Pierce’s ace only the start of Cats’ sizzling day

From Herald Staff Reports

Maybe there was something contagious about Carson Pierce’s touch.


Not only did the Jasper senior fire a hole-in-one Thursday at Sultan’s Run Golf Club, but Pierce sizzled with a 5-under par 31 and the rest of his teammates joined in to help the Wildcats record their best nine-hole score of the season. With a 145 and five golfers shooting in the 30s, Jasper eased past Heritage Hills (171) and South Knox (189).

Pierce’s ace came on the 194-yard Hole No. 2 and was the second hole-in-one by a Wildcat golfer this spring after Evan Wolfe landed one in Jasper’s second match April 4. Pierce’s hole-in-one also spurred him to his best score this spring, two strokes better than the 33 he recorded at Lucas Oil Golf Course last month when the Cats also fired their prior team-best of 146. They one-upped that score Thursday with Matt Lottes carding a 37, Jack Bies shooting a 38, Wolfe and Luke Lehane chipping in 39s and Bryan Hagan tallying 41.

Alex Gordon’s 39 paced Heritage Hills, while Dakota Deller (41) and Rylan Cox (44) added the top supporting scores for the Patriots.

In other boys golf:

Trojans 170, Raiders 175: Coby Reller’s round of 40 helped Southridge (175) tally its best nine-hole round this spring, but Wood Memorial (170) still slipped past the Raiders at Oakland City Golf Course. Drew Dearing (42), Brayden Wibbeler (44) and Owen Kinker (49) provided the top Raider backup.



Patriots 3, Pioneers 2: Kyla Dilger went the distance, and then some, to nudge Heritage Hills into the sectional championship at Boonville as Dilger’s three-set marathon provided the difference in a semifinal escape of the host Pioneers.

In a No. 2 singles match that lasted 3 1⁄2 hours, Dilger outlasted Boonville’s Kelsi Klein 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to finally complete a Patriot singles sweep after Kate Kaetzel (6-1, 6-1 at No. 1) and Carly Sabelhaus (7-5, 6-2 at No. 3) secured earlier wins for the Patriots. Heritage Hills (10-5) shoots for the title in today’s final against 20-time defending sectional champ Castle.


Wildcats 12, Cardinals 0, five innings: Class 3A No. 2 Jasper (22-4) played new guys in new places within a five-inning wipeout of Bloomfield at Ruxer Field — including senior student manager Kenny Korthaus, who got to play in the game and reached base via an error. Adam Hedinger totaled three RBIs, while Evan Aders and Noah Weidenbenner both smacked doubles in Jasper’s seven-run second inning.

Pioneers 13, Raiders 12: Boonville had the last word in a wild night at Herman Sollman Field in Warrick County, where the Raiders grabbed leads of 7-2 and 12-8 before the Pioneers rallied for a walk-off win with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Nolan O’Brien stacked up four hits and scored three times, Max Sermersheim totaled three RBIs and Isaac Englert pitched in two hits and two RBIs for Southridge (7-12).

Jeeps 15, Warriors 5, six innings: An early 5-1 deficit in the second inning gave way to a dominant finish for Northeast Dubois, which secured its first Blue Chip Conference title since 2007 by routing North Knox in Dubois.

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The Jeeps (14-6, 6-1) finished things with an eight-run sixth inning, and Case Eisenhut (2-for-4) fueled the cause with four RBIs and three runs scored. Reece Bauer delivered three RBIs and Owen Fuhrman and Ethan Ziegler each added two more in the Jeeps’ eighth win in their last nine games.

Patriots 5, Tigers 4, eight innings: Heritage Hills’ cat-and-mouse game at Princeton ended in the eighth inning, when the Patriots (10-13) scratched out a run to finish the win after the Pats took a 4-3 edge in the top of the seventh and the Tigers answered to send the game to extra innings.

Simon Scherry (3-for-4, RBI, two runs) boosted the Patriot offense while Mitchel Becher doubled and singled and drove in a run, and teammates Austin Schnuck, Spencer Buse and Lukus Rickelman added RBIs as well.


Wildcats 6, Lions 0: Jasper’s home shutout of Loogootee was full of Grace and fueled by Olivia Knies’ dominance in the pitcher’s circle, as Grace Werner and Grace Colvin each tallied a pair of hits and Werner stole three bases to help the Class 3A No. 6 Wildcats (15-7) keep command over the Class 1A No. 4 Lions. Werner scored on Lindsay Mehringer’s bunt for Jasper’s first run, and Colvin later added an RBI hit to back the shutout pitching of Knies (13-6) as the Wildcat senior struck out 13 in whirling a two-hitter.

Tigers 4, Rangers 2: Taylor Bayer had a no-hitter through five innings and struck out eight, but Princeton broke up the shutout in the sixth and seventh to slip past Forest Park in Bretzville. Lauren Roos lifted a sacrifice fly to score a run for the Rangers (9-17) and Macie Zink was 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases and a run scored.

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