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Knight tennis falls to visiting Vikings

RETURN: Southwood's Drue Gentry returns a shot in her match at No. 1 singles for the Knights against Huntington North on Wednesday.

Staff reports

The Southwood girls’ tennis team dropped its second match in as many nights on Wednesday evening, falling to visiting Huntington North 5-0.

Drue Gentry fell at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-1 while Lorynn Hunt lost at No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-2. Allison Steele dropped her match at No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-1.

Emily Gwillim and Kyrstin Gouveia fell 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles. The duo of Courtney Andrick and Haleigh Snyder lost at No. 2 doubles 6-2, 6-0.

The Manchester tennis team, meanwhile, picked up a win to open its season at home against Columbia City, 4-1.

Kelsey Eichenauer picked up a win at No. 1 singles for the Squires 6-0, 6-2 while Halle Briner earned a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles. Lydia Little picked up a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles on the night.

The No. 1 doubles team of Kendra Auler and Eva Bazzoni fell in three sets, 6-0, 1-6, 1-6 while Erika Kendall and Lauren Metzger won at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-3.

“Overall, I was very pleased with our opener,” head coach Joel Eichenauer said in an e-mail to the Plain Dealer. “We really had an excellent preseason in spite of the poor March weather. After a week off for spring break, I look for us to keep improving in the weeks to come. With a tougher schedule, we’ll see our potential and find our weaknesses.”

The Manchester softball team fell to 0-3 on the young season with a 4-3 loss at home to Churubusco on Wednesday.

The Squires fell behind 2-0 in the early stages after the guests scored a run in each of the first two innings. Manchester pulled a run back in the fourth on a single from Sydney Day to plate Kiera Stacy but Churubusco responded with a pair of runs in the fifth to open up a 4-1 lead.

Manchester’s best inning came in the bottom of the sixth with Mackenzie Day and Kiera Stacy started the frame by reaching base. The duo would score in the inning but Manchester managed just one more hit as the rally stalled out.

Stacy finished 3-for-3 with two runs on the day while Carsyn Howard had a pair of RBIs. Mackenzie Day finished 2-for-3 with a run at the plate. Sydney Day, Ali Sites and Mattie McKee had a hit each for the Squires.

In the center circle, McKee pitched seven innings, allowing four hits and four runs, one earned, with nine strikeouts and one walk.

The Squire baseball team, meanwhile, secured a 15-4 win on the road against Taylor on Wednesday in its season-opener.

Hayes Sturtsman earned the win on the mound for Manchester while adding two hits offensively. Trey McNall finished with two hits and five RBIs with three of those RBIs coming on a homer in the fifth inning.

Mason Roberts added two hits and two RBIs while Jeremiah Airgood, Brayden Lassiter, Grant Strobel and Mason Meyer had a hit each.

Southwood’s baseball team dropped its opener on Wednesday, falling to Blackford on the road 9-1.

The Bruins scored once in the second, five times in the fifth and three times in the sixth to earn the victory. Southwood’s lone run came in the seventh.

Mason Yentes had two hits while Logan Barley had the lone other hit on the night. Yentes notched the lone RBI on the night with Lucas Topliff scoring the run.

Barley pitched four innings, giving up six hits and one run on one walk and a strike. Clayton Wells pitched 1.2 innings, allowing five hits and eight runs, four earned, with four walks. Cameron Ball threw one inning for the Knights without allowing a hit or a walk.

Manchester’s boys’ golf team picked up a win at Honeywell Golf Course over Wabash on Wednesday 181-195.

Harley Kruschwitz finished with a 41 for the Squires while Nathan Self had a 45, Konrad Borgmann had a 46 and Logan Parrett a 49. Klayton Hendrix and Mathias McLaughlin had a 50 and 53, respectively.

Asif Khan finished with medalist honors for the Apaches with a 37. Blayze Shemwell carded a 49, Aidan Benysh a 53, Matthew Stein a 56 and Austin Wieland a 64.