By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Eastern’s girls tennis team beat Northfield 4-1 Monday at Greentown for its second straight win following a season-opening loss to Peru last week.
“I’m really impressed by the way we’ve bounced back,” Eastern coach Pat Rice said.
The Comets swept the singles matches against the Norse. Courtney Clark was a 6-3, 6-3 winner at No. 1, Riley Kanable rallied for a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 2 and Claire Holkenbrink was a 6-2, 6-1 winner at No. 3.
“I’m really proud of Riley Kanable,” Rice said. “She played about a 21/2 hour match and just kept fighting. We already had won the match but she wanted to win.”
Holkenbrink played at No. 1 doubles in the Comets’ opener last week, but Rice quickly moved her back to No. 3 singles where she played the previous two seasons.
“She is such a strong singles point for us,” he said. “She has proven that to be a pretty good move. She played a great match.”
The Comets’ fourth point came at No. 2 doubles where Laura White and Marissa Evenson took a 6-1, 7-5 win.
“They’re becoming a reliable point,” Rice said. “They actually were down 5-2 in that second set and came back and won five straight points to close it out. They’re playing really well right now. We like where they’re at with their games. They’re both being aggressive.”
Taylor 3, Carroll 2
The Titans used a singles sweep to even their record at 1-1.
Jessica Fox was a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) winner at No. 1. Lauren Shively was a 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) at No. 2. And Heather Street cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3.
“This was a good match for us,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said. “One singles was a close match. Both sets could have gone either way. That match probably took about 21/2 hours. The 2 singles match, Lauren played really well in the tiebreaker. I’m sure that was her first tiebreaker ever. That was a nice win for her. Then Heather played really strong at 3 singles.”
Logansport 5, Northwestern 0
Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings took a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles to lead the Berries’ sweep of the Tigers.
“This was a tough match at all five spots,” NW coach Kathie Layden said. “Logansport is a very solid team and is led by Whitney Jennings at one singles who just doesn’t make many errors and has so much athleticism.
“One doubles [Megan Floyd and Madison Wells] had a very competitive match and I was glad to see them battle back after losing first set in a tiebreaker.”
Twin Lakes 3, Cass 2
The Twin Lakes team of Chayse Lehocky and Leah Crabb defeated the Cass team Kirsten Carbaugh and Khyla Wilson 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles, giving the Indians the 3-2 win.
“The No. 1 doubles matches was a tense battle throughout the second and third sets. Both teams brought their A games,” Cass coach Stu Engle said.
Cass’ points came at No. 3 singles, where Bailey Gremelspacher was a 6-3, 6-1 winner, and No. 2 doubles, where Katie Lane and Ali Hartley took a 6-2, 7-5 win.
Northwestern 10, Tri-Central 0, 6 innings
Trey Richmond fired a two-hitter, Keagan Downey belted a pair of two-run home runs and the Tigers evened their record at 3-3 with the road win.
Richmond, a freshman, struck out four and walked one.
“Overall, great job by Trey on the mound. He threw a lot of strikes and got ahead of hitters,” Northwestern coach Kyle Beachy said. “The defense was big behind him. We took advantage at the plate of some walks and errors and had some big hits.”
Downey finished 3 for 4 to lead the Tigers. He belted a homer in the fourth and another round-tripper in the sixth.
Also for the Tigers, Jake Vent was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Logan Macaluso had an RBI double.
Clinton Central 13, University 3, 5 innings
Jeff Scott belted a home run and a triple and drove in four runs, Jake Burton drove in three runs and the Bulldogs rolled to the win.
Cole Simmons pitched four scoreless innings to earn the win. He held University hitless, struck out seven and walked two.
Mississinewa 9, Maconaquah 8
Ole Miss edged Maconaquah, dropping the Braves to 5-3.
Blake May took the pitching loss. Jorge Cortez led the Braves in hitting with a double and a single. Vince Taylor added two singles and Nick Love and Josh Fewell added a double apiece.
Taylor 10, Tri-Central 0, 5 innings
Savannah Delgado and Cami Hansen both went 3 for 4 to lead the Titans’ 10-run explosion against the visiting Trojans. Delgado had a triple and two singles. She drove in three runs. Hansen drove in two.
Also for Taylor (3-2), Jacquelyn Rhoades was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI, McKenna Deckard was 2 for 4 with two RBI and Taylor Mosier was 2 for 3.
Taylor pitcher Rachel Hafley fired a two-hitter. She struck out one and walked none.
“We played very sound defense. We had no errors,” Taylor coach April Johnston said. “We came out in the fifth and hit the ball really well. We put seven runs on the board to end the game. Just a good all-around game.”
Eastern 11, Southwood 1, 5 innings
The Comets took control with a seven-run explosion in the first inning and Alyssa Haalck made the lead stand. She pitched a complete game, allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked two.
“We were hoping to give [ace pitcher Abby Oyler] a little rest since we have games against Rochester and Logansport the next two nights. Alyssa did a nice job. They really struggled against her,” Eastern coach Jerry Haines said. “We got the good hitting, the good start and good pitching. It was a good night for us.”
Maddie Vint led the Comets (5-3) at the plate. She cracked a double and a single and drove in four runs. Ally Oyler had a double and two singles and Ashlynn Hochstedler and Rachel Wingate each had a double.
Northwestern 4, Tipton 2
Northwestern coach Jordan Dyer noted his squad was sluggish through the first four innings.
“We just weren’t focused. I called the girls together and kind of got on them a little bit,” he said. “We have a pretty young group, but I expect a lot out of them and I think they responded pretty well.”
Macey Jordan smacked a two-run triple in the sixth inning to put the Tigers up 4-1.
Northwestern pitcher Crystal Metz kept the Blue Devils in check. Metz fired a three-hitter. She struck out 11 and walked three.
Metz and Kelsey Richards each had a double for the 4-1 Tigers.
Elwood 5, Western 0
Elwood blanked Western in the battle of Panthers on Western’s diamond.
“Overall, we played a good game,” Western coach Jim Clouse said. “They’re a talented team — I’ll be surprised if they don’t go a long way in the [state] tournament. It was a considerable step up in competition from what we’ve played early on. I was proud of our kids. They stayed positive the whole game. We gave a couple runs away, but we were right there. A hit here or there, it’s a totally different game.”
Western (3-1) finished with five hits. Carley O’Neal had a pair of singles and Haley Conway had a double.
Erika Beeler pitched a complete game for Western. She allowed just two earned runs. She scattered eight hits, struck out three and walked three.
Cass 5, Kokomo 4
Kokomo coach Mike Susong had a quick answer when he was asked to pinpoint the difference in the game.
“The difference in the game was Alexa Humerickhouse from Lewis Cass,” he said. “She hit a double off the right-field wall to score two runs in the third inning and then hit a two-run homer in the fifth. We shouldn’t have pitched to her, especially after that [double]. It was totally my fault for pitching to her. This loss goes on me.
“I thought their pitcher [Cheyenne Dittmaier] did a good job of keeping us off balance. We didn’t adjust very well. Our top four hitters were 0 for 14.”
Paris McCullum led the Kats (1-2) with a 2-for-3 performance that included a home run. Kami Sharp also went 2 for 3.
Sharp pitched a complete game for the Kats. She allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked five.
Kokomo 168, Frankfort 202
The Wildkats moved to 2-0 with the win at The Golf Preserve of Frankfort.
Kokomo teammates Tanner Guyer and Zach Watterson shared medalist honors after shooting 6-over 41s. Ryan Balog (42) and Jake Hopkins (44) followed for the Red and Blue.
“I had two guys who had played that course only once before and three guys who had never played it and we still broke 170 so I can’t be disappointed,” Kokomo coach Jay Davis said. “The greens played pretty tough. They were pretty fast.”
Western placed second in the six-way at Tipton Municipal with a score of 152, two shots back of winner Westfield. Tipton (161) was fourth and Tri-Central (222) was sixth.
The Panthers’ Tyler White, the Blue Devils’ Seth Grimme and Westfield’s Pierce Dahl each shot 35 to share individual honors.
Brennan Raines (36), Ryan Rossi (39) and Baylor Woolley (42) rounded out Western’s team score.
Tanner Maxey and Henry Ressler each shot 39 and Jackson Tina shot 48 for Tipton.
“It was our first varsity match,” Tipton coach Kenny Day said. “I was pleased with our scores. Obviously, the conditions were a lot better. I was pleased with Maxey and Grimme. Western got second and Steve [Hoppes] must be happy with that.”
Jacob Bennett led Tri-Central with a 48.
Eastern 113, Tri-Central 8
Eastern gave many of its younger athletes a chance to shine and they helped deliver a dominant victory. The Comets won every event.
Ben Cole won a pair of individual events to lead the way. He was tops in the 300 intermediate hurdles (:48.37) and long jump (17-2 1/2).
Also winning individual events were: Cole Walker (110 high hurdles, :22.37); Noah Aaron (100 dash, :11.71); Trevor Buchanan (1,600 run, 5:42.55); Levi Bramel (discus, 100-10); Konner Wyant (shot put, 36-4 1/2); Braden Evans (high jump, 5-4); Evan Hursh (800 run, 2:24.18); Matt Kerner (3,200 run, 12:24.46); Joshua Sommers (200 dash, :23.62); and Austin Bergman (400 dash, 1:00.33).
Buchanan, Brenton Cherry, Hursh and Dalton Ryan won the 4x800 relay in 10:06.84. Cole, Walker, Evans and Kerner won the 4x100 in :50.9. And Kevin Zheng, Cherry, Ryan and Buchanan won the 4x400 in 4:09.
“This is one of my favorite meets because I get to see some young guys do really well and the older guys are always there to cheer them on,” Eastern coach Austin Roark said.
Eastern 98, Tri-Central 19
Sydnie Hill won three individual events and Arienna Ewing and Elyssa DeAngulo won two apiece to lead the Comets’ sweep of first-place finishes.
Hill was tops in long jump (15-0), 400 dash (1:07.7) and 800 run (3:06.7). Ewing won the 100 hurdles (:17.2) and 300 hurdles (:58.8). DeAngulo won the 1,600 run (7:13.4) and 3,200 run (15:34.3).
Also winning individual events were: Danielle Reed (shot put, 32-5 3/4); Brooke Haalck (100 dash, :13.5); Alicia Eckart (high jump, 4-6); Jenny Keith (discus, 98-2); and Maya Valadez (200 dash, :29.5).
Lea Byers, Mengyuan Zhu, Krissi Anders and Heidi Cranor won the 4x800 relay in 15:42.7. Kaylee Gebhart, Melanie Nicholson, Ewing and Haalck won the 4x100 in 55.1. And Eckart, Hill, Valadez and Ewing won the 4x400 in 4:57.8.