Steckler’s bat lifts Raiders; Miller arms Pats with win

From Herald Staff Reports

Southridge saw Pike Central’s pair and raised ’em a couple.


After the Chargers plated two runs in their first at-bat Thursday at League Stadium, the Raider baseball team struck for three runs in the bottom of the frame and three more in the third en route to a 7-4 triumph. Harrison Steckler applied the oomph to Southridge’s scoring strikes by singling and doubling and driving in four, and Tucker Schank, Isaac Englert and Ross Eckert tacked on RBIs while Jayce Harter scored twice to back Kade Allen on the mound as the Raider sophomore held Pike Central scoreless over the final three of his five innings on the mound.

In other baseball:
Rebels 12, Rangers 2: Reid Brown knocked a pair of doubles and drove in a run while accounting for both Forest Park hits, but Class 2A No. 2 South Spencer sailed past the host Rangers (4-6, 2-1 Pocket Athletic Conference). Sammy Rowan tossed a complete game and also belted a two-run homer as the Rebels peppered 16 hits off three Ranger pitchers.

Patriots 6, Trojans 1: Heritage Hills senior Casey Miller struck out nine over his five innings of work in Lincoln City, and Patriot teammates Ben Gordon, Simon Scherry, Mitchel Becher and Grahm Turner each notched RBIs to help the Patriots (5-11) dismiss Wood Memorial.

Pioneers 6, Wildcats 2: In an intersection between ranked Big Eight Conference foes at Boonville, Class 3A No. 3 Jasper notched a first-inning run but No. 7 Boonville trumped that with three in the bottom of the frame and two in the second. The loss halted a 10-game conference win streak for Jasper (10-5, 1-1) dating back to the 2015 season. Grace Werner scored both Wildcat runs and Alexa Stenftenagel and Olivia Knies supplied the RBIs.

Chargers 11, Raiders 0, five innings: Megan Buechler roped a double for one of the two hits by Southridge (6-7, 1-3 Pocket Athletic Conference) in its shutout loss in Huntingburg to Pike Central.

Rangers 11, Wolfpack 6: Forest Park’s Taylor Bayer went 2-for-5 and struck out four for the pitching win at Crawford County, where the Rangers (8-9) trailed 4-2 before a pair of four-run outbursts in the fifth and seventh innings. Also for the Rangers, freshmen Macie Zink and Kylie Giesler supplied three hits each, Lanette Blume was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Lauren Roos drove in two and Hana Franchville also offered an RBI.

Trojans 3, Jeeps 1: Northeast Dubois outhit Wood Memorial 8-6 in Oakland City, but Wood Memorial was error-free and pushed ahead single runs in the fifth and sixth to slip by the Jeeps (6-7, 1-3 Blue Chip Conference), who committed three errors.
Wildcats 5, Hatchets 0: Jasper dismissed Washington in a hurry at the Ed Yarbrough Tennis Complex, thanks to 6-0, 6-0 sweeps by Caroline Theil and Jillian Seger (No. 2 doubles) and Suchi Bandaru (No. 2 singles). Sarah Monesmith and Mallory Ahlbrand lost just one game apiece in their singles wins for the Wildcats (6-3, 3-0 Big Eight Conference).

Raiders 5, Marksmen 0: Southridge came a game away from shutouts in its two most dominant wins against host Tell City, as Evie Sherer and Audra Hochgesang rolled 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles and Louisa Nino picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles. The only close set of the day was at No. 1 doubles, where Leah Diekhoff and Kenzie Lubbehusen finished a 6-1, 6-4 triumph for the Raiders (10-0, 5-0 Pocket Athletic Conference).

Lions 3, Rangers 2: Loogootee captured a three-set win at No. 2 doubles to slide past Forest Park in Ferdinand, where the Rangers (5-4) picked up a 6-1, 6-3 victory from Paige Uebelhor at No. 1 singles and Hailey Thayer scrapped back for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles.

Jeeps 5, Cardinals 0: Northeast Dubois’ venture to Washington Catholic didn’t last long, as the Jeeps dropped just five games in four contested matches and collected one win via forfeit against the Cardinals’ five-girl team. Paige Knies steamed through a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 3 singles and Taylor Dodd was nearly spotless in her 6-0, 6-1 verdict at No. 2 singles for the Jeeps (6-1, 4-0 Blue Chip Conference).

Patriots 5, Warriors 0: Kate Kaetzel, Kyla Dilger and Carly Sabelhaus combined for a singles sweep while combining to surrender just seven games for Heritage Hills (3-4) in its wipeout of Evansville Harrison in Lincoln City.

Rangers 160, Chargers 179: With Evan Weyer medaling with a 37 and Bryce Brosmer delivering a 39, Forest Park fired its best team score of the season by seven strokes and stopped Pike Central at Prides Creek Golf Course. Zach Wendholt (41) and Aaron White (43) also pitched in for the Rangers.

Patriots 161, Pioneers 188: All five Heritage Hills golfers checked in with better scores than anyone from Boonville at Christmas Lake Golf Course, where Alex Gordon carded a low round of 37 and Josh Nelson and Carter Cox (41) and Creek Talbott and Rylan Cox (43) added matching scores for the Pats.

Knights 69, Wildcats 63: Castle interrupted the undefeated start of the Jasper girls despite a three-win day from Zoe Biggs as the Wildcat sophomore cranked out three wins in the 100 and 200 meters and with the 400 relay team.

Perry Central triangular: Stone Wright ran a leg on each of Northeast Dubois’ three winning relay teams as the Jeeps boys competed at Leopold. Full scores were not available, but the Jeeps netted 66 points for first place ahead of Springs Valley and Perry Central.

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