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Cambridge City Lincoln softball dominates ... again

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

KNIGHTSTOWN — The Cambridge City Lincoln softball team keeps winning ballgames. 

And the team is making it look easy.

Thursday night, Cambridge City traveled to Knightstown for a Tri-Eastern Conference game, and in a rare instance, the Lady Golden Eagles found themselves trailing 6-2 after five innings of play.

A nine-run sixth frame by the visitors changed all that, however.

Adding four more runs in the top of the seventh, Lincoln came away with a 15-6 victory over the Lady Panthers.

The win improved LHS to 5-0 on the season. In those five games, the Golden Eagles have outscored opponents 59-10.

In Thursday’s victory, Jaela Patton finished with four hits, two of them home runs. Emmie Pugh added three hits, one of hers sailing over the fence, as well. Patton finished with five RBIs in the game, followed by Pugh with four.

Kaleigh Lamb pitched all but one out in the game to pick up the win, her fourth of the season. The sophomore hurler struck out 12 on the way to victory.

Connersville blanks Richmond for softball win

The Connersville High School softball team welcomed Richmond to town on Thursday, and went right to work to secure a win.

Scoring three times in the first inning, the Lady Spartans added five more in the third, on the way to an 8-0 victory, improving to 4-4 on the season.

Ashley Ruble (single), Paige Dunaway (double) and Allison Woytik (single) led off the Connersville half of the first inning, all reaching base and eventually coming around to score, handing the Lady Red Devils the early deficit.

That was more than enough offense for CHS hurler Jeri Ellis, who was dominant on the mound, limiting Richmond to only two hits all game.

In the third, however, Connersville went back to work at the plate, the big hit in the inning a three-run home run by Hannah Sizemore.

Dunaway finished with three hits in the game, including a triple to go with her two-bagger. Woytik, Ellis and Madison Fields each added two hits, one of Fields’ hits good for two bases.

The win on Thursday reversed a decision on Wednesday, as the Spartan girls traveled to Mount Vernon (Fortville) and were sent home nursing an 8-0 loss to the Lady Marauders.

Connersville managed only four hits in the loss.

Lincoln tennis girls take 4-of-5 from Winchester

CAMBRIDGE CITY — The Cambridge City Lincoln girls tennis team remained perfect in 2019, picking off its fourth opponent in as many matches.

This time, it was a Tri-Eastern foe, as the Golden Eagle girls got the best of Winchester 4-1.

Singles players Rachel Merida, Kami Laymon and Emily Cox pointed the way for LHS, earning wins over Mariah Roberts (6-0, 6-1), Kate Hendrickson (4-6, 6-2, 6-0) and Kate Riggin (6-2, 6-0), respectfully.

Also claiming a win was the No. 2 doubles team of Aris VanWinkle and Clara Tyree, the duo beating Kaylan McIntyre and Morgan Williams by a 6-2, 6-4 count.

At No. 1 doubles, Jenna Bertsch and Makala Hammons as beaten by Riley Helms and Maci Frantz 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4).

On the junior varsity courts, Lincoln won three of five matches.

Winners in singles play were Bethany Castle (6-4) and Ashley Wampler (7-6). The doubles team of Emily Merida and Abby Ahrens were also successful, winning by a 6-2 score.

Lincoln travels to Tri-High on Monday.

Connersville Middle School softball opens strong

The Connersville Middle School softball girls have opened the 2019 season with a trio of wins.

The team kicked off the season with an 8-2 victory over Sunman-Dearborn, then followed that with a 10-0 blanking of Greensburg.

The Lady Spartans made it three straight with 17-3 victory over Franklin County.

Strong pitching performances from Kindred Conley and Shelby Wolski have anchored Connersville throughout the three wins.

In the team’s latest victory over the Lady Wildcats, Conley struck out five through four innings, and Wolski closed the game with a pair of the Ks in the final inning.

CMS is next in action on Tuesday, traveling to Benjamin Rush to face the Lady Lions. Connersville’s next home game is set for Wednesday, when the team will welcome New Castle.

CMS track teams finish second in 3-way meet

LIBERTY — Both Connersville Middle School track and field teams traveled to Liberty to face both Union County and Sunman-Dearborn on Wednesday.

Both the boys and girls returned home with runner-up finishes.

The CMS girls earned 37 points, falling to Sunman’s total of 68. UC was third with 31.

The Connersville boys wound up with a score of 48, short of SDMS’ 70. Union County was third with 22.

Individually, the local girls were paced by Hailey Sembach, who earned the team’s only first-place finish, taking that in the high jump. In spite of there being no other wins, there were 11 personal bests set by the Lady Spartans.

For the boys, winners on the day were Blaine Hornsby (high jump), Andrew Isaac (800), Cody Naylor (1600) and the 4x400 relay team of Hornsby, Naylor, Isaac and Ryan Naylor.

Middle school golfers knock off Lincoln

Facing a team from Cambridge City, the Connersville Middle School golf team came away with a 196-223 victory on Wednesday afternoon.

Leading the way for the team win was low medalist Cooper Kinney, who finished with a score of 41. Joining him in CMS’ score were teammates Lydia Powell (50), Will Chalker (51) and Cody Hauger (54).

Other golfers representing Connersville at the meet were Gabby Buener, Kaleb Caldwell, Gavin Frank, Kaylee Garrett, Nate Garrison, Chloe Griffin, Kylie Hale, Jackson Jones, Grace Kelley, Kylie Linn, Landon Madden, Owen Nobbe, Tyler Patterson and Luke Swininger.

Franklin County baseball ends CHS win streak

Last Monday night, the Connersville High School baseball team traveled to Brookville and defeated Franklin County by a 5-2 score.

On Thursday, the Wildcats made the trip to Connersville and repaid the favor.

Erasing a 2-0 deficit, FC scored three times in the fourth, then added single tallies in both the fifth and seventh, securing a 5-2 Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference victory.

Franklin County (1-3) finished with only six hits in the game, but made the most of them.

Tommy Ratz led the Wildcats with two hits. Alex Bischoff (double), Augustus Runyon, Garrett Ertel and Jimmy Disney each added one.

Connersville (3-3) got a pair of hits from Colton Massey. The team finished with five in the game.

The loss by the Spartans ended a three-game win streak for the team.

On the mound, Bischoff went the distance and earned the win for FC, while Damon Huffman tossed four innings and suffered the loss for CHS.

Wildcats rally late for softball win over Batesville

BATESVILLE — Overcoming five defensive errors, the Franklin County softball team wound up with a 7-3 victory over Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference rival Batesville on Thursday.

The Lady Wildcats needed all seven innings to secure the win, as they scored four times in the final frame.

Makaylee Woods drew a walk and steal second to lead off the pivotal seventh. An errant throw by the Lady Bulldogs on a routine fly ball would allow Woods to dash all the way home. Kloe Bolos then followed with a one-out single. Two batters later, Karlie Hahn reached after getting hit by a pitch, giving FC two runners aboard with two outs.

Morgan Bare would extend the inning, with a single, and Sarah Bare would chase home the final runs of the game with a base hit to centerfield.

Morgan Bare had her best game of the young season, finishing with a single and a double, while also drawing a walk. She registered and RBI and scored a pair of runs, as well.

Camryn Brewer earned the victory on the mound for Franklin County, which improved to 6-1 with the win. The team is 2-0 in EIAC play.

Union County tennis falls just short to Knights

FOUNTAIN CITY — The Union County girls tennis team picked up a pair of road victories, one each in singles and doubles play, against Tri-Eastern Conference foe Northeastern on Thursday.

Unfortunately, the team could not find that all-important third win, and returned home with a 3-2 loss to the Lady Knights.

No. 1 singles player Lindsay Lang won her match over Ashleigh Roberts by a 6-3, 6-0 score, and the No. 2 doubles unit of Ella Reis and Kylie Hetzer wound up on top of Kimberlee Lichtenberger and Anali Melendez by injury default.

Those were the only points the Lady Patriots would muster, however, as Northeastern wound up with the match.

UC singles players Maddie Gaebel and Lissie Pitcher fell short to Lauren Cowen (6-3, 6-2) and Anna Drake (6-3, 6-0).

In the No. 1 doubles tilt, Amanda Jahosky and Emily Harrison wound up on the wrong end of a 6-0, 6-2 score against Morgan Benjamin and Drew Noland.

The Patriots will go in search of the winning track on Monday, when they play host to TEC foe Union City.