KOKOMO — KOKOMO — Cass County won bragging rights in the inaugural North Central Indiana High School Softball Challenge at the Kingsway Sports Complex. The two-day event wrapped up Wednesday.
Cass County beat Howard County 2-1 Wednesday and finished with a perfect 3-0 record in the round-robin tournament. Howard County finished 2-1, Tipton County went 1-2 and Miami County finished 0-3.
In the Cass-Howard clash, Betsy Bingaman (Pioneer) earned the win and Christine Skaggs (Kokomo) took the hard-luck loss.
Cass County had seven hits. Megan Carden (Lewis Cass) led the way with a triple, Bailey McIntire (Logan) had a double, Kayte Miller (Pioneer) had two singles and Bingaman, Bailey Kelley (Logan) and Brittany Cunningham (Lewis Cass) each chipped in a single.
For Howard County, Maddie Heflin (Northwestern), Caitlin Arnold (Taylor) and Samantha Johnson (Kokomo) each had a single.
The following are capsules on the tournament’s other games.
Cass County 16,
Tipton County 2
Kayte Miller and McKinzie Mills (Logan) each belted a double and two singles to lead Cass County’s 20-hit explosion against Tipton County.
Also for CC, McIntire had a double and a single, Emily Prentice (Logan) had three singles and Bingaman, Carden, Kelley and Lindsey Miller (Pioneer) each had two singles.
Bingaman picked up the win
Tipton County had an incomplete team.
Cass County 16,
Miami County 2
Bingaman belted a triple and a double to lead CC’s 12-hit attack against MC.
McIntire had three singles, Mills had a double and a single, winning pitcher McIntire helped her own cause with three singles, Kayte Miller and Prentice chipped in a double apiece and Madyson Price (Logan) had two singles.
The Miami squad had five hits including singles from Bailey Briggs (North Miami), JeanAnne Donaldson (NM), Makinsey Honn (Peru) and Tia Koon (Maconaquah). Ally Safranek (Mac) took the loss.
Howard County 16,
Miami County 1
Brooke Stout (Eastern) smacked a triple and a single to lead HC’s nine-hit showing against MC. Winning pitcher Skaggs helped her own cause with a double and Heflin, Kindra Gingerich (Northwestern), Abby Oyler (Eastern), Bri Childress (Western), Evie Glover (Western) and Lindsay Duncan (Taylor) each had a single.