Going big: Raiders score 17, Cats tally two dozen

From Herald Staff Reports

With both Jasper and Southridge taking to the road Wednesday, it’s safe to say neither team forgot to pack its bats.


A combined 41 runs. Thirty-two hits. Two utterly lopsided victories.

After escaping Tuesday with a two-run win against Bloomington South, the Wildcats pummeled Big Eight Conference foe Mount Carmel 24-0 in five innings across the state line. Jasper starting pitcher Spencer Otto delivered three innings of work to record his second win in as many tries, and Ben Moore closed out the final two innings in relief.

Nick Gobert laced a double — the Wildcats’ only extra-base — and a single while Mark Giesler and Austin Alles each collected a pair of singles for the Wildcats (4-0), who notched 15 hits while accepting 13 walks. They notched four runs in each of the first two innings and three in the third before a monstrous 13-run fourth.

The Raiders, meanwhile, erupted at the plate as well en route to a 17-1 shellacking of Wood Memorial in Oakland City. Southridge (2-1) hammered out a six-run third inning and seven-run sixth to end things an inning early.

Connor Craig went 4-for-5, including a double, scored three times and drove in four runs. Dillion Ramsey (2-for-2) scored three runs, gathered three RBIs and smacked a double and a triple, and Luke Stetter (2-for-3) cracked a three-bagger as well. Ben Weber also had three RBIs and a double.


Along with going 3-for-4 at the dish with three RBIs and a pair of runs, Cody Moesner earned the win after allowing one run on one hit over three innings while striking out three. Neil Messmer and Craig teamed to close out the final three innings, and Messmer struck out two batters in his two frames.

Patriots 3, Hatchets 1: A day after falling to Jasper, Class 3A No. 9 Heritage Hills rebounded behind six innings from starting pitcher Kaitlin Kralj to down Washington in Lincoln City. Kralj allowed one run in the first inning before blanking the Hatchets the next five frames while striking out five. Cadie DellaMorta relieved Kralj in the seventh and fanned two to finish the victory.
Hayli Scott went 2-for-2, Abby Fischer went 2-for-3 and DellaMorta netted two RBIs as well for the Patriots (2-1).

Raiders 5, Rebels 0: Paced by Lynnette Whitsitt’s 6-3, 6-0 romp at No. 1 singles, Alexandra Herron’s 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 2 singles and a sweep at doubles, Southridge handled Pocket Athletic Conference opponent South Spencer with ease in its season opener at Huntingburg.

Natalie Schneider paired with Cheyenne Layton for a 6-2, 6-4 victory as No. 1 doubles while Jocelyn Sermersheim and Taylor Miles (6-3, 6-1) collected the No. 2 doubles point. At No. 3 singles, Southridge’s Madeline Neu was extended to three sets but battled for a 6-2, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4 triumph.

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