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McKee guides Squires to shutout win

Staff reports

Manchester’s softball team earned its first two wins of the season on Thursday and Friday. The Squires first knocked off Central Noble 7-3 at home on Thursday before traveling to Wawasee and winning 10-0 on Friday.

In Thursday’s game, a five-run first inning powered the Squires to the win. Emma West and Carsyn Howard each had two hits with the latter picking up two RBIs as well. West, Howard, Ali Sites, Mackenzie Day, Kiera Stacy, Sydney and Torina Runkel all scored once.

Runkel earned the win on the mound with a complete game two-hitter as she walked nine and allowed two earned runs with one strikeout.

In Friday’s contest, Mattie McKee shined in the center circle, tossing a complete game four-hitter with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Offensively, Sites finished 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs while Stacy notched two hits, one run and four RBIs including a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

The Manchester baseball team fell at home on Friday to Eastern, 3-2. The Squires allowed a three-run second inning to the guests before plating two in the bottom of the seventh. The rally would fall just short though as the Squires managed just five hits on the day.

Grant Strobel pitched a complete game, giving up five hits and one walk with four strikeouts and three runs. Offensively, Strobel notched a hit and an RBI.

Mason Roberts finished with two hits while Kaleb Fluke and Sam Martindale had a hit apiece.

At the Eastbrook Invitational on Friday, the Southwood track teams both earned top-three finishes. The girls’ team took third place on the night while the boys’ team placed second.

Leading the Knight boys’ team was Braden Sweet with second-place finishes in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs and in the 3,200-meter relay alongside Liam McGouldrick, Cayden Prickett and Alix Winer.

In the girls’ meet, Morgan Farr took first in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs while Monica Hobson won the 3,200-meter run and Maggie Ball the high jump. 

On the diamond, the Wabash softball team fell 14-3 at Marion and the Southwood baseball team lost 24-0 at home against Mississinewa on Friday, but individual results for both games were unavailable as of deadline on Saturday.

Manchester’s tennis team up not only its second win in as many nights, but a conference and county win on Thursday night, downing Wabash at home 5-0.

Manchester’s Kelsey Eichenauer earned a 6-2, 6-1 win over Wabash’s Alexis Hartley while Halle Briner picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles over Brooke Irgang. Lydia Little earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 3 singles over Bella Carrillo.

The Squire duo of Kendra Auler and Evan Bazzoni won 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles against Isabelle France and Alicyn Sheets of Wabash while Erika Kendall and Lauren Metzger won 6-2, 6-3 for Manchester over Cami Kugler and Halle Miller.

Wabash’s track teams traveled to Mississinewa on Thursday for a meet with the boys’ team winning 62-51 and the girls’ team falling 61-59.

Victors for the boys’ team were Dereck Vogel in the high jump, Caleb Callahan in the 1,600-meter run, Austin Vinopal in the shot put and discus, Charly Smith in the 300-meter hurdles, Koby Prater in the 800-meter run and Zack Reed in the 3,200-meter run.

The 3,200-meter relay team of Reed, Prater, Callahan and Jacob Bruss was victorious as was the 1,600-meter relay team of Prater, Bruss, Jimmy Smith and Blakley Stevens.

In the girls’ meet, individual winners were Jordan Stumbo in the high jump, Trinidy Wyatt in the discus, Mariah Wyatt in the shot put, Kiley Stone in the 800-meter run and Chasity Honeycutt in the 400-meter dash.

The team of Stone, Cassidy Floor, Sierra Hall and Kennedy Brackett won the 3,200-meter relay while the team of Stone, Honeycutt, Viki Grzeszczuk and Madison Lutz won the 1,600-meter run.

Manchester’s track teams both earned victories at home against Tippecanoe Valley on Thursday. The boys’ team won 90-33 and the girls’ team earned a 70-49 win.

In the boys’ race, Montgomery Pattison earned wins in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, Isaiah Davis won the long jump and high jump, Trey Clark the 200-meter dash, Nic Wagner the 100-meter dash, Ethan Davis the 1,600-meter run and Ben Reichenbach the 3,200-meter run.

Victorious relay teams for the boys’ side were the 3,200-meter relay team of Pattison, Parker Yard, Sam Reichenbach and Wilson Nettleson, the 400-meter relay team of Fermin Guerrero, Jacob Burton, Clark and Wagner and the 1,600-meter relay team of Remington Trick, Tyler Andritsch, Wagner and Isaiah Davis.

The girls’ meet saw victories come from Katie Barker in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, Jaelyn Webb in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, Mikayla Genovese in the shot put and discus, Kailea Kerr in the 100- and 400-meter dashes and Maddie Evans in the 3,200-meter run.

The 3,200-meter relay team of Webb, Evans, Kara Klin and Sydney Diefenbaugh also earned a win.

On the diamond on Thursday, the Southwood softball team earned its third win of the season with a 10-7 decision at home against Southern Wells.

Four of the Knights’ ten runs came in the first frame before adding three apiece in the fourth and fifth innings.

Kassity Simpson and MaKenna Pace each finished with three hits and two runs while Tabitha Thomas had a pair of hits and two RBIs. Erin McGouldrick notched two hits and scored once.

Pace earned the win in the circle, throwing a complete game, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs on five walks with three strikeouts.

The Knight boys’ golf team fell at Sycamore Golf Club against Whitko on Thursday 186-194.

Carson Heath was co-medalist with a 42, Parker Mays carded a 47, Logan Arnold a 52, Ket Baldwin a 53 and Jayden Timmons a 61.

The Norse baseball team earned a decisive win on the road against Eastbrook on Thursday, 17-6.

After back-to-back four-run innings to open the contest, Northfield plated nine in the fourth to earn the win in five innings.

Chance Hartman finished 3-for-3 with three runs while Matt Coe was 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs. Blake Harner finished 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBIs while Jared Vigar was 1-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs.

Nate Drancik earned the win, pitching four innings and allowing three hits and four runs, three earned, on five walks with six strikeouts. Braden Ripplinger pitched an inning of relief, giving up two hits and two runs with no walks and a strikeout.

Northfield’s tennis team earned a 3-2 win over Whitko at home on Thursday to move to 1-1 on the season.

Victories came from Macie Sears at No. 2 singles 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), Katy Pefley and Indi Shear at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-0 and Kelcie Thomson and Erin Whetstone at No. 2 doubles 6-1, 6-4.

Sidney Prater fell at No. 1 singles 3-6, 0-6 while Chloe Miller lost at No. 3 singles 6-7 (6-8), 3-6.