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Kruschwitz helps Squires beat Apaches

CHIP: Wabash’s Blayze Shemwell chips a shot onto the green during the Apaches game against Northfield and Eastbrook earlier this week.

Staff reports

Battling the wind and cold, the Manchester and Wabash boys’ golf teams battled at Sycamore Golf Club on Wednesday.

Behind a medalist round of two-under 34 from Harley Kruschwitz, the Squires earned a comfortable victory on the night, winning 174-195. Kruschwitz birdied the opening and closing holes of his round with seven pars in-between.

Owen Kruschwitz followed his brother with a round of 39 while Konrad Borgmann fired a 49 on the night. Klayton Hendrix and Mathias McLaughlin carded rounds of 52 and 53, respectively.

For Wabash, Blayze Shemwell led the way with a 44 while Asif Khan followed with a 45. Taylor Coffman and Wyatt Davis had matching rounds of 53 while Andrew Dinkins had a non-scoring 59.

Squire tennis sweeps Eagles in opener

In-between rain showers on Wednesday, the Manchester girls’ tennis picked up a convincing win over Columbia City on the road to kick-off the season, downing the Eagles 5-0.

All five of the matches for Manchester were straight-set victories, starting with Kelsey Eichenauer’s 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles. Halle Briner won at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-1 and Eva Bazzoni won at No. 3 singles 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles play, Anna Osborne and Halie Wampler won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles and the duo of Rebekah Pyle and Alyssa Marvel won at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-2.

Manchester softball nabs first victory

Behind a one-hitter by Torina Runkel, the Manchester softball team picked up its first win of the year, downing Churubusco on the road 10-0.

Runkel was magnificent on the night, allowing the lone hit and a walk while striking out four in the shutout.

Kindra Stetzel did the heavy lifting at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs while Emma West went 2-for-4 with two runs. Emma Garriott finished with a game-high three RBIs while going 1-for-4 with a run.

Manchester scored once in the second inning and twice in the third before plating seven runs across their final two at-bats.

The Squires will host Wawasee on Friday looking for their second win.

Errors cost Knights at home vs. Blackford

Four errors doomed the Southwood baseball team at home on Wednesday as the Knights fell to Blackford, 9-2.

An error in the third inning extended the frame before an RBI-single and a three-run homer from the Bruins overturned a 2-1 deficit to a 5-2 lead. Blackford would not look back from that point, adding four more runs in the fifth to cushion its lead.

Logan Barley pitched four innings, allowing five hits and seven runs but just two earned with two walks and five strikeouts. Alex Farr tossed a pair of innings, allowing three hits and two walks with two runs and a strikeout. Cameron Ball took the mound for the final inning, allowing two hits and a walk but no runs.

Barley finished 3-for-3 with a run and two RBIs with a two-run homer in the first inning giving Southwood an early lead. Farr, Ball and Conner Rich each had a hit in the loss.