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Cambridge City Lincoln softball clips Franklin County

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

BROOKVILLE — The Cambridge City Lincoln softball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings on the road at Franklin County on Monday night.

They needed nearly all of that lead.

The Lady Wildcats fought back, cutting what would become a 6-0 deficit to 6-4 with two runs in the bottom of the third, and solo tallies in both the fifth and sixth.

Lincoln would extend its lead, however, scoring five times in the seventh to make the score 11-4 with only three outs left to get.

Franklin County didn’t make it easy, however, plating four runners in the bottom of the seventh, before succumbing to an 11-8 final.

The Lady Golden Eagles finished with 11 hits in the game, three of them coming off the bat of Emmie Pugh. One of those three was pivotal, as her seventh-inning grand slam plated four of LHS’ five tallies in the key frame. Kaleigh Lamb and Jaela Patton also finished with multiple hits, the duo each collecting two.

Abby Orschell was the catalyst at the plate for the Wildcats, the senior outfielder collecting three of her team’s eight hits in the contest. She also finished with four RBI on the night.

Bree Bischoff added two hits for FC.

Three hurlers pitched in for Lincoln. The last of them, Laynie Richards, recorded two outs in the seventh and earned the victory.

Cameryn Brewer and Michalea Ferman shared mound duties for Franklin County, the latter suffering the loss.

Franklin County’s loss came on the heels of a split of two games at Hartford City on Saturday.

Scoring 15 runs in the first of two contests on the day, the Wildcats still fell short against Eastern Hancock, the Lady Royals rallying to escape with a 16-15 victory.

Four errors in the fourth inning was FC’s undoing, as EC took advantage for eight runs.

Franklin County rebounded in the second game of the day, scoring 10 times in the first inning, and easily beating Blackford High School, 17-4.

Union County baseball shuts out Twin Lakes

MONTICELLO — Limiting Twin Lakes to six hits in the game, the Union County baseball team came away with an 8-0 win on Saturday.

On offense, the Patriots were more thrifty at the plate, collecting 13 hits and scoring in four of the seven innings played.

The big frame was the sixth, as Alex Van Winkle, Blake Fields, Justin Witter and Mason Wicker all touched home plate for UC. For Van Winkle, Fields and Wicker, it was the second time in the game to circle the bases.

Fields finished with three hits to lead the Patriots in the batter’s box. Witter and Wicker added two hits each.

Dayton Minthorn led Twin Lakes with a pair of hits.

Dustin Freeman earned the complete game pitching victory for Union County, striking out five.

Union County improved to 16-5 with the win.

CHS track and field reserves compete at EIAC

Both Connersville junior varsity track and field teams competed at the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference reserve meet on Saturday.

Baylee Schneider earned CHS’ best finish at the meet, crossing the finish line as the runner-up in the 1600. Schneider was also sixth in the 800.

Also posting strong finishes for the Spartans were Brayden Jones (5th, pole vault), Austin Lancaster (5th, discus), Trevor Hux (7th, 800), Austin Wenta (6th, 3200), Dustin McCarroll (6th, discus), Gage Brown (6th, high jump), Keaton Oakley (7th, 110 hurdles) and Sean Brown (8th, 3200).

No team scores were kept at the meet.

Patriot golf team improves to 11-0

LIBERTY — Hosting non-conference opponent Randolph Southern on Monday night, the Union County golf team improved to 11-0 on the season with a 168-269 victory.

The Patriots finished with a birdie and 13 pars on their home course, on the way to the lopsided win over the Rebels.

Tyler Osborne earned low-medalist honors from his No. 1 spot for Union County. Six pars helped him post a score of 38.

Cody Peters was next, both in pars (4) and score, as he carded a 40.

One shot behind him was Cameron Woods, who drove, chipped and putted his way to a score of 41. He finished with only one par, but had UCs lone birdie of the round, earning that on the par-4 seventh hole.

Nick Orr added a 49, and Luke Yamashiro finished with two pars and a 50.

Tate Kenworthy led the visitors with a nine-hole score of 66.

Gabe Cox also turned in a round for the Patriots, finishing with a 52.

Lady Spartan softball blows out Batesville

BATESVILLE — Using its power game once more, the Connersville High School softball team scored a combined five runs in the first two innings, and never looked back, earning a 14-4 victory at Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Batesville on Monday evening.

Connersville added four runs in the third to make the score 9-0, then tacked on another in the fifth, before the Lady Bulldogs finally lit up their portion of the scoreboard with a tally in the bottom of the fourth.

The hosts would add three more runs in the bottom of the fifth, but by then the game was out of their control.

A four-run sixth inning by the Lady Spartans would close out the 10-run-rule win.

CHS finished with 15 hits in the game, three of them leaving the park.

Madison Fields finished with four of those hits, two of them home runs, driving in four runs. Also going deep in the game was Paige Dunaway, who finished with three hits and three RBI.

Joining Fields with a four-hit night was lead-off batter Ashley Ruble, whose batting average now sits at .434 for the season.

The three home runs give CHS a team total of 38 for the season. Allison Woytik leads that charge with 11. Fields and Dunaway are close with nine and eight, respectively.

Connersville travels to Rushville today.

Middle School baseball earns big win over Lincoln

CAMBRIDGE CITY — Scoring seven times in the first inning, the Connersville Middle School baseball team cruised to a 19-3 victory at Cambridge City Lincoln on Monday night.

The Spartans added two runs in the second and four in the third to take a 13-0 lead into the bottom of the third.

Lincoln would push two runs across in the third, but it was too little, too late, as the CMS boys earned their 16th win in 17 games this season.

Luke Morris, Owen Lewis and Cody Brown all finished with three hits in the game, one of Brown’s good for two bases.

Brown also scored three times, while Morris and Lewis touched home twice.

Four pitchers combined to work the mound for Connersville, as Lewis followed Cam Schonfeld, Morris and Grant Nickloy, picking up the win.