May 23, 2014

Friday roundup: Logan tennis claims 4th straight sectional crown

Logansport’s girls tennis team was down match point in the deciding match against Lewis Cass before prevailing in a sectional semifinal on Thursday.

While Friday’s final against Twin Lakes did not provide the same dramatics, it was still a close one. The Berries recorded a second straight 3-2 victory and claimed their fourth sectional title in a row.

Logan (14-5) faces Eastern (15-4) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kokomo Regional. Eastern defeated Kokomo 3-2 in a sectional final Friday. No. 1-ranked Carmel is also in the regional field.

Logansport’s Abby Geer bounced back from a loss at No. 3 singles the night before for a 6-1, 6-1 win over Twin Lakes’ Mattie-Catherine Mote to get the Berries’ first point of the night.

Twin Lakes’ No. 1 doubles team of Leah Crabb and Chayse Lehocky defeated Karli Armstrong and Christine Shepler 6-1, 6-1 to tie the match at 1-1. Crabb and Lehocky will face Cass’ Kirsten Carbaugh and Khyla Wilson at next week’s individual sectional at Kokomo.

Logan’s No. 2 doubles team of Kayleigh Dance and Rachel Sims, who were the heroes of the win over Lewis Cass, recorded a 6-3, 6-1 win over TL’s Ashley Halsen and Madison Hardebeck.

That win all but guaranteed a sectional title for Logan, as Whitney Jennings was leading her match at No. 1 singles. While Courtney Bowsman was impressive in taking five games against Jennings, the Miss Basketball award winner prevailed with a 6-3, 6-2 win to secure the championship.

Jennings improved to 19-0 on the season. She is 43-1 the last two seasons and 87-6 over her four-year career.

With the other four matches decided, Brooke Bullard was just entering the second set against Halston Lehocky at No. 2 singles. Lehocky recorded a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 win for the Indians’ second point of the night.

Both of the Berries’ sectional wins in large part came down to the No. 2 doubles match.

“Today’s match I went in pretty confident,” Dance said. “It was a little sketchy at first because we were still playing like we did yesterday, but we came out on top so I was pretty happy about that.”

Dance and Sims were down match point at 4-5 in the third set against Cass’ Ali Hartley and Sabrina Morgan on Thursday before taking the final three games of a 7-6, 6-7, 7-5 win to keep the Berries’ season and sectional streak alive.

“It was well fought on both sides,” Dance said. “We both worked really hard and it just came down I guess to who wanted it more. It was tough, it was very tough.”

Sims said it was the most pressure-packed situation she’s been in.

“I don’t think I’ve ever played with that many spectators watching before,” she said, adding that her doubles partner helped to settle her down.

“I don’t think I could have done it without my teammate.”

Dance added, “That was so nerve-racking. That was very nerve-racking because after every point you would hear a cheer and you didn’t know. That was crazy. It was crazy.

“I’m just glad we came out on top. It was really relieving.”


Cass 14, Peru 11

The Kings overcame an early 9-1 deficit to win on senior night.

Cass scored nine in the bottom of the second to take a 10-9 lead in what was a wild contest. Jake Wilburn entered in the third and shut the Tigers down for the most part the rest of the way.

The Tigers took an 11-10 lead with two runs in the third but didn’t score again. The Kings took a 12-11 lead after three and added two more runs in the sixth.

Ryan Bixler, Noah Byers and Owen Ohman each had a double and single for the Kings. Kyle Dwiggins and Brandon Carden each added two singles.

The two teams combined for 30 hits for the game and 17 runs in the second inning alone.

“I think Peru’s won 14 or 15 games. They’ve got some great athletes,” Cass coach Greg Marschand said. “To get behind 9-1 early, some teams would tuck their tails in and feel sorry for themselves but our guys didn’t flinch and battled right back. I’m proud of the way they fought back.

“It was a great team effort. It was a great chance to see what they’re made of.”

The Kings (15-5, 5-2 Mid-Indiana Conference) finish in second place alone in the league standings behind Western, which ran the table.

The Kings face Lafayette Central Catholic for one game at noon today in Walton.

Winamac 6, Culver 4

The Warriors (8-13) had to come from behind to win their fourth game in a row.

“It was a 3-1 game at one point. We took the lead in the fifth inning and held on for deer life,” Winamac coach Don Howe said. “We didn’t play our best, but we came back and got the win.”

Brent Evans led Winamac with two doubles and two RBIs. J.T. Garnett added two singles. Dylan Hintz contributed with a double and RBI.

Jeremy Bentle was the winning pitcher. Bentle allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits and three walks. He struck out four. Jack DeGroot picked up the save by striking out the final batter of the game.

Richmond 4, Logan 3

The Berries (16-9, 4-6 North Central Conference) dropped their sixth league game of the season. All of them have been of the tough variety and Friday’s loss at Turner Field fell into that category.

The Berries scalded the ball to the outfield all night but had just three runs to show for it.

“We hit the ball at them all day,” Logan coach Jim Turner said. “I told the players that they did their job. Their job is to go up and hit the ball hard. And they did. They just hit the ball at people. I don’t know if we’ve ever done that. Usually we find the gaps. Their players were really playing deep and we hit the ball out there.”

Clayton Frye took the loss. He allowed four runs on nine hits in a complete-game effort.

“Clayton was really sharp, did a great job. He had his pitches going,” Turner said.

Frye had two pickoffs on the night and would have had a third but was called for a balk on a pickoff attempt with two outs in the third inning that allowed Richmond’s third run to score. The Red Devils added another run in the frame to take a 4-0 lead.

Logan scored two in the bottom of the frame, one on a double play grounder by Kyle Jordan and an unearned run on an error. The Berries argued that the first baseman dropped the ball on Jordan’s double play grounder but to no avail.

“I thought he dropped the ball. Whether or not he had it long enough, that’s a judgement call. The umpire said that he did,” Turner said.

The Berries got to within 4-3 in the fifth on a one-out RBI double by Chris Jones. But he was left stranded, with one of the outs recorded on one of the Berries’ lasers to the outfield that was caught.

They also put runners on first and second with one out in the sixth but left them stranded with a couple of fly outs. They got the tying run on second in the seventh with two outs before a strikeout ended the game.

Frye finished with two hits on the night. Jacob Shelton added a double. Marcus Record, Cooper Kinnaman and Travis Palmer added a base hit apiece.

Logan hosts Muncie Central for a twinbill today on senior day.


Logan 14, Zionsville 4

The Berries exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning against the Eagles to end it early.

The Berries (18-8) have won 14 of 15 entering the tournament.

Sydney Thompson had three hits including a home run and four RBIs on the night. Emily Prentice, Kristie Flora, Abbi Zartman and Lauren Pruitt had two hits apiece. Flora and Pruitt each added two RBIs on the night, and Prentice had a double and RBI. Mallory Rowe doubled and Bailey Kelley and Kennedy Curl each added a single.

Bailie Long (12-4) allowed four runs on six hits.

The Berries face McCutcheon at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Harrison Sectional.

In the regular-season matchup the Mavericks defeated the Berries 6-4 on April 12 during the first week of the season.

But the Mavericks have had a rough season since then in what has been a rebuilding year for them. Hall of Fame coach Jim Bates, who won a state title in 2008 and started the program, is coaching his final season as his contract surprisingly was not renewed for next season, according to the Lafayette Journal and Courier.

Cass 6, Pioneer 4

The Kings avenged a loss to the Panthers at the Twin Lakes Invite with a win on senior night.

Cheyenne Dittmaier got the win, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits, striking out four.

Dittmaier helped her own cause with two hits and an RBI. Miranda Cunningham had two hits and three RBIs. Savanna Thompson and Ashton McClain added two hits apiece.

Katie Bingaman allowed six runs (four earned) on 11 hits, striking out three in the loss.

Kayte Miller and Riley Morris had two hits and an RBI apiece for Pioneer (17-8). Ashley Miller had an RBI single, and Shania Wolf added a double.

Pioneer coach John Bingaman said it was a good game and that Cass did a better job of hitting with runners in scoring position.

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