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Norse baseball knock off Squires with late hit

TAG: Northfield's Jacob Truman (left) tags Manchester's Kam Lester (right) at the plate for the final out of Friday's game.

Staff reports

Northfield compounded a tough week for the Manchester baseball team at home on Friday, using a sixth-inning RBI triple and a terrific defensive play in the seventh to secure a 3-2 win, handing the Squires their third-straight Three Rivers Conference (TRC) loss.

Knotted at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Cole Rosen connected on a two-out single before taking second on the next pitch. Chance Hartman would then line a triple into the right centerfield gap to plate Rosen and give the hosts a 3-2 lead.

Manchester offered a retort with a two-out walk from Kam Lester. Mason Meyer’s liner into right field looked to be enough to tie the game but Lester would be gunned down at the plate to end the game and allow the Norse to win their fourth TRC game of the season.

Hartman and Clayton Tomlinson each finished 2-for-3 with an RBI in the win with Tomlinson and Rosen each scoring once. Braden Ripplinger knocked in a run and Michael Fisher scored the other run on the day.

Nate Drancik lasted four innings in the game to take a non-decision on the night, giving up four hits and two runs, one earned, on four walks and six strikeouts while allowing two hits. Jarret Shafer earned the win, pitching the final three innings, allowing just two hits with a strikeout and a walk.

For Manchester, Kyle Shepherd had two hits while Sam Martindale and Grant Strobel each scored a run. Mason Meyer took the loss, going 4.2 innings and allowing two runs, one earned, with five walks and four strikeouts. Strobel pitched 1.1 innings, allowing a run and two hits with two strikeouts.

Manchester returned to the diamond on Saturday and dropped a pair of contests at home on Saturday to Blackford, the first 11-7 and the second 8-4. 

Northfield, meanwhile, played just one game on Saturday, beating Tri-Central 4-3 with another late comeback. Tomlinson tied the game at 3-3 on an error in the sixth inning and back-to-back doubles from Tomlinson and Drancik gave the Norse the lead in the seventh.

Jonah Truman pitched 4.1 innings, allowing two hits and three unearned runs with seven strikeouts and four walks. Tomlinson earned the win, going 2.2 innings while allowing a hit and five strikeouts.

Apaches pick up TRC win

Wabash’s baseball team earned a 5-3 win over Tippecanoe Valley on the road on Friday for a bounceback TRC win. The Apaches finished with eight hits in total as Rob Irgang had two hits and three runs in the win.

Kallen Kelsheimer and Trenton Daughtry both had two hits with the former knocking in a run and the latter crossing home once. Joe Leland allowed six hits and three runs, but just one earned, in 6.1 innings with six strikeouts and no walks. Daughtry earned a save by pitching the final third of the seventh.

Southwood falls in pitcher’s duel

A trio of pitchers allowed just one run across six innings for Southwood but the offense could not pick up the slack as the Knights fell to Eastbrook on the road on Saturday, 1-0.

Logan Barley started the game, going two innings and giving up just one hit with two strikeouts. Koby Thomas allowed the lone run of the day on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Tristen Hayslett tossed the final two innings, striking out four.

Gabe Lloyd, Thomas and Hayslett all had a hit on the day.

Knight tennis drops match to Northwestern

The Southwood girls’ tennis team fell to Northwestern on the road on Saturday, falling 5-0 with each loss coming in straight sets.

Allison Steele fell at No. 1 singles 0-6, 0-6 while Baylee Swain fell at No. 2 singles 3-6, 0-6. Shyla Judy lost at No. 3 singles 2-6, 0-6.

In doubles play, Courtney Andrick and Makenna Normal lost 0-6, 0-6 at No. 1 doubles and Ariel Benner and Breklynne Swisher lost 0-6, 0-6.

Squires remain perfect in TRC play

The Manchester girls’ tennis team moved within a win over capturing the outright TRC title on Friday with a 5-0 win over Whitko, moving them to 7-0 in the conference.

Kelsey Eichenauer won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Halle Briner won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Eva Bazzoni won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.

Anna Osborne and Halie Wampler won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles and Morgan Stroud and Alyssa Marvel won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.

Northfield earns win on Senior Night

Northfield’s girls’ tennis team earned a win in its final home contest of the season, blanking Bluffton 5-0.

Chloe Miller won at No. 1 singles, Kelcie Thomson won at No. 2 singles and Macie Sears won at No. 3 singles. Erin Whetstone and Lyndsey Carter earned a win at No. 1 doubles and Tori Bogert and Allysa Haupert won at No. 2 doubles.

Wabash track competes at 9/10 Huntington Invite

At the annual Huntington Invitational for ninth and tenth graders, the Wabash boys’ track team took 10th on the day.

Jarret Wilson placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run while Ethan Kocher followed in sixth. Keegan O’Neill also took sixth in the shot put.

Apache softball drops TRC duel to Tippy Valley, pair to Taylor

The Wabash softball team fell in both games of its doubleheader to Taylor on Saturday after losing to Tippecanoe Valley on Friday.

In the TRC clash, Wabash committed five errors and allowed 18 hits by the Vikings to fall on the road, 5-3. Whitney Working took the loss, giving up 14 hits and 13 runs, five earned, with three strikeouts in four innings of work. Hannah Halverson pitched two innings, giving up two hits and one run.

Kylie Brumley went 2-for-3 with three RBIs while Sydnee Osborne and Working each had two hits while Kaydence Collins scored twice.

In Saturday’s opener, Wabash fell 3-1 after taking an early lead with a run in the first. Nine errors from the Apaches, though, led to three unearned runs. Halverson pitched five innings, giving up five hits, a walk and three unearned runs with a strikeout. Working pitched the final two innings, allowing a pair of hits.

Offensively, Taylor Mettler went 3-for-4 with a run while Katie Newman was 2-for-3.

The second game featured much more offense with the two sides combining for 29 hits with Taylor winning 13-6.

Taylor scored the first five runs of the game and never trailed in the contest. Working took the loss, allowing eight runs and nine hits in five innings with three strikeouts and three walks. Halverson allowed seven hits and five runs in two innings.

Osborne finished with three hits with a run and an RBI while Mettler and Halverson each had two hits.