May 4—The Caston softball team, ranked No. 2 in this week's Class A coaches poll, defeated Lewis Cass 8-7 on Monday in Fulton.
The Lady Comets improved to 18-1 with the win.
Addison Zimpleman got the victory, allowing seven runs (three earned) on 10 hits and two walks while striking out five.
Kinzie Mollenkopf led the Comets at the plate going 4-for-4 with three doubles and five RBIs. Annie Harsh had a double and single. Macee Hinderlider singled twice. Eillie Deming had a double. Maddi Smith, Isabel Scales and Haley Logan each added a single.
The Kings cut into a 7-3 lead with two runs in the sixth. The Comets added a run in the sixth to make it 8-5. The Kings scored two more in the seventh before their rally fell short.
Paxtyn Hicks went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Kings (6-9). Cana Jones had three hits, an RBI and run scored. Leah Willison had a home run and two RBIs. Elly Logan had a double, RBI and run scored
Hicks went the distance on the mound, striking out five.
Cass travels to Hamilton Heights today. Caston hosts Manchester today.
—Caston won the Tri-County Invite on Saturday. The Comets beat South Newton 11-0 in five innings to advance to the championship game.
Zimpleman pitched a no-hitter and had nine strikeouts. Rebekah Milburn, Scales and Smith led the team at the plate, each going 2-for-3. Milburn had a double and single. Scales and Smith each hit a single and a triple. Deming had a sacrifice fly and sac bunt for two RBIs. Layne Oliver hit a double and Harsh and Mollenkopf each had a single.
Caston defeated Faith Christian 10-1 in the championship game. Mollenkopf pitched a seven-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Bailey Harness hit an inside-the-park grand slam with two outs in the six inning to help seal the victory. She also had a single in the third inning. Scales homered in her first at bat, hit a single and had three RBIs. Mollenkopf had two singles. Zimpleman, Deming, Harsh, Logan and Hinderlider all had singles.
Logansport (9-8 overall) went 1-2 at the event on Saturday.
The Berries lost to LaPorte 2-0. Logansport lost despite outhitting LaPorte 8-7. Claire Kitchel took the loss. She allowed two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Kendra Sutton went 3-for-3 at the plate.
Logansport defeated Highland 3-1. Logan pitchers allowed just four hits to Highland. An early lead helped propel the Berries. They scored on a sacrifice fly by Sutton in the first inning and a single by Pailei Cripe in the second. Logan pulled away for good with two runs in the second. Cripe singled on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs. Justyce Rohrabaugh was the winning pitcher. She lasted four innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out two and walking zero. Kinzie Byrd threw three innings in relief. Cripe went 2-for-3 at the plate. Logansport didn't commit a single error in the field.
Logan lost to Class 3A No. 6 South Bend St. Joe 5-3 as the Berries lost a lead late. Byrd allowed three runs on seven hits over four innings, striking out five and walking zero. Gracie Henderson started the game and allowed two runs on six hits over three innings, walking zero. Sutton had the Berries' lone hit of the contest.
WINAMAC 8, NORTH JUDSON 0
Aubrey Gearhart pitched a five-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts as Winamac recorded a win at North Judson.
Emma Goodman had three hits including a double and RBI for the Class 2A No. 11 Warriors (13-4, 3-1 HNAC). Kaya Campbell had two doubles and three RBIs. Aubrey Gearhart had a triple and single. Ella Gearhart had a double. Alexis Sheets had a home run. McKenzie Hinz had two hits.
HARRISON 11, PIONEER 0
Class 2A No. 3 Pioneer fell in six innings at Harrison on Friday.
It was a 1-0 game heading into the fifth when the Raiders scored three in the fifth and seven more in the sixth. Pioneer was outhit 8-5 and committed three errors.
Hailey Gotshall took the loss. She allowed eight hits and struck out six. Hailey Cripe, Mackenzie Walker, Madison Blickenstaff, Brooklyn Borges and Belle Blickenstaff each had a single for the Panthers (12-2).
LOGANSPORT SWEEPS ANDERSON
Logan swept visiting Anderson by scores of 16-6 in five innings and 6-5 on Saturday.
Calryan Parmeter got the win in the opener, allowing eight hits in four innings with three strikeouts. Brennan Goforth allowed two hits in one inning.
The Berries offense had 13 hits with Parmeter going 2-for-2. Kaiden Lucero had a hit returning from injury. Caleb Crook added an RBI. Gavin Smith went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Ethan Denny was hit by a pitch twice and walked scoring three times. Tristan Kitchel had two doubles and two RBIs. Goforth went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Caleb Miller added a double and two RBIs and Grayson Long had a sac fly RBI.
Garrett Barron got the start in game two as the Berries defeated Anderson 6-5. Barron got the win, throwing 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and striking out five batters. Goforth threw again in game two and got the save, pitching 1 2/3 innings and striking out two batters.
The Berries offense had 10 hits in game two. Parmeter had a double. Smith added a triple. Denny had a single. Kitchel went 3-for-3 with a triple, double, single and three RBIs. Jeremiah Miller had a base hit and RBI. John Scott went 2-for-3.
The Berries (14-9) enter today's home game against Harrison on a nine-game winning streak.
CASTON 16, CULVER 0
Joey Spin pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking one in a five-inning game at Culver on Monday.
Spin helped himself with an RBI single in the first. He added an RBI double in the fifth.
The Comets tallied seven runs in the fifth. Jessie Rock-Wolf had a two-run triple. Carter See, Pete DuVall, Rowan Jellison and Ryan Spin all drove in runs in the inning.
The Comets stole 13 bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Sam Smith led the way with five.
"We had a solid defensive effort behind an excellent outing by Joey on the mound," Caston coach Blake Mollenkopf said. "We were able to get nine hits offensively and capitalize on some walks and passed balls by Culver. We have another important conference game at Caston Tuesday night at 5 p.m."
HALL OF FAME INVITE
Logansport shot a 354 to place 13th out of 21 teams at Rock Hollow.
Ty Vietti tied for seventh individually with a 7-over par 79. He was followed by Trevor Vietti (85), Noah Lange (89), Brant Higgins (101) and Brady Bair (110).
Bloomington South won with a 319, followed by Tipton (326), Silver Creek (327), Crown Point (328), Center Grove (332), Cathedral (337), Floyd Central (340), Kokomo (341), Columbia City (342), Homestead (346), Franklin (349), Evansville North (353), Logansport (354), Culver Academies (357), Bishop Chatard (357), Valparaiso (361), Monroe Central (370), Washington (375), Rochester (379), Concord (393) and Peru (412).