Northwestern's softball team scored seven runs in the fourth inning to break open a close game and went on to beat Culver Academies 11-0 in five innings Tuesday at Culver.
Kendal Rooze and Jaylyn Harrison led the way for the Tigers. Rooze went 3 for 4 with her ninth home run of the season and a double while Harrison went 2 for 3 with a homer and a double. Rooze drove in three runs and scored twice and Harrison drove in two.
Also for the Tigers (14-6), Lexi Robinson was 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs and Jaci Elson drove in three runs.
Harrison pitched a three-hit shutout with four strikeouts.
The teams are scheduled to meet again Saturday when the Tigers host the Eagles and also Rochester.
NEW PAL 6, KOKOMO 5
Kokomo took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh only to see Class 3A No. 1-ranked New Palestine score six runs for the walk-off win.
The Kats (14-6) committed a pair of errors in the inning and the two-time defending Class 3A state champs took advantage to forge a comeback. The Dragons (21-3) hit a two-run homer to draw within 5-2 and later hit a three-run homer to end the game.
"It was a heartbreaking loss," Kokomo coach Mike Susong said. "They're one of the best teams in the state — they're ranked No. 1 [overall] on MaxPreps, they were No. 9 in the nation in the preseason, and we had them down 5-0 going into the bottom of the seventh. We found out we can play with anybody. We just have to execute in that last inning and we get out of there with a win."
Kokomo pitcher Lauryn Hicks had a no-hitter through the fifth inning. She came away with the hard-luck loss.
Hicks went 3 for 3 with two home runs — a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo shot in the sixth. Taylor Simmons drove in a run with a squeeze bunt and Ellie Trine had a double.
• In a schedule change, Kokomo will play Cass at 5:30 p.m. today at Municipal Stadium. Kokomo was scheduled to host Noblesville today, but the Millers had to cancel in order to make up a conference game.
TAYLOR 3, MAC 2
Backed by a solid defensive effort, Brooklyyn Meadors pitched Taylor past visiting Maconaquah.
"We have proven that we can play this game and I like where we are right now," Taylor coach Robert McGuire said.
For the Braves, Andrea Selleck was 3 for 3 with a two-run double and Carra Wolf was 2 for 3 with a double and a run. Wolf took the hard-luck loss. She allowed three hits, struck out 11 and walked one.
TIPTON 6, SHERIDAN 0
Claire Norred fired a no-hitter to lead the Class 2A No. 5-ranked Blue Devils in their home finale. She struck out 14 and walked only one.
Ella Wolfe drove in three runs to lead the Blue Devils at the plate. She finished 1 for 3 with a double and a run. Makenzie Gillam was 3 for 3 with a double and two runs and Tori Holt added a pair of singles.
CASS 5, LCC 2
Four days after winning the Hoosier Conference championship, Class 2A No. 7-ranked Cass went on the road and beat Class 2A No. 3 Lafayette Central Catholic in a matchup of HC teams.
After leading 2-1 through six innings, the Kings scored three insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Austin Holt (7-0) earned the win and Reece Rodabaugh picked up the save for the Kings, who improved to 18-4. Easton Good hit a solo home run and Kobe Hicks had an two-run single.
"The boys played great baseball," Cass coach Greg Marschand said. "Lafayette Central Catholic is a good team and it's a pretty good win for our program."
LCC beat Cass 10-1 in a regional semifinal last season.
MAC 18, WHITKO 4, 5 INNINGS
Maconaquah rocked Whitko for 16 hits in the Three Rivers Conference game. Cody Koebler, Caleb Winegardner, Zac Snyder and Carter Little had two hits apiece and Hunter Hays and Zach Gray each had a double.
Dalton Farnell pitched 3 1/3 innings for the win and Drake Daugherty closed.
PERU 156, CASS 176, MACONAQUAH 182
No. 17-ranked Peru showed excellent balance in winning the three-team gathering at Rock Hollow.
Medalist Kash Bellar fired an even-par 36 and the Bengal Tigers (8-1) backed him with Jake Van Baalen's 39, Andrew Overton's 40 and Corbin Robison's 42.
WESTERN 5, TAYLOR 0
The Panthers dropped just 10 games over the five points.
In singles play, Eliza Lutgen was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 1, Emma Moore was a 6-3, 6-2 winner at No. 2 and Natalie Hess was a 6-0, 6-2 winner at No. 3. In doubles play, Chloe Schmidt and Marlee Campbell posted a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 and Sydney Jansen and Isabelle Blattner did not drop a game at No. 2.
Lutgen normally plays No. 2 singles and Moore normally plays No. 1 doubles. The other players moved up from JV for the Panthers' regular-season finale.
"We gave those young kids a shot to play a varsity match which I think is instrumental in their development as tennis players because that's the future of our team. To give them the opportunity right before sectional benefits everyone. It was fun to see how they responded," coach Judson Quinn said.