From Staff Reports
---- — With five starters back from last year’s sectional championship team, Winamac’s softball team enters the season with big expectations.
But the Warriors did not get off to the start they were looking for Tuesday, as they were handed an 18-0 defeat in five innings by Triton at the Winamac Town Park field.
“It was the first game of the season. We’ve got a whole lot more to play,” Winamac coach Jenni Belcher said. “We’ve got all kinds of time to see what we can do and improve. Things didn’t go our way. We need to get things pointed in the right direction.”
The Warriors managed just one hit on the night, a single by Kallie Rasmussen.
“We didn’t put the ball in play enough. We had way too many strikeouts,” Belcher said. “We need to do a better job at the plate.”
Triton, which also was a sectional champion a year ago, bashed out 17 hits including three home runs.
Bethany Brogdon got the start for the Warriors and allowed 11 runs on 11 hits and five walks in three innings, striking out three. Rasmussen allowed seven runs on six hits and one walk in two innings, striking out two.
Winamac travels to LaCrosse on Friday.
Pioneer 8, Faith Christian 0
Katie Bingaman tossed a three-hit shutout in Lafayette, striking out nine and walking two.
Brooklyn Mehrley had two hits and two RBIs for the Class A No. 5 Panthers (2-1). Kennedy Nies added a two-run double and a single.
“We played a good game defensively,” Pioneer coach John Bingaman said. “They are better this year. They entered 2-1 and their only loss was to Southmont.”
Pioneer hosts No. 10 Carroll and Class 3A No. 10 Rochester on Saturday.
Logansport vs. Harrison
Today’s game has been moved to Harrison with a 6 p.m. start time.
Rochester 5, Caston 2
Rochester pitchers Cyrus Holland, Tanner Hampton and Andrew Feldman combined for a no-hitter to lead the Zebras (1-0) over the visiting Comets (0-1).
Despite being no-hit, the Comets still took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. Nate Callender had an RBI sac fly to score Jake Kingery in the fifth inning and John Martin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth to give Caston the lead.
But the Zebras scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth.
“Jake Kingery pitched well the first five innings. He led off the sixth with two walks so we brought in Parker Long,” Caston coach Blake Mollenkopf said. “We misplayed a bunt. It rolled into right field and allowed two runs to score. Then we made another error that allowed two more runs to score. In two plays we gave up four runs, so we beat ourselves in that situation.”
Plus, the Rochester trio of pitchers shut the Comets down.
“They have three stud pitchers. They have a good club this year,” Mollenkopf said.
The Caston pitchers allowed just three hits. Kingery allowed three earned runs on two hits and five walks in five-plus innings, striking out five. Long allowed one earned run on one hit in one inning with a strikeout.
Caston travels to South Newton on Saturday to open Midwest Conference play.
Delphi 7, Pioneer 1
The Class 2A No. 7 Oracles (1-0) came out hitting by scoring seven runs on nine hits, while the Panthers (0-1) came up only one run on two hits.
“It was the first game of the season,” Pioneer coach Dick Farrer said. “We put it in play, and we only struck out six times. Neither pitcher did a bad job. We walked three and they walked two. We played well for the first game.”
Tucker Waddups and Deven Smith each had a single in leading Pioneer. Peyton Smith had a sacrifice for an RBI. Deven Smith was the losing pitcher. He pitched the first three innings, allowing two earned runs.
Carroll 10, Winamac 6
The Cougars topped the Warriors in Winamac.
Levi Schultz led the Warriors (0-1) at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double, triple and two RBIs. Jeremy Bentle went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Maverick Schultz went 1-for-3 with a triple and RBI.
J.T. Garnett got the start and allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings before he was removed due to a blister. Jeremy Bentle relieved and allowed two earned runs in 3 2/3.
The Warriors trailed 7-6 entering the seventh but allowed three unearned runs in the top of the frame. They also allowed two unearned runs in the first.
The Warriors travel to Pioneer Saturday to open MWC play.
Winamac 102, West Central 21
Winamac opened its season by dominating in winning 11 individual events, and Warrior coach Jeff Beach knows there is a lot of room for improvement.
“We are not in track shape yet,” Beach said. “We were anxious to get the season underway and see where we were with times on several of our runners. It was encouraging to see how we performed, but we are still not in track shape.”
Zach Markley led Winamac as a quadruple winner, and Kyle Collins was a triple winner. Markley won in the 100-meter dash, 200 dash, 400 run and high jump. Collins was tops in the 800 run, 1,600 run and 3,200 run.
Other winners for the Warriors were Zen Zupin (300 hurdles), Parker Fox (long jump), Dalton Button (shot put) and Brent Howard (discus).
Caston 80.5, North White 60.5, Faith Christian 14
The Comets took charge by winning 11 of the 15 events.
Caston’s Andrew Smith led the way as a quadruple winner. Seth Cousins and Santiago Henderson were triple winners, and Quentin Douglass and Dalton Daily were double winners. Smith won in the 100-meter dash (:11.5), 200 dash (:24.6) and long jump (18-0). Cousins was tops in the 1,600 run (5:26) and 3,200 run (10:26). Henderson took first in the 800 run (2:24.7). Douglass came home in first in the high jump (5-4), and Daily won in the 400 run (1:00.7). Also, Dawson Oliver won in the 110 hurdles (:19.4).
Smith, Henderson and Douglass joined Dustin Offenberger in winning the 4x100 relay (:50.7), and Henderson, Daily and Cousins teamed up with Darin Chew in taking the 4x800 relay (9:52.8).
Winamac 83, West Central 40
Morgan Ball led Winamac as a quadruple winner. Missy Bailey, Claire Collins and Stephanie Shorter were triple winners, and Sara Bailey was a double winner.
Ball won in the 100 dash and 200 dash. Missy Bailey was tops in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Collins came up with wins in the 1,600 run and 3,200 run. Shorter won in the 400 run and high jump.
Ball joined Anna Downing, Marilyn Martindale and Dakota Heims in winning the 4x100 relay. Sara Bailey, Missy Bailey, Ball and Shorter teamed up to winning the 4x400 relay and Sara Bailey and Collins were joined by Dagny Zupin and Jaydyn Scott in taking first in the 4x800 relay.
North White 78, Caston 46, Faith Christian 30
Adrianna Dague was a double winner for the Comets. Dague was tops in the 1,600 run (6:01) and 3,200 run (13:00). Morgan Clupper won the shot put (28-9), and Kim Cress came in first in the discus (77-9.5). Megan Evans, Haley Small, Kara Hizer and Haley Rigney in winning the 4x100 relay (:59.1).