Stingy pitching, pristine ‘D’ equals Wildcat shutout

From Herald Staff Reports

The bats of the Jasper softball team didn’t provide pitcher Olivia Knies with the usual pop in Thursday night’s tilt at Loogootee.

Turns out, it didn’t matter. Knies only needed a small lift.


Knies pitched her first career complete-game shutout, scattering four hits with two strikeouts in the Cats’ 2-0 win over the host Lions. Jessie Gudorf’s RBI single in the top of the sixth drove in Olivia Burger and broke a scoreless tie and Jasper (12-6) added an insurance run in the seventh.

The Cats totaled eight hits and committed just one error in their third straight win.

In other softball:

Jeeps 6, Warriors 3: Emily Lueken finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Northeast Dubois, which exited Bicknell with a Blue Chip Conference triumph over North Knox. The Jeeps (7-7, 3-1) trailed 1-0 after the first inning, but struck for three runs in the second. Kendra Jacob (3-1) allowed six hits over seven innings, Katie Kluesner finished with two hits and two RBIs and Taryn Friedman and Morgan Seng each smacked two hits apiece for Northeast Dubois.

Miners 9, Jeeps 7: Linton gashed Northeast Dubois for seven runs in the fourth inning to erase the Jeeps’ 5-1 lead, and the Miners maintained the advantage the rest of the way in Greene County.

Cameron Riecker blasted a pair of home runs and Jacob Gress poked a triple for the Jeeps (6-8), but Kendall Williams countered with two blasts for the Miners.

Bill Schepers and Gress each tallied two hits and Riecker finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs.

Wildcats 5, Tigers 0: No. 6 Jasper stung host Princeton for its sixth shutout win this season and remained undefeated in Big Eight Conference play.

Emma Yarbrough at No. 3 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Emma Seger and Kendra Seger both scurried to 6-0, 6-1 wins. Maria Lueken was a 6-1, 6-4 winner at No. 1 singles and Anna Flick won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. Brooke Lueken and Elisabeth Ahlbrand finished the sweep with a 6-2, 6-4 No. 1 doubles win for the Cats (10-3, 3-0).

Rangers 5, Braves 0: Forest Park snapped a two-match skid and dropped Pocket Athletic Conference foe Tecumseh in Ferdinand without giving up a set.

Maddison Beckman cruised 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles while Paige Uebelhor authored a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles and Jordan Buechler and Kereston Hochgesang similarly dropped just one game at No. 1 doubles. Amie Weyer (6-3, 6-0) won at No. 1 singles and Kiersten Hasenour and Katie Begle sailed 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles for Forest Park (7-2, 4-2).

Heritage Hills triangular: The host Patriots compiled their second-best team score of the season (152) but 10th-ranked Corydon Central (147) and 14th-rated Floyd Central (149) both countered with four scores in the 30s to clip Heritage Hills at Christmas Lake Golf Course. Patriot senior Preston Van Winkle snatched medalist honors with a 34, while Corey Teaford (35), Alex Gordon (41) and Dakota Deller (42) completed the Patriot scorecard.

Gibson Southern duals: With a sweep of the Titans in Fort Branch, perfect regular seasons for the Jasper boys and girls teams are within reach as both squads finish with next week’s Big Eight Conference meets.

Jasper’s boys dumped the Titans 69-54 behind 10 first-place finishes, including three from Landon Jeffers (long jump, high jump, 110-meter hurdles) and two from Reid Milligan (200 dash, 300 hurdles), while the girls squad captured eight blue ribbons and swept the 200 and both individual distance events in their 77-46 verdict.

Haley Kilian claimed the top spot in the 200 with Wildcat teammates Amanda Ackerman and Hannah Sibrel right behind in second and third, respectively. Tara Cassidy, Noelle Weyer and Rachael Welsh accounted for the Cats’ sweep in the 1,600 and Weyer, Berger and Welsh paved the way in the 3,200 for Jasper. Wanda Bolaños claimed first in the discus for the Cats, while teammate Annie Stout took first in the 400 and high jump and Laura Renner helped the Cats claim both the 3,200 relay and 1,600 relay.

On the boys side, Zach Wood, Elliot Prange and Milligan partnered with Jacob Small to nab first in the 400 relay and with Joe Kemker to win the 1,600 relay for the Cats, while Henry Love (1,600), Cale Kilian (3,200) and Wood (400) each earned top finishes as well.

Southridge duals: The Heritage Hills boys snagged 10 wins in a 79-53 triumph over the Raiders in Huntingburg, where the Raider girls halted a Heritage Hills sweep, sprinting past the Pats 76-51.

For Heritage Hills, Cesar Perez, Anthony Kellems and Kyle Kaetzel executed a pair of 1-2-3 sweeps in both hurdle events while Logan Ayer took the 1,600 and 3,200 and Gabe Konerding secured first-place finishes in the 200 and shot put. Dax Detzer (100), Jeremiah Owens (400) and Aaron Boehm (discus) also earned first-place victories.

The Raider’s Cody Thompson pocketed wins in the high jump and long jump, Henry Steckler snagged the top spot in the pole vault, Jayden Montgomery won the 800 and Southridge secured two relays wins.

Leading the Raider girls were a trio of multi-winners in Kadie Dearing (400 and long jump), Taylor Neukam (300 hurdles and pole vault) and Aubrey Main (100, 200 and high jump). Lauren Meyer topped the 800 field and Sydney Altmeyer seized first in the shot put.

Shyann Smith finished first in the 100 hurdles for the Patriots, while Sienna Crews paired wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 and Claire Dilger took first in discus.

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