Cats roll in five; rallying Rangers prevail in eight

From Herald Staff Reports

Jasper let Wood Memorial enjoy the first cut. Then, the Wildcats dug in.


Michaela Beach swatted a leadoff home run Tuesday at the Jasper High School Softball Complex, but the Wildcats softened the initial blast with four innings of shutout ball and raced to an 11-1 victory in five innings.

Freshman Katelyn Hedinger lashed a pair of doubles — one in the first inning and another in the fourth, when Class 3A No. 9 Jasper (8-5) scored three runs in each frame. The Wildcats ended their night early by tacking on three more tallies in the fifth.

After the leadoff homer, Wildcat pitcher Jasmine Seitz (2-0) yielded just one more hit. Seitz didn’t walk a batter and struck out two, and Keegan Katter entered in the fifth to toss the final frame.

In other softball:

Rangers 9, Spartans 8, eight innings: Forest Park reveled in an evening of firsts at Bretzville: first big rally of the season, first win of the spring for pitcher Jordan Voges, first extra-inning adventure. And, the first winning streak of the season.

The Rangers (3-5) traveled a wild route to their second straight victory, erasing South Knox’s 8-2 lead with five runs in the sixth and a game-extending tally in the seventh before Emily Gutgsell’s two-out single ushered in Amanda Lange with the winning run in the eighth. Kayla Smith’s bases-loaded triple kindled Forest Park’s first rally in the sixth, and Gutgsell also factored into the game-tying sequence in the seventh.


Gutgsell singled, advanced two bases on Adria Giesler’s sacrifice fly and Voges’ single, then scampered home on a passed ball. The next inning, Forest Park’s first two batters were retired before Amanda Lange singled, Ericka Lange was hit by a pitch and Gutgsell delivered the last of her four hits.

Gutgsell knocked in two runs, Amanda Lange and Katelyn Roos each added two hits and an RBI, and Voges and Kayla Brahm each delivered a pair of hits for Forest Park. Voges (1-1) entered in the fifth in relief and blanked the Spartans over the last three innings.

Vikings 6, Jeeps 1: Barr-Reeve pulled away from a 2-1 game over the final four innings, ending Northeast Dubois’ win streak at two games. Kendra Jacob singled twice and drove home the lone run for the Jeeps (2-7, 0-2 Blue Chip Conference); Jacob also pitched and struck out four Vikings.

Knights 11, Rangers 7: Despite a 2-for-4 night from Bryan Hurst and a double off the bat of Cody Tempel, Forest Park couldn’t cling to a lead against Castle in Ferdinand.

The Rangers mustered three runs in the first and third innings, but surrendered four in both the first and sixth and three more in the seventh.

Vikings 6, Jeeps 5: A three-run surge in the seventh inning proved insufficient for Northeast Dubois against Barr-Reeve in Montgomery.

Shane Troutt gathered a pair of hits and a couple RBIs for the Jeeps (6-4), who committed six errors. The Vikings amassed five runs in the first inning. Kristopher Weisheit, who pitched all six innings for Northeast Dubois, roped a double for his squad’s only extra-base hit.

Raiders 4, Cardinals 0: Southridge (4-3) collected its second win in as many days by downing Washington Catholic in Huntingburg.

Taylor Miles and Heather Underhill breezed 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles, while singles players Lynnette Whitsitt, Alexandra Herron and Jocelyn Sermersheim also coasted without dropping a game. Southridge’s Natalie Schneider and Cheyenne Layton were nearing a victory at No. 1 doubles, leading 6-2, 4-1 when their match was suspended because of rain.

Raiders 161, Chargers 202: Beau Schneider and Tyler Gray fired 37 and 38, respectively, as Southridge doused Pike Central at Huntingburg Country Club. Ian Matheis shot a 42, Trey Reese chipped in with a 44, Cleat Winkler added a 47 and Corbin Neu produced a 48  to complete the Raider charge.

Blackhawks 178, Rangers 211: Winston Glenn engineered a team-best 47 in Forest Park’s setback to Springs Valley at Christmas Lake Golf Course in Santa Claus. Justin Sitzman notched a 50 for the Rangers, while Matt Miller added a 53.

Knights 95, Rangers 36: Forest Park cornered success in field events, though Castle flexed its dominance on the track to top the Rangers in a girls-only meet at Ferdinand.
Mackenzie Weyer headed Forest Park’s 1-2-3 sweep in the shot put, with Lydia Schnieders and Rachel Hopf claiming the next two spots. Weyer also prevailed in the discus with a heave of 94 feet, 11 inches with Hopf third in that event also. The Rangers’ Taylor Tretter cleared 8 feet for the top height in the pole vault.

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