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Connersville reserve baseball splits quartet of games

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

The Connersville High School junior varsity baseball team defeated Richmond by a score of 17-11, Tuesday evening at Spartan Field, lifting its record to 2-2 over its last four games.

Landon Cerqua led CHS against the Red Devils, going 5-for-5 at the plate, smacking two doubles, while finishing with three RBI and three runs. Peyton Rowland was close behind, collecting four hits, two them doubles. He also drove in three runs, and scored an amazing five times in the game.

Hunter Fasbinder added three hits and four RBI, followed by Damon Huffman and Brody Cox with two hits each.

Peyton Baker wound up earning the win, with Huffman adding a save.

The win followed a loss to South Dearborn on Monday, the Spartan reserves falling by a 10-9 score. In that game, Fasbinder had three hits, followed by Huffman and Cerqua with two each.

The Spartans also split a pair of games with Anderson (15-5 loss) and Rushville (11-5 win) last week. 

Cerqua finished with two hits in the loss to Anderson, and Rowland went 4-for-5 against Rushville. Huffman earned the win against the Lions.

Connersville is now 5-9 on the season.

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CMS golfers compete at Muncie, host N. Decatur

On Tuesday evening, the Connersville Middle School golf team hosted North Decatur, and despite shooting at their average, fell to the visiting Chargers 203-217.

Carter Bodwell led Connersville with a score of 51, followed by Ethan Steele's 53. The Spartans also got scores from Cooper Kinney (55) and Dylan Thomas (58).

"We have a number of golfers that are flirting with breaking that 50 mark, and I hope to leap over that hurdle by the end of the season," Connersville coach Jeff Martin said.

The match on Tuesday followed a trip to Muncie, where the Spartans teed off against Yorktown and Seton Catholic. Connersville wound up second with a score of 220, as Yorktown won the three-way meet with a score of 168. Seton was third with a 243.

"Playing a challenging course with narrow fairways, lined by many homes, quick greens, and playing out of the bunkers for the first time this season, created havoc for many of our golfers," Martin said.

Kinney finished with a score of 49, followed by Thomas (53), Tyla Patterson (57) and Branden Jones (61).

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Franklin County softball slips past Rushville

BROOKVILLE — The Franklin County softball team pushed its record in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference record to 9-2 this season with a 3-2 victory over Rushville on Tuesday evening.

Leading 1-0, following a run in the third, the Lady Wildcats saw that advantage slip away, as the Lady Lions scored twice in the top of the fifth to grab a 2-1 lead.

FC responded with a tally in the bottom of the fifth, then nabbed the lead for good with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Kendall McCool led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, followed by another hit, this one from Tessa Harper. Sidney Wilber moved both runners up with a perfectly executed bunt, bring Abby Orschell to the plate.

The junior outfielder came through with a deep fly to center, chasing McCool home with the go-ahead run.

That was all the support McCool would need on the mound, as she closed the door on the Lions. She went the distance, finishing with eight strikeouts in the game.

Kamryn McCool finished 3-for-3 at the plate for FC. Harper finished 2-for-2.

In the junior varsity contest, offense ruled the day, as Franklin County fell by a 17-12 score. Trailing 12-9 after three innings, Rushville erupted for eight runs to complete the come-from-behind victory.

Karlie Hahn led FC at the dish, slapping a pair of doubles in three at-bats.

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CHS tennis girls falls in close match at EC

ST. LEON — Looking for that third point in high school tennis can be a daunting task. The Connersville High School girls learned that lesson Tuesday night in a match against Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe East Central.

Rylee Fuller earned a three-set win at No. 1 singles (6-4, 4-6, 6-2) and Juliette Collins added a victory at No. 3 singles (3-6, 6-1, 6-4), but those were the only points the Lady Spartans would find on the day, dropping the match 3-2.

Shaina Laughlin fell in a tough bout at No. 2 singles by a 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles play, Cheyenne Harmeyer and Morgan Hauger fell by a 6-2, 6-1 score, and the No. 2 team of Hannele Burch and Kelsey Smith were beaten by a 6-2, 6-3 margin.

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FC baseball shut out by Union County

LIBERTY — Scoring five times in the first inning, the Union County baseball team turned away a challenge from Franklin County on Tuesday, winning by a 12-0 score.

The Patriots added two runs in the bottom of the third, then put the game in the win column with five more tallies in the bottom of the fourth.

Franklin County managed only two hits in the loss, while UC collected a dozen.

FC fell to 12-3 with the loss. Union County rose to 20-7 with the victory.

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Golden Eagle softball dominates Patriots

LIBERTY — The Cambridge City Lincoln softball team left little doubt in a win over Union County in Liberty on Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Golden Eagles scored 11 times in the first inning, on the way to a 12-2 victory.

Union County scored twice in the bottom of the third, but LHS added another tally in the top of the fifth to secure the run-rule win.

Hannah Hall collected three hits for the Eagles, followed by Alyssa Messer and Kaleigh Lamb, both with two hits.

Tori Russell pitched 4 1/3 innings for the Lady Patriots in the game, finishing with three strikeouts.

Jaela Patton finished with four RBI for Lincoln, followed by three from Messer.

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Lincoln golfers fall to Tri-High by 14 strokes

MILTON — Hosting Tri-Eastern Conference foe Tri-High on Tuesday, the Cambridge City Lincoln boys golf team wound up on the wrong side of a 188-202 score.

Playing at Winding Branch Golf Course, Jackson Reed turned in a score of 44 to lead the Golden Eagles. He was followed on the LHS leaderboard by Dylan McCullum (46), Dillon Asher (54), Jaron Gibbs (58) and Eric Castor (62).

Evan Murphy led Tri with a round of 42. Tri also got scores from Connor Fabric (43), Parker Engle (47), Holden Thomas (56) and Isaiah Steele (57).

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Union County tennis defeats Knightstown

KNIGHTSTOWN — Picking up a pair of wins in singles play, and adding a doubles victory, the Union County girls tennis team defeated Knightstown on the road Tuesday, returning home with a 3-2 score in its favor.

Lindsay Lang won her No. 2 singles match 7-5, 6-1, and No. 3 singles player Aubrey Volz was a winner in hers as well, picking up a 6-4, 6-1 verdict.

The No. 2 doubles team of Amanda Dunn and Kylie Hetzer clinched the win with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Also competing for the Lady Patriots was singles player Jessica Robinson (6-0, 6-2 loss) and the doubles team of Annie Henry and Amanda Jahosky (6-1, 6-2 loss).