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Pace powers Knights past Bluffton

SWING: Southwood's MaKenna Pace connects with a pitch during the Knights' game against Maconaquah earlier this season.

- Staff reports

MaKenna Pace slugged a two-run homer for Southwood’s softball team on Thursday and knocked in five runs, powering the Knights to a 16-10 win over hosts Bluffton.

Southwood only had 12 hits on the day but had four extra-base hits and took advantage of five errors by the Tigers. Southwood also drew eight walks and scored in six of the seven innings on the day.

The Knights scored seven runs in the first two innings but allowed five runs in the first two innings. Bluffton tied the game with two runs in the third after the Knights were held scoreless but the hosts reclaimed the lead with two runs in each the next two innings. Southwood capped off its day with four runs in the seventh inning, including Pace’s two-run homer to end the scoring.

Pace finished 3-for-5 with three runs on the day to go with her three RBIs. Kassity Simpson was 2-for-3 with four runs and two RBIs with her own homer on the night. Maddie Turner had two hits and three runs in the win.

In the center circle, Pace tossed five innings, giving up five hits and 10 runs, six earned, with three strikeouts and five walks to earn the win. Makenlie Lambert pitched the final two innings, giving up three hits and a walk with a strikeout to notch the save.


Southwood falls in three-way meet

The Knight boys’ golf team competed in a three-way meet with Eastbrook and Southern Wells Southwood placed third with a score of 192 on the day. Eastbrook finished with a 181 and Southern Wells carded a 187.

Carson Heath was team medalist with a round of 43. Ket Baldwin fired a 48, Baron Hedrick a 50, Adam Spaulding a 51 and Logan Arnold a non-scoring 53.


Knights fall to Zebras on road

The Southwood girls’ tennis team hit the road to take on Blackford, falling 3-2.

Victory for Southwood came at No. 3 singles from Madison Snyder, 7-5, 6-0, and from Anna Ridgeway and Shyla Judy at No. 2 doubles, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Allison Steele fell at No. 1 singles 0-6, 4-6, Ariel Benner lost at No. 2 singles 1-6, 1-6 and the duo of Courtney Andrick and Makenna Normal lost at No. 1 doubles 5-7, 7-5, 2-6.


Wabash falls to Madison-Grant

The Apache girls’ tennis team fell to Madison-Grant on the road on Thursday in convincing fashion, 5-0.

Brook Irgang fell at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 3-6, 4-10, and Bella Carrillo fell at No. 2 singles 2-6, 6-4, 7-10. Isabel France lost at No. 3 singles, 3-6, 2-6.

Halle Miller and Camille Kugler lost 0-6, 2-6 at No. 1 doubles and Annie Cole and Evelynn Gray lost 3-6, 1-6 at No. 2 doubles.


Squires fall to ranked Carroll

Facing No. 4 Fort Wayne Carroll, the Manchester girls’ tennis team fell 5-0 on the road on Thursday with all five losses coming in straight sets.

Kelsey Eichenauer lost 2-6, 3-6 at No. 1 singles, Halle Briner lost 1-6, 3-6 at No. 2 singles and Eva Bazzoni lost 0-6, 1-6 at No. 3 singles. In doubles play, Anna Osborne and Halie Wampler lost 0-6, 0-6 at No. 1 doubles and Rebekah Pyle and Morgan Stroud lost 1-6, 2-6 at No. 2 doubles.