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CHS baseball falls behind early in loss to Pirates

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

GREENSBURG — Surrendering three runs to Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Greensburg in the first inning, the Connersville High School baseball team was unable to recover, as it wound up on the wrong end of a 5-1 score Thursday evening.

The Pirates got to CHS hurler Bryce Cloyd early in the game, adding a single and a double to a walk and a Spartan error to plate three runners in the bottom of the first.

Logan Smith had the big hit in the frame, his double sending both Chase Springmeyer and Mason McLeod home with the first two scores of the game. A ground ball by Cade Reynolds pushed another across for the game’s third run.

Cloyd settled in after that, the CHS junior allowing only one hit through the next four innings, keeping GHS off the scoreboard.

Connersville finally broke the ice in its linescore in the sixth.

Colton Massey reached on a two-base error, and a single by Cameron Rowe moved him to third base. One batter later, Dylan Logan drove Massey home with a ground-out.

That would be the Spartans’ only run of the game, however. Greensburg would add two more in the bottom of the sixth, taking advantage of a hit batter, two singles and a double to ice the game.

CHS finished with three hits in the game, Cloyd and Massey joining Rowe in that group.

Franklin County softball wins big on senior night

BROOKVILLE — In its final game prior to sectional play, the Franklin County softball team sent a signal that they’re ready for the postseason, beating visiting Greensburg 11-2, Thursday on senior night.

The Wildcats will head into sectional play with a 22-5 record. The team closed out play in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference with an 11-3 record, good for a second-place tie with South Dearborn. East Central won the conference with a 13-1 mark.

In Thursday’s game, Greensburg scored twice in the first inning, taking advantage of a Franklin County error to extend the inning and create the pair of scores.

That would be all the Lady Pirates would muster on the scoreboard for the game, however.

FC scored once in the bottom of the first, then added four runs in the bottom of the third.

Gabby Mitchum started off the third with a single, and Kamryn McCool followed with a home run to plate two. Camryn Brewer and Maggie Wendell would also score in the inning.

Two runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth on an inside-the-park grand slam by Brewer would put the game out of reach for the Pirates, who fell to 17-8 and 8-6 in the EIAC.

In junior varsity action, the Wildcat reserves fell to Greensburg in their final action of the season, 2-1.

In spite of playing its best defensive game of the season, FC just could not connect at the plate, finishing with only four hits.

Franklin County scored its lone run in the fourth, Sarah Bare leading off the inning with a walk. Back-to-back ground balls moved her to third base. A few pitches later, she broke for home on a passed ball and crossed the dish safely.

Collecting hits for FC in the game were Karlie Hahn, Emily Wendel, Kaylynn Rauch and Izzy Hoff. 

Bare suffered the setback on the mound for FC.

Lady Eagle softball hangs on for victory

SELMA — Scoring all the runs it would get by the fifth inning, the Cambridge City Lincoln softball team hung on for a 4-3 win at Wapahani on Thursday evening.

Lincoln scored in the top of the first, the added two more in the third, before tacking on its final tally in the top of the fifth.

Wapahani answered with one in the bottom of the second, the plated two more in the sixth, before threatening in the seventh.

But the Lady Golden Eagle lead held, and the team came away with the one-run victory.

Kylee Smith finished with four of LHS’ 10 hits in the game to pace her team at the plate. Smith also finished with a game-high three RBI.

Hannah Hall tossed 5.1 innings to collect the win for Cambridge City. Kaleigh Lamb three 1.2 innings of relief in the game.

Connersville boys golf wins by 26 strokes

The Connersville High School boys golf team battled the weather and the golf course, Thursday in a match against Rising Sun.

Fighting both wind and rain during its match, the Spartans still managed to come away with a 177-203 win over the Shiners.

Connersville was led by Breydan Shafer, who finished with a score of 43.

He was followed by Dalton Lee and Adam Kelly, both of whom turned in efforts of 44.

Jonah Graham was next with a 46. Ryan McIntyre and Ryan Scott closed out the CHS scoring with cards that read 47 and 50, respectively.

Lincoln baseball doubled up by Knightstown

CAMBRIDGE CITY — Tied 2-2 after three innings, the Cambridge City Lincoln baseball team allowed five Knightstown runs to cross the plate in the fourth, on the way to a 10-5 loss on Thursday evening.

Cambridge City responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, and another in the fifth, but the 7-5 deficit would be as close as the Golden Eagles would get, as the Panther tacked on three runs in the final two frames to create the final margin.

Cameron Gwin tossed five innings for Lincoln, and took the loss on the mound.

LHS finished with only three hits in the game, compared to the 15 collected by Knightstown.

Hunter Willhite finished with two RBI for the Eagles.

LHS golfers defeated by TEC foe Union City

MILTON — Hosting Union City for a match on Thursday, the Cambridge City Lincoln golf team fell 13 strokes short, finishing on the high end of a 200-213 score.

Union City was led to the win by Jacob Jeffries and Jayden Hensley, the duo finishing with scores of 45 and 49, respectively.

Jackson Reed was the closest to reaching the 40s for the Golden Eagles, as he finished with a score of 50, the third-best over all score of the evening.

Reed was followed by teammates Dylan McCullum and Jaron Gibbs, both with scores of 54. Eric Castor was next at 55, followed by Dillon Asher (56) and Tyler Reisert (58). 

Jeffries and Hensley were trailed by Derek Williams (51), Wes Botkins (55), Seve Venevidez (55) and Ben Baggozzi (56).

Connersville JV closes season with victory

GREENSBURG — Spraying nine hits throughout the game, and plating nine runs, the Connersville High School junior varsity baseball team closed out its 2018 campaign with a 9-2 victory over Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference rival Greensburg on Thursday night.

The Spartans shared the wealth, as eight different batters earned base hits on the night.

Elijah Judd was the only multi-hit player in the game, as he collected a single and a double, while also scoring three runs.

Other reaching base with hits included Landon Cerqua (double), Ben McQueen (double), Colin Branum, Damon Huffman, Gabe Morris, Hunter Fasbinder and Peyton Rowland.

Connersville erased a 1-0 deficit with four runs in the second. The reserves then added two more in the third to take a 6-2 lead into the fourth.

A solo tally in the fifth, followed by two more in the seventh, put the game into the win column for CHS.

Huffman went the distance, picking up the complete-game victory. He allowed on three hits and one earned run, while striking out six.

With the win, Connersville ends the season at 10-10. CHS started the season 1-7, meaning the team closed the season on a 9-3 run.

Middle school golf ends with close win

The Connersville Middle School golf team saved its most dramatic win of the season for the very end of the campaign.

Facing Hagerstown, the Spartan linksters wound up squeaking out a 211-212 victory.

Cooper Kinney led all golfers in the match, finishing with a round of 50. Grady Getz and Dylan Thomas followed, both shooting their second-lowest scores of the season at 53.

Ethan Steeld came in with a 55 to complete CMS’ scoring.

Brittney Bottomley, Katlynn Mohr and Alivea Lynn all shot their personal bests at the meet.

“I am extremely proud of this group,” CMS coach Jeff Martin said. “Losing so much scoring from the previous year, there were a lot of questions to begin the season.

“But the kids stepped up. I had one golfer finish the season with his average in the 40s, and nine other golfers finish in the 50s. I was very pleased to finish our dial match season at 7-3. I will miss all of my eighth-graders, and I hope they have huge success in high school. I hope they continue to work and play hard, and I wish them each the best.”