From Staff Reports
Pioneer’s boys golf team took down Midwest Conference stalwart Winamac at the conference meet at Pond View G.C. on Friday.
The Panthers defeated the Warriors by five strokes, 338-343. The Panthers won their first MWC title since 2002.
Tri-County was third with 372, followed by South Newton (406), West Central (416) and Caston (450).
“I’ve said all along if Winamac struggles and we play to near our potential, it’ll be a close match,” Pioneer coach Jess Robinson said. “That’s what happened. Our boys played well. We made some scores we haven’t done yet this year. I thought we were capable all along. There’s still room for us to get a little better.
“It means a lot to the boys. It means a lot to Pioneer, to myself, to get a conference title against obviously the class of the conference in Winamac. They’ll be one of the teams vying to get out of the sectional.”
Winamac had won three MWC titles in a row and seven of eight.
“They are the major of the conference,” Robinson said. “I’ve been coaching the boys for 16 years. Frankly they always have been. Even this year they are by and large the best team in the conference. If we play 10 times, they probably win eight, nine times.”
But this day belonged to the Panthers. The golfers teed off at noon on Friday at Pond View and Robinson said the conditions were fine.
The Panthers had consistent scores across the board and their top four golfers earned All-Midwest Conference honors. Mitchell Williams led the way with an 83 despite three straight double bogeys to close his round. He was followed by Garrett Schreyer (84), Carter Skaggs (85), Alex Boonstra (86). Tyler Beaupre (90) earned all-conference honorable mention.
Winamac sophomore Adam Gruenig shot an 80 to earn medalist and Player of the year honors. Freshman teammate Karsten Roudebush followed with an 81. Beau Conner shot an 88 to earn honorable mention. Bryan Larkin had a 94, and Kyle Hettinger shot a 96.
Trey Doan led Caston with a 103, followed by Garrett Gray (105), Conner Martin (118), Zach Herd (124) and Nic Richter (136).
Kyle Hall led West Central with a 98, followed by Levi Fletcher (100), Jake Stevens (106), Garrett Grieger (112) and Josh Kottka (138).
Also earning honorable mention were Tri-County’s Seth Budreau (92) and Dane Hardebeck (92).
Winamac 3, West Central 2
Zach Shidler got the complete-game win on the mound and also had the game-winning hit at the plate in Francesville.
The Warriors (6-12, 2-9 MWC) won their fourth game in a row. They’ll complete the two-game set at West Central on Tuesday.
Shidler allowed two runs (none earned) on two hits and two walks, striking out 11. He hit a two-run double in the top of the fifth inning that erased a 2-1 deficit.
Levi Schultz went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Shidler went 2-for-3 and added a stolen base. Jeremy Bentle added a double.
“Zach Shidler pitched a good game. He did a good job of getting ahead of the hitters,” Winamac coach Tony Carroll said. “We did get two or three bunts down, but we missed some opportunities. We didn’t get two suicide squeezes down and missed an opportunity to get two runs there. That was a little disappointing. Bunting has been the key to our four-game winning streak. We’ve been much improved over the last four or five games with bunting and our defense has also played much better over the last four or five games.”
Caston 7, Argos 5
A pair of freshmen, Brayton Jellison and Trey Young, combined for the win at Argos.
Jellison (1-0) allowed four runs (none earned) on two hits and three walks in five innings, striking out two. Young got the two-inning save, allowing one run on one hit, striking out two.
Chandler DeBarge went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for the Comets (14-5). Corey Moss went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Caleb Rowe went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
The Comets got away with committing seven errors in the contest.
“It was a little bit of a grind,” Caston coach Blake Mollenkopf said. “We threw a pair of freshmen pitchers. ... I’m really proud of those guys for coming in and throwing a good game for us to be able to save our top three or four pitchers for Frontier. We hit the ball well in spots. We have to be sharper defensively for tomorrow.”
The Class A No. 9 Comets host No. 1 Frontier for a big MWC twinbill.
“We need to come in and play solid baseball,” Mollenkopf said. “They’ve got some really nice arms on the mind. We have to be focused on putting the ball in play a lot. The magic number is seven or eight strikeouts. They throw hard and are going to get some strikeouts. They’ve been getting 14 or 15 strikeouts, and we need to cut that in half and put the ball in play, play some small ball and score some runs. Our pitchers need to attack their hitters and throw strikes and we have to play good defense.”
Cass 9, South Adams 3
Blake Cain (2-0) got the win for the Kings in Walton. John Hartley relieved in the sixth inning and Josh Rankert relieved in the seventh.
Austin Clem hit a three-run home run and added a single to lead the Kings (14-3) at the plate. Ryan Bixler and Jake Wilburn each had a double. Kyle Dwiggins had two singles.
“The boys are playing pretty good,” Cass coach Greg Marschand said. “He hope to continue to get better tomorrow than we were today. Right now we’re fun to watch. We played a good game. South Adams has won 13 or 14 games and was a quality opponent. It was good to see us play so well.”
Cass next travels to Caston on Monday for a makeup game with a 4:30 p.m. start.
New Castle at Logansport
The North Central Conference doubleheader scheduled for today has been moved back to a 1 p.m. start time.
Caston 8, Argos 6, 8 innings
Tori Rentschler went 3-for-5 with an RBI at the plate and got the complete-game win on the mound. She allowed three earned runs on seven hits, striking out 11.
Chelsi Robbins and Jordan Moss each added three hits for the Comets.
Caston defeated Knox 11-6 on Thursday. Marli Leazenby had three extra base hits to lead the way, with two doubles and a triple. Katie Henry added an RBI triple. Tori Rentschler had an RBI double, and Tierney Rentschler added an RBI single. Tori Rentschler was the winning pitcher.
Pioneer 15, Culver Acedemy 1, 5 innings
Kayte Miller led Pioneer’s (18-5) offensive onslaught with a home run and a single with three runs batted in. Katie Bingaman followed with a single, double and three RBIs, and Riley Morrris added a double and two RBIs. Kenedy Callaway came away with a double.
Betsy Bingaman was the winning pitcher. She pitched the first three innings, allowing no runs on one hit with four strikeouts. Katie Bingaman came in relief, pitching the last two innings, allowing one run (none earned) on one hit while striking out one.
Winamac 7, Tippecanoe Valley 3
The Warriors (12-6) started the game off by scoring four runs in the first inning to take a 4-0 lead, which ended up being the final margin in the 7-3 win.
Kallie Rasmussen (3-0) was the winning pitcher. Rasmussen allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout.
“I am so pleased with our defensive effort [Friday],” Winamac coach Jennifer Belcher said. “We had several players diving after balls and covering a ton of ground to make some outstanding plays. Bethany Brogdon, Chantel Heinsen and Heidi Hendryx led the defensive effort. It was great to see.”
Brogdon led the Warriors with a single, double and an RBI. Hendryx and Macy Bischoff each added two singles and an RBI.
Logansport 3, Huntington North 2
Logansport’s (14-3, 4-2 NCC) singles trio only gave up a total of six games in its North Central Conference win. The Berries’ No. 1 singles player Whitney Jennings shut out her opponent 6-0, 6-0. Logansport’s No. 2 singles player Rachel Jennings won 6-4, 6-0, and the No. 3 singles player Brooke Bullard was tops 6-1, 6-1.
Cass 3, Maconaquah 2
Cass (8-2) improved to 5-1 in the Mid-Indiana Conference with the win over Maconaquah.
The Kings’ No. 2 singles player, Gabi Hartley, won by shutout, 6-0, 6-0. Cass’ No. 1 doubles team of Kirsten Dollar and Katie Leach won 6-4, 6-3, and the No. 2 doubles team of Kirsten Carbaugh and Khyla Wilson won 6-0, 6-2.