Familiar pitching pattern drives Jasper’s recovery

From Herald Staff Reports

There’s an early pattern emerging from the Jasper softball team this season, and it seems to be working in the Wildcats’ favor.

Senior pitcher Jasmine Seitz starts it up, and freshman Olivia Knies closes it down.


It was much of the same on Tuesday at Oakland City as the Wildcats — losers of three of their last four — got back on track by doubling up Wood Memorial 12-6.

A five-run inning from the Trojans knotted the game in the third, but the Cats plated six runs in the fourth. Jasper yielded just one run the rest of the game as Seitz (6-3) grabbed the win and Knies pitched three shutout innings in relief.

Jasper (8-4) cranked out nine hits as Paige Werner and Nicolette Eckert each smacked a triple. Werner also cracked a double along with Katie Krempp.

In other softball:

Titans 9, Raiders 1: Southridge couldn’t cling to an early 1-0 lead over Class 3A No. 3 Gibson Southern, which outscored the host Raiders 9-0 the final five innings. Kassidy Mundy led the Raiders (2-4, 1-2 Pocket Athletic Conference) with a 2-for-3 performance, belting a double and driving in the lone Raider run.

Rangers 9, Spartans 2: Payton Begle went a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI and Forest Park belted 15 hits in a runaway win at South Knox. Mariah Morgan (2-for-5), Emily Gutgsell (2-for-4), Ericka Lange (2-for-3) and Katelyn Roos (triple, single, two RBIs) joined Begle with multi-hit games, and the Rangers (5-3) did not commit an error.

Vikings 5, Jeeps 2: Kendra Jacob allowed just four hits and one earned run during a complete-game effort, but Northeast Dubois fell to host Barr-Reeve in its Blue Chip Conference opener.

The Jeeps grabbed their only lead at 2-1 with an RBI single from Taryn Friedman in the fifth, but the Vikings knotted it at 2 in the second half of the inning and poured on three in the sixth to secure the victory. Emily Lueken added a pair of singles for Northeast Dubois (3-3, 0-1).

Wildcats 13, Tigers 2, six innings: Jasper recovered from back-to-back losses by lashing 14 hits in a rout of Big Eight Conference foe Princeton on the road.

Craig Shepherd, Scott Stallwood, Evan Aders and Ben Moore each roped a double for the Cats (8-4, 2-0), who tacked on six runs in the top of the seventh and didn’t commit an error. Jasper’s Austin Alles collected three singles, while Shepherd and Moore (two RBIs) chipped in two singles apiece and Moore pitched a complete game, yielding just three hits.

Knights 12, Rangers 2, five innings: Six Forest Park pitchers couldn’t slow down the Castle bats at Newburgh as the Knights racked up 13 hits in the Rangers’ first five-inning loss this season.

Castle notched three runs in the third and jumped to a 10-0 lead with seven runs in the fourth. Forest Park (2-4) got on the board with two runs in the fifth, but the Knights ended the contest early with two more runs in the bottom half of the frame. Damon Wilmes knocked a double and Josh Voegerl laced a triple for the Rangers.

Vikings 10, Jeeps 4: Northeast Dubois fought back with four runs in the final two innings but Barr-Reeve’s 11 hits and four errors by the Jeeps created a gap too big to overcome in Dubois. The Jeeps (3-4, 0-1 Blue Chip Conference) mustered just five hits while striking out six times.

Patriots 10, Chargers 2: Heritage Hills (7-4, 2-0) pounced on Pike Central for nine runs in the first three innings to seize command of a Pocket Athletic Conference bout in Lincoln City.

Patriot sophomore Kenton Crews singularly out-produced Pike Central with three RBIs and three runs scored. Crews also socked four hits and teammates Tyler Ward (3-for-3), Logan Wilkerson, Corey Ebelhar and Nick Waninger joined him with multi-hit games.

Wildcats 3, Trojans 2: Maria Lueken came back after losing the opening set of her No. 1 singles match and seventh-ranked Jasper sneaked past Center Grove as the squads met in the middle at Bloomington North.

Lueken prevailed 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 while Emma Yarbrough secured a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 3 singles and Emma Seger and Kendra Seger won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles for the Wildcats (8-3).

Raiders 5, Cardinals 0: Taylor Miles and Cheyenne Layton collared a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 1 doubles while Ann McConnell and Hailey Michel cruised 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles to set the pace in Southridge’s sweep against host Washington Catholic. Emily Eckert registered a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles for the Raiders (3-1), while Jocelyn Sermersheim (7-5, 6-1) and Leah Diekhoff (6-4, 6-4) cleaned up at 1 and 2 singles, respectively.

Rangers 5, Wolfpack 0: Maddison Beckman sped to a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at No. 3 singles, and Jordan Buechler and Kereston Hochgesang sailed by the same count at No. 1 doubles as the Rangers (4-0) decked Crawford County in Ferdinand to continue their perfect start.

Raiders 178, Chargers 182: Drew Dearing logged a 45 while Tyler Gray (37) and Beau Schneider (39) aided Southridge’s sneak past Pike Central at Prides Creek Golf Course in Petersburg. Evan Julian and Jocqua Blanchard added a 57 and a 58, respectively, for the Raiders.

Blackhawks 172, Rangers 179: Five Forest Park golfers engineered rounds in the 40s but Springs Valley still clipped the Rangers at Christmas Lake Golf Course in Santa Claus. Drew Weyer paced the Rangers with a 42, while Winston Glenn and Addison Weyer added 45s, Travis Nord offered a 47 and Cole Wendholt posted a 48.

Northeast Dubois Freshman-Sophomore Meet: Quinn Dorsam collected victories in the high jump, 110- and 300-meter hurdles for host Northeast Dubois (69), which outpaced Southridge (50) and Tell City (48). Brandon Bayer collected first-place finishes in the long jump, 100 and 200 for Southridge, while the Jeeps’ Grant Burke (pole vault), Xavier Main (shot put) and Kobi Knies (discus) and the Raiders’ Kru Allen (400) all nabbed blue ribbons.

Knights 98, Rangers 33: Lydia Schnieders continued her strong junior campaign with a first-place finish in the shot put as one of two Forest Park individual winners against Castle in Newburgh.

Schnieders’ toss of 33 feet, 31⁄2 inches led the field, and Taylor Tretter skied to 8 feet, 6 inches for first place in the pole vault. Tori Lange and Madisyn Hunt went second and third, respectively, in the 100-meter dash and were part of a 400 relay team, along with Chloe Dilger and Rachel Hopf that finished .02 seconds behind Castle.

Perry Central triangular: Northeast Dubois swept the relay events and Latesha Merkel added wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 as the Jeeps (77) slid past Perry Central (69) and Springs Valley (7) in Leopold.

Northeast Dubois collected eight individual victories altogether, including Kateland Bailey in the pole vault, Alicia Betz in the 100 hurdles, Brynn Hoffman in the 100, Ashton Knies in the 200, Jessica Kahle in the 400 and Rachel Breitwieser in the 800.

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