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Knights upset Zebras on diamond

Staff reports

The Southwood softball team picked up a big upset win at home on Wednesday, knocking off the Three Rivers Conference (TRC) leaders in Rochester, 11-9.

Entering as one of the two teams in the conference with one loss along with North Miami, the Zebras fell behind 1-0 in the first before rebounding with a three-run third inning to take the lead. Southwood’s first big inning came in the bottom of the fourth as a 4-2 deficit turned to a 7-4 lead after a five-run inning.

All of the Knights’ scoring in the frame came with two outs, starting with a three-run homer from Kassity Simpson. Two batters later, MaKenna Pace doubled in a run before scoring on a wild pitch in the next at-bat to push the hosts ahead.

A homer from the Zebras pulled the guests back within a run at 7-6 but the two sides traded runs through the fifth and sixth innings. Rochester would score a run in the top of the seventh but the rally would fall short.

Simpson finished 1-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs while Tabitha Thomas and Erin McGouldrick each knocked in a pair of runs for Southwood. Pace finished 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.

Makenlie Lambert took the loss, giving up nine hits and nine runs, three earned, in seven innings with one walk.

The Knights are tied for second with a host of schools with two losses this season. Rochester, Whitko and Maconaquah all are 5-2 on the year while the Knights are 3-2.

The Knights are slated to meet Northfield at home on Friday with a start time of 5 p.m.


Norse win third straight

The Northfield softball team won its third game in as many days and its second-straight conference game in five innings with a 10-0 win at home over Wabash on Wednesday.

The scoring started in the second inning with a bases-loaded walk by Kenzie Baer. Jenna Krom knocked in another with an RBI single, Addi Baker would be hit by a pitch to bring in a run and Ally Keaffaber singled in a pair of runs. Abby Hunter would plate the sixth run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

The Norse scored twice more in the fourth and fifth innings each, ending the game on a bases-loaded double from Keaffaber, who finished with four RBIs on the day.

Hunter earned the win, giving up six hits and striking out three with a walk in her five innings of work.

Whitney Working took the loss, giving up 10 runs on seven hits with seven walks and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Working, Hannah Halverson, Sydnee Osborne, Kandon Pries and Kaydence Collins all had singles for the Apaches.


Squires fall to Braves at home

The Manchester softball team fell to 2-4 in TRC play on Wednesday with a 7-6 loss at home to Maconaquah.

The Squires led first at 1-0 and held a 3-2 lead heading into the fifth inning before a five-run fifth by the guests moved the Braves ahead 7-3.

Manchester scored twice in the sixth inning and had the bases loaded with one out but a baserunning gaffe cost the Squires a chance to tie the game on a sacrifice fly from Torina Runkel.

Kindra Stetzel homered with one out in the seventh but the Squires couldn’t manage to complete the comeback, falling one run short.

Emma West, Carsyn Howard and Andrea Kahn all had two hits on the day. Howard knocked in two runs and Stetzel scored twice in the loss.

Stetzel pitched 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs, three earned, with five strikeouts and four walks. Runkel pitched 2.2 innings, giving up a hit and a walk with two strikeouts.


Manchester drops second-straight TRC game

The Manchester baseball team fell in a TRC battle for the second time this week, losing to Maconaquah at home on Wednesday, 8-5.

The Braves never trailed on the night, going ahead with two runs in the second and never looking back. Manchester staged an abbreviated rally in the seventh trailing 8-2. Grant Strobel kicked off the scoring with an RBI double but an RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly hindered the comeback efforts before a flyout ended the game.

Mason Meyer finished 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs while Strobel, Thane Creager and Korbin Hensley had a hit apiece. Strobel scored twice and had an RBI while Trey Clark scored twice.

Mason Roberts tossed six innings, giving up nine hits and seven runs, four earned, with seven strikeouts and three walks. Justin Self pitched an inning, allowing a hit and an unearned run.

The Squires fall to 4-2 in TRC play and 10-6 overall.


Manchester, Southwood take part in three-way meet

At Round Barn Golf Club on Wednesday, the Manchester boys’ golf team picked up a win against Southwood and Rochester. The Squires finished with a score of 177, the Zebras fired a 193 and the Knights a 219.

Harley Kruschwitz was medalist with an even-par 36 for Manchester. Owen Kruschwitz fired a 39, Klayton Hendrix a 48, Mathias McLaughlin a 54 and Logan Parrett a non-scoring 58.

For Southwood, Carson Heat shot a 52, Ket Baldwin a 53, Baron Hedrick a 56 and Adam Spaulding a 58. Landon Topliff shot a non-scoring 78.


Squire tennis remains perfect in TRC

Manchester’s girls’ tennis team picked up a 4-1 home win over Peru on Wednesday to move to 6-0 in TRC play this season.

Kelsey Eichenauer earned a three-set win at No. 1 singles, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. At No. 2 singles, Halle Briner won 6-2, 6-0 and Eva Bazzoni won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 singles.

At No. 1 doubles, Anna Osborne and Halie Wampler lost 6-7 (4-7), 4-6 for the lone loss of the night. Rebekah Pyle and Alyssa Marvel won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.


Norse knock off Apaches on courts

The Northfield girls’ tennis team earned a 3-2 win on the road against Wabash on Wednesday.

Chloe Miller won 6-2, 6-3 over Brook Irgang at No. 1 singles for Northfield while Macie Sears won 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 at No. 3 singles against Isabel France. The No. 1 doubles team of Erin Whetstone and Lyndsey Carter won 7-6, 6-2 over Halle Miller and Camille Kugler.

Wabash earned its points from Bella Carrillo at No. 2 singles with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win and from Annie Cole and Evelynn Gray with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles.