By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Taylor’s baseball team kicked off its season with a dominant victory over visiting Frankton on Monday at George Phares Field. The Titans whipped the Eagles 10-0 in five innings.
Freshman Noah Poe and senior Mike Gammans led the Center crew. Poe pitched a two-hitter, striking out seven and walking three. Gammans smacked a two-run home run for his varsity hit.
“Going into this year, we knew we had a young pitching staff, and it was great to see our freshman get off to such a great start,” Taylor skipper Brent Owens said. “He was in control the whole night, constantly ahead in the count. I was proud of him.
“We played error-free baseball and obviously we had some nice hitting so all three phases were working.”
The Titans finished with eight hits. Cole Schroeder went 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs and Austin Douglas went 2 for 3 with two runs. Tyler Gatlin and Jordon Lazaro drove in a run apiece.
Fishers 5, Kokomo 0
Fishers scored a single run in the first inning, then four runs in the fourth to break away from visiting Kokomo.
“It was a pretty close game,” Kokomo coach Tim Weeks said. “That fourth inning, Fishers got three runs off a couple questionable things. They pitched [Nathaniel Rhodes] who is going to Marshall. I thought we played well against him. They just got some timely hits and we didn’t get the hits when we needed them.”
The Kats had four hits. Bo Baker led the way with two singles and Jared Dill had a double. Dustin Gamblin took the loss. He started and worked 4 1-3 innings, allowing one earned run. Mavric Collier pitched the final 1 2-3 innings.
Western 107, Taylor 25
Braedon Cannon won three individual events to lead the Panthers past the visiting Titans in both teams’ opener. Cannon swept the 110 hurdles (:17.2) and 300 hurdles (:43.9) and also won long jump (18-11).
Also winning individual events for the Panthers were: Mica Beard (100 dash, :12.7); Stacy Hutchinson (400 dash, :56.8); Austin Elliott (1,600 run, 4:56.8); Auston Davenport (800 run, 2:14); Matt Grider (3,200 run, 10:41); Zach Shahan (high jump, 6-2); Jacob Bradshaw (pole vault, 10-6); Corey Hinkle (discus, 136-7); and Russell McDorman (shot put, 44-11).
The Panthers also won a pair of relays. Davenport, Elliott, Riley Carter and Josh Everetts won the 4x800 in 9:28 and Hinkle, Devin Vent, Cameron Dessing and Hutchinson won the 4x400 in 3:56.
“I was very pleased,” Western coach Marvin Boswell said, noting he used the opening meet to try people in different events. “I felt like we had some pretty good depth — we had a lot of seconds and thirds. I think it’s going to make for an exciting season.”
Western 120, Taylor 8
The Panthers won every event against the visiting Titans in both teams’ opening meet.
Ellie Rush won three individual events. She swept the 100 hurdles (:17.88) and 300 hurdles (:53.6) and also won long jump (14-5.75).
Also winning individual events were: Courtney Rager (discus, 65-3); Kimberly Miller (shot put, 26-9); Meranda Pressgrove (high jump, 4-8); Taylor Nunan (pole vault, 7-0); Brooklynn Campbell (100 dash, :14.66); Emma Nixon (1,600 run, 5:34.96); Mallory Davis (400 dash, 1:09.7); Reagan Ritchie (800 run, 2:38); Madi Shepherd (200 dash, :29.25); and Nicole Hampshire (3,200 run, 13:15).
Emily Mullins, Jama Claxton, Allison McMinn, Caroline Conrad won the 4x800 relay in 12:20.44. Shepherd, Rush, Liz DeWitt and Campbell won the 4x100 relay in :55.2. And Davis, Audrey Nixon, Amelia Moe and Shelby Hulka won the 4x400 relay in 5:06.6.
“I’m really proud of how they performed,” Western coach Chrystal Campbell said. “They worked hard in the offseason to get ready. We had a couple PRs [Monday]. It wasn’t the biggest meet, but we performed well. We’re optimistic about our season.”
Cami Hansen led Taylor with a second-place finish in the 3,200 (13:26) and third-place finishes in the long jump (13-4) and 1,600. Cassidy Morgan was second in the 100 dash in :14.7,
“I had a lot of girls who were in their first track meet. I was really happy with their effort,” Taylor coach Nick Weicht said, crediting his squad for their work in preparing for the season.