Cats start busy week right; Pats pick off No. 4 Knights

From Herald Staff Reports


On the first leg of a week with six games, Jasper’s baseball team picked up the best gift of all: an uncomplicated win that arrived in a hurry.

Knust

The Class 3A No. 2 Wildcats ditched Gibson Southern 10-0 on Monday at Ruxer Field, following up their eight-run second inning with a pair of runs in the fifth to end the contest via the run rule. The Cats rapped eight hits in their second-inning scoring rush, as Trevor Krapf and Jacob Lents both knocked doubles, Austin Simmers furnished a two-run single and Eric Nordhoff and Tanner Egbert delivered RBI hits. Simmers finished with three hits and Jasper — which was overtaken by Crawfordsville this week for the top ranking in 3A — was error-free behind three pitchers. The Cats (15-3) shut out their sixth foe this spring as Connor O’Brien (2-0) worked the first three innings and Nordhoff and Egbert each handled an inning of relief.

In other prep baseball:
Rangers 11, Lions 3: Gavin Knust bunched a pair of highlights into Forest Park’s rout of Loogootee at Les Page Field, as the Ranger freshman picked up his first career pitching win and ripped his first varsity home run as well.

Knust held Loogootee scoreless for the first five innings and socked a solo homer in the fourth inning when the Rangers bolted ahead 8-0. Evan Dilger headed Forest Park’s 16-hit effort with three RBIs in his 3-for-5 evening, while Daniel Lusk, Reid Brown, Trever Zink and Aaron Hurst also connected for two hits apiece for the Rangers (6-7).

SOFTBALL
Patriots 6, Knights 4: Heritage Hills jumped Class 4A No. 4 Castle for five runs in the bottom of the first inning at Lincoln City, where the Patriots (9-9) dealt a 15-win Knight squad just its fourth loss of the season behind Maddie Fuller’s bat and Emma Eubank’s arm.

Eubank

Fuller crunched a solo home run for her third longball of the season, and she also singled and scored as Eubank, Lauren Caswell and Mariah Zoglman provided the other Patriots RBIs. Neither the Patriots nor the Knights scored beyond the second inning, and Eubank held Castle at bay by pitching five scoreless innings to finish the night.

Titans 6, Wildcats 1: In a collision of ranked squads at Fort Branch, Class 3A No. 4 Jasper outhit Gibson Southern 6-5, but the Class 4A No. 7 Titans struck for three runs in the first inning and gradually added to its cushion the rest of the way. Lindsay Mehringer delivered a two-out RBI single to briefly nudge Jasper (11-6) ahead 1-0 in the first inning. Wildcat pitcher Olivia Knies went the distance with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Miners 1, Jeeps 0: Brooklyn Dodd, Carly Terwiske, Elizabeth Kunz, Camryn Stemle and Kyndal Green accounted for Northeast Dubois’ five hits at Linton, but the Jeeps (7-8) couldn’t muster any runs despite outhitting the Miners 5-4.

BOYS GOLF
Wildcats 159, Hatchets 198: With medalist Carson Pierce (38), Bryan Hagan (39) and Jack Bies (40) firing scores in succession and Evan Wolfe kicking in a 42, Jasper eased past Washington at Buffalo Trace Golf Course.

GIRLS TENNIS
Raiders 5, Wolfpack 0: Leah Diekhoff and Kenzie Lubbehusen stormed through a 6-0, 6-0 shutout, Emily Eckert and Louisa Nino both orchestrated 6-1, 6-0 victories, and Olivia Mundy and Katlyn Brewer rallied 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles to finish Southridge’s home sweep of Crawford County. The Raiders (13-0) are two wins away from an undefeated regular season, with Forest Park and defending conference champion Gibson Southern still to play.

Titans 5, Rangers 0: Forest Park pushed 19th-ranked Gibson Southern at the top two singles slots, where Paige Uebelhor (1-6, 6-2, 6-1) and Emmy Miller (6-4, 7-5) played the closest matches for the Rangers (6-6, 4-3 Pocket Athletic Conference) in their setback at Fort Branch.

Patriots 3, Pioneers 2: Kate Kaetzel, Kyla Dilger and Carly Sabelhaus executed straight-set wins and the sweep of those singles matches did the job for Heritage Hills (6-5) in its road win at Boonville.

BOYS TRACK
Patriots 102, Braves 29: Nick Maddox’s double-win day in the shot put and discus headed a well-balanced win for Heritage Hills in a boys-only meet at Lincoln City.

The Pats picked up a relay sweep on the track plus victories from Caleb Keller (100 meters), Adam Fakes (200), Slade Hoffman (400) Landen Minto (3,200), Mason Ayer (110 hurdles) and Zane Schaad (300 hurdles), while Patriot field-event wins also rolled in from Kamden Buechler in the high jump and Gavin Vaal in the pole vault.




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