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Connersville Middle School opens baseball era with win

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

KNIGHTSTOWN — The Connersville Middle School baseball team waded into competitive waters, and found it to their liking on Monday evening.

The Future Spartans traveled to Knightstown to kick off the start to its baseball program, and returned home with a 14-3 victory.

Seventh-graders Brayden Lykins and Chance Bentley each collected three hits in the game, leading CMS at the plate. Gavin Lynch and Gavin Jones added two hits each to the 11-hit attack.

Both Lykins and Bentley chased home a trio of runners in the game.

Connersville led 2-1 after one inning, and 6-1 after two. In the third, the Spartans scored five more times to take a 12-1 lead into the bottom of the third.

Knightstown scored twice in the bottom of the third, but Connersville answered that with two in the top of the fourth to close out the victory.

Scoring for the Spartans were Lynch (4 runs), Bentley (3), Gavin Person (3), Braxton Myers (1), Lykins (1), Riley Brannon (1) and Gavin Jones (1).

On the mound for CMS, Kaleb Sparks (1 inning), Grant Nickloy (1) and Brannon (2) combined to limit Knightstown to three hits. 

Connersville also showed it could run in the game, collecting six stolen bases, Bentley leading the team with two.

CHS softball earns win over Rushville

RUSHVILLE — Perhaps it was the 17 hits collected by the Connersville High School softball team. Or maybe it was the one hit the Lady Spartans surrendered.

Whatever the recipe, it worked as CHS traveled to Rushville and earned a 17-0 win over it Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference rival on Monday night.

In addition to limiting the Lions to their solitary hit, Connersville hurler Jeri Ellis helped her cause with four hits, including a grand slam home run, to lead the Spartans at the plate.

Kylie Jackson and Ashley Ruble added three hits each, while Allison Woytik and Madison Fields contributed two apiece to carry the Spartans offensively.

Others collecting hits in the game for CHS included Allison Kibbey, Haylee Perry and Chrystyn Siefert (double).

The victory improves the Spartan girls to 3-0 on the season.

Franklin County tennis sweeps EIAC foe Lawrenceburg

BROOKVILLE — The Franklin County High School girls tennis team improved to 2-0 against Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foes, following a 5-0 sweep of Lawrenceburg on Monday night.

On the singles courts, Lili Stewart (6-2, 6-1), Megan Routh (6-3, 6-1) and Lauren Klei (6-2, 7-5) were all winners.

Likewise, the team of Grace Moster and Katarina Sacksteder (6-2, 6-1) were victorious at No. 1 doubles, as was the duo at No. 2, Maggie Brack and Taylor McCreary by a 6-1, 6-2 score.

Lady Wildcat softball edges Lady Tigers

BROOKVILLE — Maggie Wendell singled in the bottom of the fifth, breaking a 3-3 tie, and sending the Franklin County High School softball team to a 4-3 victory over visiting Lawrenceburg on Monday night.

Kamryn McCool got the Lady Wildcats moving on the scoreboard with a first-inning triple. McCool would then go home to make the score 2-0.

Lawrenceburg struck back in the third to tie the game, plating a pair of tallies of its own, before taking a 3-2 lead one inning later.

But in the bottom of the fifth, FC scored once to tie the score, setting up Wendell for her pivotal game-winner.

On the mound, Kendall McCool was credited with the victory, after going the distance. She allowed three runs on nine scattered hits, striking out four and walking one.

Franklin County collected seven hits in the game.

McKenzie Meyer led LHS with three hits in four at-bats in the game.