Rangers return above .500

From Herald Staff Reports

And they’re above .500 once again.

The Forest Park softball team had been three games below break-even early in the season and then catapulted three games above some two weeks later. And with their 8-0 drubbing of Springs Valley on Friday night in French Lick, the Rangers (9-8) once again boast a winning record as they prepare to battle Jasper (12-7) today in Ferdinand.

Jordan Voges went the distance for Forest Park, surrendering just a pair of hits to the Blackhawks.
Meanwhile, Ranger bats stayed busy. Taylor Brames doubled, singled and drove in two runs, while Kayla Smith added a hit and two RBIs, Adria Giesler cracked an RBI double and Amanda Lange and Emily Gutgsell registered two hits apiece. Kayla Brahm also delivered a two-RBI single for Forest Park.

In other softball:

Titans 7, Patriots 2: After remaining tied at 2 with Class 3A No. 7 Heritage Hills (14-5, 4-1 Pocket Athletic Conference) through four innings, fourth-ranked Gibson Southern scored the game’s final five runs in Lincoln City to hand the Patriots their second straight loss — the first time this season they have dropped consecutive games.

Kaitlin Kralj fulfilled a two-pronged role for the Patriots, pitching all seven innings while also going 3-for-4 at the plate, including a solo home run in the opening frame. She finished with a pair of RBIs while Felicia Leibering and Kaylee Zoglman accounted for the only other Patriot hits.

Kralj compiled six strikeouts but also yielded four earned runs as the Pats committed four errors.

Northeast Dubois Relays: Despite a sweep by Perry Central in the boys (134) and girls (132) meets, both Northeast Dubois and Forest Park made the podium in each. The Ranger boys (126) were narrowly edged by the Commodores, while the Jeeps (103) seized third. On the girls side, Northeast Dubois (127) claimed second with Forest Park (110) rounding out the top three.

Forest Park set two meet-record times. Trent Weyer, Travis Schnell, Kyle Lubbehusen and Aaron Schuler scooted to first in the 400-meter relay with a time of 44.42 seconds. Trent and Victor Weyer, Schnell and Schuler teamed to snag the top spot in the 800 relay as well, clocking in at 1:33.16. Schnell and Noah Braunecker combined for the Rangers’ third first-place finish in the discus.

The Jeep boys amassed five first-place finishes, including Tyler Haas and Ty Peek in the high jump (11-6). Northeast Dubois also claimed the top spot in the shuttle hurdle relay, the freshman 400 relay, the shot put and the pole vault.

Following suit, the Jeep girls collected five first-place finishes as well: the 400 relay, 800 relay and 800 medley relay teams, long jump and pole vault.

Forest Park’s girls produced a first-place finish in the discus and shot put, with Mackenzie Weyer and Lydia Schnieders fusing for the top combined shot put distance.

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