Giesler, Cats hammer Huskies

From Herald Staff Reports

With two games on tap today, Jasper’s baseball team didn’t linger long at Ruxer Field on Friday night.

The Wildcats pelted Evansville North 13-3 in five innings in their first game of the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame Classic, and Dane Giesler fueled the rout with a pair of two-run home runs in his final at-bats. Giesler sent the Class 3A No. 1 Wildcats home early by smashing his second two-run bomb in the fifth, when Jasper posted five runs as Nick Gobert, Karson Nixon and Spencer Otto all doubled to precede Giesler’s final blast.

Caleb Begle added two hits for Jasper, as did Gobert, who shut out the Huskies (14-6) until the fifth inning. Gobert ran his record to 7-0.

The Wildcats will conclude play in the tournament today against a pair of Class 4A foes. Jasper faces New Haven at 10 this morning and battles Evansville Harrison at 4:45 this afternoon.

In other baseball:

Rangers 8, Panthers 2: Forest Park started its two-day tour of Kentucky with a win, as the Rangers pounced for five runs in the second inning to overtake Daviess County in Owensboro.

The Panthers posted two runs in the first two innings but didn’t score again as Forest Park sophomore Jared Wilgus (3-3) went the distance and won his second game in four days. Wilgus also finished 2-for-3 at the plate, while Adam Braunecker matched him with two hits and Alec Hassfurther went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
The Rangers (13-7) play at McLean County this morning and will stay at that site this afternoon for a matchup against Trigg County.

Raiders 3, Vikings 2:
Southridge squeaked out the rematch against Barr-Reeve as Kendyl Dearing tossed a four-hitter and went 2-for-4 with a single and double to steer the Raiders to a one-run win at Montgomery. Barr-Reeve edged the Raiders 7-5 in early April, but Friday, Amy Ingle drove home two of Southridge’s three runs, including the go-ahead score in the sixth when she lifted a sacrifice fly to score Kabrea Robling, who reached on a double.

Megan Stapleton added two hits for the Raiders (10-12), who will play in today’s Evansville Central Invitational.

Rangers 8, Tigers 2: Forest Park bookended Evansville Memorial’s runs, with the Rangers scooting to a 3-0 lead, then scoring the final five runs over the last two innings to pull away in the opening day of the Evansville Central Invtiational.

The Rangers commmitted just one error behind winning pitcher Allison Hoffman (10-9), and Amanda Lange posted two hits and two RBIs while Kayla Smith singled and doubled for the Rangers (13-11). Kylie Blesssinger added a hit and an RBI for the Rangers, who feasted on seven Memorial errors.

Rams 4, Rangers 1:
Paoli exited Ferdinand with a win as Forest Park (10-3) played without No. 1 singles player Sami Hopf, who sat out to rest an inury. Amie Weyer secured the Rangers’ win, downing Jaclyn Thomas 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.

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