Lantrip, who fired seven innings and struck out six Raider batters. After scoring both its runs in the first inning, Southridge (9-6, 3-2) committed four errors and saw a five-game win streak end.

Hornets 9, Rangers 8: Forest Park maintained an 8-3 advantage heading into the bottom half of the sixth inning, but Hancock County engineered a five-run barrage to tie the game and added the game-winner in the seventh to edge the Rangers in Lewisport, Ky.

Forest Park engaged five different pitchers in the contest, including Alec Hassfurther, who lasted four innings in his first start since Saturday’s perfect game.

Adam Braunecker (2-for-2, three RBIs) and Cody Tempel (2-for-4) each cracked triples for the Rangers (9-9), while  Lance Buechler also collect a pair of RBIs on two hits and Damon Wilmes notched a couple hits as well.

The Rangers will welcome county rival Northeast Dubois at 2 p.m. Saturday in a makeup game.

Miners 5, Jeeps 3: A two-run, seventh-inning rally proved insufficient for Northeast Dubois (7-9), which stumbled at home against Linton.

Northeast Dubois’ Cameron Riecker, Bryce Huebner and Kristopher Weisheit each smacked a double, while Weisheit finished 3-for-3 from the plate.

Huebner allowed the five runs on 10 hits over his six innings on the mound, before Jeep reliever Gage Knies retired the side in order in the seventh.

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