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Rossville wins thriller over McCutcheon

Rossville got two runs in the top of the sixth inning and held on for a 6-5 baseball win over host McCutcheon on Wednesday , with Payton Dennison hitting a homer to lead off the fifth and scoring the winning run on a Corbin Beard double.

McCutcheon scored in each of the first five innings, leading 2-0 before the Hornets scored three in the third. The Mavericks retook the lead with two in the third and made it 5-3 in the fourth before Rossville tied it in the top of the fifth only to see McCutcheon retake the lead, 6-5, in the bottom half of the inning.

In the top of the sixth, Reid Douglas bunted to lead off and reached on an error, stealing second with one out. He moved to third on an Evan Price ground out to the third baseman before Dennison brought him home with a double to left. Beard then brought Dennison home with his own double to left on a 3-2 count.

After loading the bases in the sixth, winning pitcher Kirby Meeks got out of the inning with a double play with third baseman Mark Soiseth getting the force out at home with the batter thrown out at first and a groundout to Soiseth.

With two on in the seventh, Evan Price relieved and got a strikeout. After an error loaded the bases, he got the next two batters to pop out to Beard, the catcher, in foul territory and strike out on four pitches to preserve the win.

Dennison went 2-3 with two RBIs and three runs and Beard went 3-4 with two RBIs and a run. Dawson Jacoby also had two hits for the Hornets, with Soiseth, Kelton Saylor, Meeks and Douglas also having hits.

Soiseth had two RBIs, with Saylor knocking in one. Price, Douglas and Devin Miller scored the Hornets other runs.

Dennison started on the mound going 3 2/3 innings and giving up five runs on six hits with three strikeouts and five walks. Meeks pitched 2 1/3 giving up one run on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk, with Price pitching an inning with the two strikeouts.

Rossville improved to 15-4 with the win and next plays at Noblesville starting at 6 p.m. Monday.

Softball

Bulldogs hammer Tri-Central 19-2

Clinton Central scored seven runs in the first and 10 in the fourth for a 19-2 conference softball win on Wednesday over visiting Tri-Central that ended in five innings under the mercy rule.

Ella Buzan led the Bulldogs going 3-5 with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs, while Cassidi Jenkins went 2-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run and Kaylea Whitcomb was 1-2 with four RBIs and two runs.

Kallie Mennen went 2-3 with an RBI and four runs scored, while Baleigh Arnold was 1-3 with two runs and an RBI.

Kendall Davison, Macy Ostler, Allison Robbins and Jasmine Gomez each scored two runs, with Davison and Robbins adding RBIs.

Haley Perkins got the complete-game win pitching five innings and giving up two unearned runs on four hits with nine strikeouts.

The win improved the Bulldogs record to 7-9 finishing their Hoosier Heartland Conference slate at 4-4. Central next plays a doubleheader at Tri-County starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Prairie falls to McCutcheon in five

Clinton Prairie lost 14-2 to host McCutcheon in softball on Wednesday, with the Mavericks breaking open a close game late and ending the game in five-innings with eight runs in the fifth.

The Gophers tied the game with their first two runs in the top of the fourth after McCutcheon went up 2-0 in the third. The Mavericks added four in the fourth before their big fifth inning.

Joie Fullerton had a two RBI double in the fourth for Prairie with Layne Snyder and Katelyn Ramsey getting the Gophers' other hits. Hadley Wilson and Maya Rominger scored Prairie's runs.

Maddie Cornell took the loss giving up 14 runs on 13 hits with a strikeout. The Gopher defense didn't help her cause with six errors, as only two of Cornell's runs were earned. Prairie No. 1 pitcher Rebekah Stephens has yet to return due to possible concussion issues.

The Gophers (12-9) were to play Taylor on Thursday with their next game at Carroll on Monday at 5 p.m.

Red Devils outslug Hornets

Rossville lost 20-4 to host West Lafayette in softball on Wednesday, a day after outslugging Carroll, 25-24, at home for their second win of the season.

Rossville led the Red Devils on Wednesday, 3-1, after the top of the second, but West Lafayette scored three in their half of the inning, four in the third and 11 in the fourth on their way to victory.

Emma Lawson, Emma Baumgardt and Stormi Borders led the Hornets at the plate with two hits each, with each notching a run. Michelle Rodkey, like Baumgardt, had a double, with Cammi Fadness and Ashley Emens getting Rossville's other hits. Rodkey scored the Hornets' other run, while she, Reagan Younker and Emens each had an RBI.

Emma Lawson took the loss pitching three innings and giving up 12 runs (eight earned) on 10 hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Ashley Emens finished the game pitching an inning and giving up seven runs (none earned) on six hits with a walk.

The loss dropped Rossville to 2-15 on the season.

On Tuesday, the Hornets beat visiting Carroll, 25-24, in nine innings for a conference win.

Lawson went 5-7 with five RBIs and three runs in the marathon, while Emens went 4-7 with two RBIs and four runs. Baumgardt also had five RBIs going 2-6 with a run and Alex Shaefer was 3-6 with four RBIs and three runs.

Regan Younker was 3-5 with two runs, while Rodkey, Lindsay Roberts and Mikayla Lynch also had hits. Lynch ended the game when the Cougars' left fielder made an error with two outs to bring Emens home with the winning run.

Carroll led 9-0 after the top of the second, with the Hornets scoring four in the bottom half and adding seven in the third to make it 11-10. Rossville led 18-14 after five before Carroll exploded for eight runs in the sixth and two in the seventh for a 24-18. The Hornets scored six in the seventh, with Borders scoring on a passed ball with two outs to send the game into extra innings.

Lawson got the win ptiching four innings in relief of Emens. The win improved the Hornets' record in the Hoosier Heartland Conference to 2-4. Their next game is at home tonight against Eastern at 5:30 p.m.

Boys golf

Frankfort takes 2nd in tri-match

Frankfort finished second behind Lafayette Central Catholic and ahead of host North Montgomery at the Rocky Ridge golf course in Darlington on Wednesday, with Sascha Pirch shooting the low round for the Hot Dogs at 41.

“The excessive rain over the past few days made for a very thick rough and a few lost,” Frankfort head coach Mike Kelley said, noting the second-place finish and play by his team wasn't bad “given the conditions and the lack of practice time.”

Catholic won with a 161, with Frankfort (183) and North Montgomery (190) following. Other Hot Dogs posting varsity scores were Reece Mitchell (45), Dakota Bailey (47) and Ramsey Mitchell (50). Sean Buckley and Wes Dulin tied for medalist honors with 39s.

Frankfort plays today at Harrison starting at 4:30 p.m. and in the Crawfordsville Invitational on Saturday at 8 a.m.

Gophers golfers top Taylor, Delphi

Clinton Prairie beat conference foes Taylor and Delphi at Deer Track golf course on Monday, with the Gophers shooting a 209 and Delphi (216) and Taylor (251) finishing out the scoring.

Prairie's Grant McGraw took medalist honors with a 44. Wes Whitlock (51), Evan Huelskamp (55) and Blake Richardson (59) completed the team score, with freshman Brennen Butler shooting a 62 which was not included in the final tally.

On Saturday, Clinton Prairie finished 10th of 13 teams at Saturday's Convington golf invitational.

Brebeuf won the event shooting a 326 over 18 holes, with North Montgomery (356), Seeger (361), Parke Heritage (367) and South Vermillion (375) finishing in the top five.

Prairie shot a 404, with McGraw leading the Gophers with a personal-best 84 for 18 holes. Whitlock also had a personal best with a 94, with Huelskamp (112) and Reid Justus (114) completing the team score. Richardson had a personal-best 121, which was not included in the team score.

Attica, Benton Central, Bethesda Christian and Covington finished above the Gophers, while McCutcheon, North Vermillion and Crawfordsville finished behind.

The Gophers next host the Hoosier Heartland Conference meet at Deer Track starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Track and field

Frankfort wins own relays

Frankfort won its own Frankfort Relays on Monday, celebrating senior night in the process as they prepared for tonight's Sagamore Conference Championship at Danville.

Frankfort carried the day with 100 points, with Delphi (82), Tipton (70) and Taylor (54) finishing out the standings.

Winning teams for the Hot Dogs included Ella Myers, Marisol Cervantes Zamora, Zeke VanDeventer and Tyler Gooden in the shot put; Andric Mullinax, Kyle Earl, Kenya Garcia and Myers in the discus; Evan Jordan, Alysha Ramey, Matthew Haynes and Lizbeth Barriga in the high jump; Blazia Sallee, Carina Alanis, Josue Bautista Ventura and Hugo Hernandez in the 4x1600; Christina Espidio, Ingrid Guijosa Valdes, Yobani Trenado Alanis and Kevin Wilkins in the 4x800; and Ramey, Nallely Alanis, Jacob Craig and Michael Hernandez Cuatecatl in the 4x400.

Tonight's conference meet starts at 5:30 p.m.

Clinton Prairie girls win, boys lose against Carroll

The Clinton Prairie girls topped Carroll 86-48 while the boys fell 79-52 in track and field on Monday.

For the girls, Sarah Schoonveld won the discus, while Alyssa Lukasik won the high jump at 5 feet, six inches. Other Gopher girl winners included Tynlie Neal in the pole vault; Rebekah Lloyd in the 100 and 300 hurdles, Adri Isaacs in the 100-meter dash, Melody Tolley in the 800 and 1,600 runs; Nicole Burke in the 400 dash and Kylee Maish in the 200 dash.

The Gopher girls also took the 4x800, 4x400 and 4x100 relays.

For the boys, Coltyn Vandegriff won the discus and shot put, Drew Duarte the 100 and 200 dashes, and Logan Barrett the 300 hurdles. The boys also won the 4x800 relay.