Prolific pack of Mehringers powers Cats early

From Herald Staff Reports

At every turn, North Daviess kept getting burned by a Mehringer.

Jessica Mehringer
Molly Mehringer

Jasper’s three Mehringers keyed a 9-2 runaway win for the Class 3A No. 5 Wildcat softball team Tuesday at Elnora, and they got rolling early with Jessica Mehringer poking an RBI single and Molly Mehringer slamming a two-run homer in Jasper’s six-run first inning. Lindsay Mehringer went 4-for-4 at the dish and also caught another complete-game outing from Olivia Knies, who walked eight but struck out 13 while surrendering four hits.

Knies and Lexie Jerger offered RBI singles in Jasper’s first-inning binge, and Molly Mehringer also enjoyed a multihit night for the Wildcats (9-3), who’ve won six straight.

In other softball:
Jeeps 20, Vikings 6, five innings: Offensive highlights overflowed for Northeast Dubois in its pummeling of visiting Barr-Reeve, as Harlee Zehr crushed a grand slam, five Jeeps amassed three hits and Northeast Dubois piled up all 20 of its runs in the first three innings before the Vikings got on the board.


Zehr came a triple short of hitting for the cycle, and Brooklyn Dodd roped three doubles while Camryn Stemle and Taylin Friedman (3-for-3) notched a hit in every at-bat and Mackenzie Zehr (3-for-4) added to the hitting parade in the highest-scoring game this season for the Jeeps (5-4, 1-1 Blue Chip Conference).

Titans 11, Raiders 2: Kendyl McKeough launched a two-run home run in the fourth inning at Gibson Southern to get Southridge on the board, but the Raiders (5-4, 1-2 Pocket Athletic Conference) managed just two other hits against a Titan squad ranked just outside the top 10 in Class 4A.

Spartans 5, Rangers 1: Lanette Blume drove in Macie Zink (2-for-3) with Forest Park’s only run as the Rangers (6-7) dropped a home contest to South Knox.

Trojans 3, Wildcats 2: In a collision between top-10 teams played in the middle at Bloomington, No. 3 Center Grove had the edge on seventh-ranked Jasper as the Wildcats dropped their second match of the season to a team currently ranked in the top five. Jasper (4-3) pulled away in the third sets of both of its victories, as Sarah Monesmith was a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 winner at No. 1 singles and Mallory Ahlbrand rallied 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.

Raiders 5, Cardinals 0: Emily Eckert (6-1, 6-0 at No. 1) and Hailey Michel (6-0, 6-0 at No. 2) rolled to singles wins in short order at Huntingburg, where Southridge (6-0) breezed by Washington Catholic to remain undefeated.

Chargers 183, Raiders 187: Southridge senior Drew Dearing assembled the day’s best round at 39 and Coby Reller chipped in a 44 for the Raiders in their four-stroke setback to Pike Central at Huntingburg Country Club.

Forest Park triangular: Forest Park’s Aaron White (42) was co-medalist and logged the Rangers’ best score for the first time this season to guide the Rangers (174) past Orleans (200) and Springs Valley (201) at Christmas Lake Golf Course.

Northeast Dubois Freshman/Sophomore Invitational: Southridge collected two relay wins plus Jaden Hayes’ first-place toss in the discus to earn third place (67) behind Springs Valley (98) and Pike Central (68) in the boys meet. Northeast Dubois (48) clipped Tell City (47) for fourth place as Nathan Schnell glided to a 23-second win in the 1,600 meters and Logan Dodd soared to first place in the high jump for the Jeeps.

Perry Central triangular: Northeast Dubois (78) trumped Springs Valley (50) and Perry Central (38) in a girls-only meet at Leopold, where Jessica Kahle and Maggie Stephenson each cranked out four wins for the Jeeps.

After Kahle won the 800 and pole vault and Stephenson dashed to top times in both hurdles events and recorded the top leap in high jump, they joined Susanna Fravell and Makena Everman to reign in the 400 relay. Heidi Sander (400) and Shelby Livingston (1,600) also pitched in wins for the Jeeps and merged with Kahle and Maddy Laux for the top time in the 1,600 relay.

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