Wins come big for both Raiders, unbeaten Pats

From Herald Staff Reports

Every so often, things just seem to click on the diamond.

Thursday, the Southridge and Heritage Hills baseball squads both rode those good vibes to one-sided verdicts.


The Raiders stockpiled 12 hits and dismantled host Evansville Bosse 11-1 on the strength of a two-run home run by senior Logan Sollman, while the Patriots burst past visiting Washington by the same count after leading just 1-0 through three innings.

Jeremiah Mundy, Andrew Recker and Brett Nordhoff each belted a double for the Raiders (1-1), who played error-free ball behind starter Jacob Brewer and relievers Neil Messmer and Payton Mattingly. Meanwhile, Bosse committed seven fielding gaffes.

At Lincoln City, senior Dugan Kippenbrock surrendered just one run on three hits over five innings while striking out nine for Heritage Hills, which plated two runs in the fourth, five in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

Logan Wilkerson and Kippenbrock each drove in a pair of runs while teammate Tyler Ward collected three hits and scored twice for the Patriots (3-0), who committed just one error.


In other baseball:

Wildcats 3, Rangers 2: Ben Wendholt struck out six batters over 42⁄3 innings for Forest Park, which outhit Class 2A No. 10 Evansville Mater Dei 8-2 but surrendered the game-winning run to the host Wildcats in the bottom of the sixth inning with the game knotted at 2. Wendholt and Josh Voegerl each went 2-for-3 for the Rangers (0-1).

Wildcats 5, Red Devils 0: Julia Ariens sailed 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles in her first varsity match for Jasper, while Brooke Lueken and Emma Yarbrough cruised in identical fashion at No. 1 doubles in the Wildcats’ shutout at Jeffersonville.

Maria Lueken rolled 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Anna Flick collected a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 2 to finish the singles sweep, while Elisabeth Ahlbrand and Kendra Seger muscled their way from behind to win 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 to cap the win for the 12th-ranked Cats (2-0).

Rangers 5, Cardinals 0: Maddison Beckman didn’t lose a game at No. 3 singles, Jordan Buechler and Kereston Hochgesang worked swiftly at No. 1 doubles in a 6-0, 6-1 triumph, and Forest Park (1-0) opened the season by gliding past host Washington Catholic. Amie Weyer claimed a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles for the Rangers, while Paige Uebelhor pocketed a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles and the Rangers’ No. 2 doubles duo of Kiersten Hasenour and Sierra Voegerl triumphed 6-4, 6-0.

Jeeps 5, Wolfpack 0: Kendra Schroering, Stefanie Archer and the No. 2 doubles team of Hannah Wehr and Sara Clark all peeled away to 6-0, 6-0 victories to help Northeast Dubois (1-0) dismiss visiting Crawford County in its season opener. Talia Terwiske finished the sweep, fighting back to outlast MaKayla Young 6-7 (7-1), 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

Trojans 5, Patriots 0: Gibson Southern landed all five of its wins in straight sets to subdue Heritage Hills (1-2, 0-1 Pocket Athletic Conference) at Fort Branch.

Southridge triangular: Tyler Gray sizzled to a 33 to collect medalist honors and propel Southridge (163) past Perry Central (219) and Tecumseh (261) at Huntingburg Country Club. Beau Schneider offered a 38 for the Raiders, while Mitch Steinkamp (44) and Drew Dearing (48) helped Southridge’s cause.

Hatchets 166, Rangers 189: Winston Glenn fired a personal-best 39 to capture co-medalist honors but four Washington golfers shot better than the Rangers’ second-best finisher, Matt Miller (47), at Christmas Lake Golf Course.

North Posey triangular: The Southridge girls continued their early-season success by winning their second triangular meet in three days, riding 11 first-place finishes and 77 points to trump North Posey (47) and Princeton (31) at Poseyville. The Raider boys (42) finished second behind Princeton (86) and ahead of North Posey (28).

Aubrey Main led the girls with three individual first-place finishes in the 100-meter dash (12.65), 200 (26.7) and high jump (5 feet, 4 inches) and also ran a leg on the first-place 1,600 relay team with Lauren Meyer, Taylor Neukam and Kadie Dearing. Dearing was also a multi-event winner in the 400 (1:08.03) and long jump (14 feet) and sophomore classmate Sydney Altmeyer nabbed wins in the discus and shot put.

Other Raider winners were Meyer and Casey Lamb in the 1,600 and 3,200, respectively, and the 3,200 relay team of Lamb, Meyer, Altmeyer and Brittany Tretter.

For the boys, three first-place finishes were spread between two athletes, as Chase Bland took the top spots in the 1,600 and 3,200 and Cody Thompson won the high jump.

Paoli duals: Both Northeast Dubois teams cruised to lopsided victories on the road as the boys stomped the Rams 1032⁄3-281⁄3 and the girls swamped Paoli 111-20.

The Jeep boys secured 1-2-3 finishes in five events and swept all three relays. Tyler Haas led the Jeeps with three first-place finishes (high jump, shot put and 400) and Ty Peek prevailed in both hurdles races.

The Northeast Dubois girls took first in every running event, and two Jeeps were double-winners in Latesha Merkel (1,600 and 3,200) and Kateland Bailey (long jump and pole vault).

Heritage Hills triangular: Five event wins couldn’t earn the Patriot girls a victory as Heritage Hills (51) slipped by Wood Memorial (40) but finished second behind Perry Central (75). The Patriot boys (57) similarly fell to the Commodores (95) but pounded Wood Memorial (13).

Haley Goffinett and Sienna Crews both swept their areas of expertise with Goffinet’s two wins in the sprints (100 and 200) and Crews’ victories in the 1,600 and 3,200. Haley Pierson was other Patriot winner with a jump of 7-6 in the pole vault as teammates Malareah Balbach and Aubrey Marrs grabbed second and third, respectively, for a Patriot sweep in the event.

Caleb Sabelhaus (400), Harold Sunderman (discus) and Gabe Konerding (shot put) were the three individual winners for the Patriot boys, who picked up another first-place outing from the 400 relay team of Jacob Pund, Dax Detzer, Ryan Blake and Konerding.

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