Wins keep coming in Southridge’s active stretch

From Herald Staff Reports


Southridge plays its fourth match in four days this afternoon when Heritage Hills comes to town, but at the rate the Raiders have been rolling, wear-and-tear probably isn’t an issue at the end of a busy stretch.

Eckert
Hochgesang
Sherer

The Raider girls tennis team upended Pike Central on the road Wednesday afternoon, notching its third 5-0 win in as many days after sweeeping Tecumseh and Washington Catholic earlier in the week. Southridge (7-0, 3-0 Pocket Athletic Conference) surrendered just seven games in five individual matches, as No. 1 singles player Emily Eckert and the No. 2 doubles combo of freshmen Evie Sherer and Audra Hochgesang were both immaculate in 6-0, 6-0 shutouts.

Leah Diekhoff and Kenzie Lubbehusen were one game away from the same shutout result in their 6-0, 6-1 triumph at No. 1 doubles. Hailey Michel plowed to a 6-3, 6-1 decision at No. 2 singles, and Louisa Nino took the No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-2 against the Chargers, who topped the Raiders 4-1 in last year’s regular season before Southridge won the rematch in the sectional 3-2.

SOFTBALL

Miller

Patriots 8, Marksmen 1: Miranda Miller piled up three hits and two RBIs and scored twice in Heritage Hills’ race past Tell City in Lincoln City. Lauren Caswell bopped her first home run of the season as part of a three-RBI day to further boost the Patriots (6-5, 1-1) to their first Pocket Athletic Conference win.

Emma Eubank (5-4) muted the Marksmen to two hits while striking out four over four innings, and Meagan Kralj finished things in the circle and threw a hitless final three innings. Kayley Bauer and Maddie Fuller tacked on a pair of hits apiece for the Pats.

Pioneers 12, Raiders 0, five innings: Class 3A No. 8 Boonville cracked 18 hits and pulled away in a six-run fifth inning to down Southridge (5-5) in Huntingburg. Boonville hurler Braylyn Burdick limited the Raiders to one hit.

Braves 2, Jeeps 1: Single runs in the first and third innings gave Tecumseh just enough wiggle room in Dubois, where the Class 1A No. 4 Braves clipped Northeast Dubois (5-5) in an intersection of sectional rivals. Clare Mangin fired a complete-game five-hitter for the Jeeps and also went 2-for-3 while driving in Mackenzie Zehr for her team’s lone run. Zehr tallied the only other Jeep hit.

BASEBALL
Cougars 9, Patriots 4: North Harrison’s steady stream of scoring in the early innings foiled host Heritage Hills, as the visiting Cougars scooted to an 8-0 advantage after the first 21⁄2 innings.




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