Pats, Jeeps sweep openers; Cats subdue RebelsMay 18, 2017
From Herald Staff Reports
When you’ve waited four years to reach the sectional championship again, what’s a few more hours?
The Northeast Dubois girls tennis team endured a start-and-stop path to advancing in the Loogootee tennis sectional, finally closing a 5-0 sweep of the host Lions in Wednesday’s semifinal that was delayed three times by lightning. The Jeeps (12-1) nicked the Lions (12-5) by a 3-2 count in the regular season, but this time, Megan Lueken and Savannah Stafford romped to a 6-1, 6-3 No. 1 doubles win after losing in three sets to the same Loogootee pair in the regular season. Jeep No. 2 singles player Taylor Dodd faced a different foe in the sectional rematch but likewise avenged a three-set regular-season setback by pulling away 6-4, 6-1.
Chloe Terwiske (6-2, 6-4 at No. 1) and Paige Knies (6-3, 6-1 at No. 3) tacked on straight-set singles wins, and Olivia Schroering and Delaney Rasche ended the sweep by prevailing 7-5, 6-7 (7-4), (10-4) in a shortened third set at No. 2 doubles to send Northeast Dubois into today’s championship at 5 p.m. against Barr-Reeve. The Jeeps, gunning for the program’s eighth sectional championship, edged the Vikings 3-2 in the regular season.
Heritage Hills also trucked through its first sectional test Wednesday, sweeping Tell City 5-0 in the first round at Boonville; the Patriots (9-5) meet the host Pioneers in today’s semifinals. The Pats were straight-set winners in all five matches, with No. 1 singles player Kate Kaetzel and No. 2 doubles pair Mallory Tempel and Sydney Hoffman the most dominant as they earned 6-1, 6-0 wins.
Wildcats 7, Rebels 2: Evan Aders launched Jasper off and rolling at Rockport in a skirmish between top-five squads, as Aders’ third home run in the last two days allowed the Class 3A No. 2 Wildcats to seize control from the get-go against Class 2A No. 3 South Spencer at Joe Hargis Field.
After Austin Simmers and Jared Sermersheim singled to lead off the game, Aders lashed his ninth homer of the season, and the senior followed his three-run blast by doubling in Simmers and Sermersheim for Jasper’s final two runs in the seventh. In between, Jacob Lents led off the fourth with a double, and Simmers (three total hits) and Justin Persohn knocked RBI singles.
The Cats maintained control thanks to Reece Kleinhelter’s fourth complete game of the season. Kleinhelter (5-2) held South Spencer to six hits as the Wildcats (21-4) and Rebels (20-5) both played error-free defense.
Eagles 9, Raiders 7, nine innings: Southridge passed up Lanesville with a six-run fifth inning, but last year’s Class 1A state runner-up Eagles notched a tying run in the top of the seventh and surged in the ninth to clip the Raiders (7-11) at League Stadium.
Justin Lammers scored twice, ripped a double and drove in a run for Southridge, which maximized its six hits against Lanesville. Harrison Steckler recorded a pair of singles and was one of five Raiders to post an RBI along with Tucker Schank, Ross Eckert and Logan Seger.
Rangers 6, Marksmen 4: Forest Park scooted to a 5-0 lead in the third inning at Tell City and made the early cushion stand as Elliott Rothgerber (2-for-4) had his third straight multihit game and Trever Zink blasted a two-run home run in the first inning to help the Rangers (10-9, 5-2 Pocket Athletic Conference) climb above .500.
Aaron Hurst posted two RBIs for Forest Park, which relied on the tag-team pitching of Rothgerber and Zach Wahl for the first two innings before Daniel Lusk entered in the third and tossed the game’s remainder to earn his first win of the season.
Jeeps 4, Lions 3: Northeast Dubois assured itself of at least a piece of the Blue Chip Conference title after fending off visiting Loogootee. The Jeeps (13-6, 5-1) can clinch the league title outright with a win tonight at home against North Knox, but they’re guaranteed at least a share of the conference crown for the first time since 2007.
They achieved it with a little bit of flair, as Brandon Merkel’s steal of home in the fourth inning accounted for the final Jeep run. The Lions crept within 4-3 in the fifth, but Peyton Hurt surrendered just one hit over the final three innings to earn the save in relief of starter Case Eisenhut (4-2).
Sidney Schott (3-for-3) and Parker Zehr (2-for-4) accounted for five of the six Jeep hits, with Merkel and Griffen Bauer supplying RBIs.
Spartans 11, Raiders 5: Kendyl McKeough socked a pair of doubles for Southridge, but South Knox never trailed in its win over the Raiders (8-13) in Huntingburg.
Patriots 11, Braves 9: A night of heavy scoring mostly subsided in the latter innings, but Heritage Hills cornered a 10-9 lead after four innings and added one run in the top of the seventh to finish off Class 1A No. 5 Tecumseh.
Ten Patriots notched hits in a dozen-hit showing, with Kayley Bauer and Ali Wade offering two apiece in addition to offering a pair of RBIs each. Meagan Kralj also delivered two RBIs, while Emma Eubank kept busy for the Pats (11-13, 4-3 Pocket Athletic Conference) by driving home a run, scoring three times and hurling 52⁄3 innings for the pitching victory.
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