From Staff Reports
---- — Maddie Kiser’s impressive freshman track and field campaign will end with a chance to compete in the state finals in Bloomington.
Kiser of Pioneer was crowned regional champion Tuesday in the 400-meter dash in :57.66 at Fort Wayne Northrop’s Spuller Stadium.
The state finals are on June 6 at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at Indiana University.
Tuesday was a culmination of a season of dedication and perseverance for the Panther frosh.
“Honestly, I had my doubts,” Kiser said. “I knew I had a chance, but this field is so competitive. I just went out and gave it my best because I knew nothing is guaranteed in a big meet like this. I’m overjoyed. I’ve been training for indoor track since October, so I’ve been working hard for eight months. I’m overwhelmed by the accomplishment. It took a lot of hard work.”
Lewis Cass set two school records in relay events on the night. The 4x100 relay team of Maci Maupin, Brooke Langley, Claire Crum and Kelsey Smith finished ninth in :50.88. The 4x400 relay of Karli DeHaven, Maupin, Smith and Crum placed seventh in 4:10.85.
Crum also placed seventh in the 400 in 1:01.53 and finishes her career owning four Cass track records. Smith placed eighth in the 200 in :26.89.
Pioneer’s Mati DeWitt was sixth in the discus (107-10). The Panthers 4x400 relay team placed 10th (4:16.43).
- Josh Sigler
Cass 6, Manchester 3
The Kings advanced to the championship game of the Class 2A Wabash Sectional.
Cass (12-16) will face Oak Hill (16-10) at 7 p.m. Thursday night in the final at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. Oak Hill advanced with a 14-6 win over Southwood in the later semifinal Tuesday.
For the second straight sectional game Cass junior right-hander Cheyenne Dittmaier did not allow an earned run in a complete-game win. She allowed six hits and two walks on Tuesday, striking out three.
Alexa Humerickhouse had two hits including a home run for the Kings. Hailey Holt went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Miranda Cunningham had a hit and two RBIs, and Kassi Zeck added a hit and RBI.
The Kings are seeking their third straight sectional title.
“We just have to keep doing what we’re doing,” Cass coach Jennifer Scott said. “We’re hitting the ball well, fielding well, Cheyenne pitched another great game.”
Cass defeated Oak Hill 4-3 during the regular season but Scott said neither team pitched their top pitcher.
Manchester finishes 14-10.
Caston vs. South Newton
Caston trails South Newton 2-0 in the second inning. The game was postponed due to the weather and will resume at 5:30 p.m. today.
North Miami defeated Tri-County 12-0 in five innings in the earlier semifinal Tuesday.
The final will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Doubles state tournament
Cass’ No. 1 doubles team of Kirsten Carbaugh and Khyla Wilson defeated Kokomo’s Stephanie Kailey and AnneMarie Balsbaugh 6-0, 6-3 at the Kokomo individual sectional.
The Kings duo will next face the winner between Twin Lakes and Tipton.
“Khyla and Kirsten came out sharp and made some good volleys; the Kokomo girls were a little tight,” Cass coach Stu starting to get some solid points, but we were able to hold on to get the win.”
Caston 9, Oregon-Davis 3
Trey Young and Galen Rentschler combined to shut down the Bobcats in Fulton.
Young allowed three runs on four hits and six walks in 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight. Rentschler pitched 1 2/3 of scoreless relief, striking out two and allowing just a hit and a walk.
John Martin went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Brayton Jellison doubled twice and scored a pair of runs. Jake Kingery added a 2-for-4 effort with a run scored.
“We got a solid pitching performance from Trey and Galen tonight. I was pleased how they competed on the mound,” Caston coach Blake Mollenkopf said. “Defensively we made plays behind them. Offensively we were able to put pressure on the defense and took advantage of some timely bunting and hitting. We will look to carry this momentum into tomorrow night’s sectional game.”
Caston (4-22) faces No. 6 North White at 5:30 p.m. today in the first game of the Class A Tri-County Sectional in Remington.
Tippy Valley 6, Winamac 4
Brent Evans homered for the Warriors against visiting Tippecanoe Valley.
Devin Kistler went 2-for-3 with a run scored. J.T Garnett doubled and had an RBI.
Freshman Jack DeGroot took the loss, allowing six runs on 12 hits, striking out seven.
The Warriors played well and trailed just 2-1 after four and 5-4 after six.
The Warriors (9-15) face Rensselaer (8-14) at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Class 2A Delphi Sectional.
Coach Don Howe said the Warriors’ regular-season game against the Bombers was cancelled due to a conference rescheduled game. He added the Bombers play two conference games each against tough Hoosier Conference foes and have defeated common opponents Rochester, Knox and North Judson.
The championship game is Monday with No. 3 Lafayette Central Catholic and No. 8 Delphi on the other side of the bracket.
Garnett and Dylan Hintz are the likely starters for the Warriors on the mound for sectional play.