By GREG MENGELT
FLOYDS KNOBS —
Floyd Central’s girls’ doubles teams dropped just three games to help the 10th-ranked Highlanders defeat rival New Albany 4-1 on Tuesday.
Floyd Central’s Whitney Batliner and Dana Frank won all six games in the opening set before beating Emily and Lauren Hoffer 6-1 in the second at No. 1 doubles. At No. 2 doubles, Erin Patterson and Alex Jamsion beat the Bulldogs’ Anne Mattox and Racquel Burch 6-1 in each set.
Highlander standout Olivia Boesing won with similar ease, 6-0, 6-1 over Erin Kanii at No. 1 singles, while Floyd Central’s Christine McCafferey topped Rachel Johnson 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
New Albany’s win came at No. 2 singles where Marin Kanii beat the Highlanders’ Alexis Applegate in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-1.
The Highlanders will be back in action Thursday in Louisville against Sacred Heart Academy. On that same night, New Albany will host North Harrison.
• Creek still on top of MSC: Silver Creek won a Mid-Southern Conference match for the second straight night on Tuesday, beating Charlestown 4-1.
The Dragons’ Kat Hebble and Rebekah Knittle each won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. Charlestown’s lone win came from the No. 2 doubles team of Hayley Trinkle and Erica Broady, who beat Gabby Dunn and Katy Hawkins, 6-3, 6-2.
NEXT: Charlestown hosts Clarksville, tonight; Silver Creek at Corydon Central, Thursday.
• Highlanders beat Providence: No. 3 Floyd Central edged No. 13 Providence 154-160 in a match between the area’s top two teams at Covered Bridge Golf Club on Tuesday.
The Highlanders’ Connor Welch led all golfers with a 37 for medalist honors. He beat teammate Daniel Shepard and Providence’s Kevin Crone by a stroke.
Devin Jenkins shot a 39 and Jack Sparrow a 40 for the Highlanders. Mitchell Allender added a 40 for the Pioneers, followed closely by teammates Cory Cahalan and Robert Waiz, who each shot a 41.
NEXT: Providence and Columbus North at Jennings County (St. Anne’s), tonight; Floyd Central at Warsaw Tiger Invitational (Stonehenge), Saturday.
TRACK & FIELD
• Jeff, Floyd split: Tyrell Dowdell and Chase Scott won two events apiece and the Jeffersonville boys won all three relays to defeat Floyd Central on Tuesday, 93-48.
Codie Hamsley won the shot put and discus for the Highlanders.
In the girls’ race, the Highlanders won 11 of the 17 events for a 93-51 victory.
NEXT: Floyd Central and Jeffersonville boys at New Albany Relays, Thursday; Floyd Central and Jeffersonville girls at Floyd Central Invitational, Friday.
• Trinity gets by Clarksville, New Wash: Trinity Lutheran won all three relays to edge Clarksville and New Washington in a boys’ track meet at New Wash.
Adan Diaz won three individual events for the Mustangs. He took first place in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:19.5, the 3,200 in 11:59 and the 300 hurdles in 44.9 seconds.
“I was pleased with the performance of the team, especially Adan Diaz who continues to improve with time and determination,” New Wash coach Mike Schneider said.
Jake Matthews and Marquise Parrish won twice apiece for Clarksville.
NEXT: Clarksville at Henryville, April 17; New Washington at Southwestern, April 18.
• Hornets thump Scottsburg: Visiting Henryville scored four times in the first inning and five in the fifth to beat up on Scottsburg, 12-2 in five innings on Tuesday.
Cody Reister went 2-for-4 with two doubles and five runs knocked in for the Hornets. Teammate Dakota Harrell picked up the win on the mound.
NEXT: Henryville (3-3) at Southwestern, tonight.
• Highlanders pound Rangers: In a warm-up for tonight’s big tilt against rival New Albany, Floyd Central scored 21 runs on 21 hits and ended a two-game losing streak to Forest Park with a 21-0 victory on Tuesday.
Kyle Neafus hit two doubles and two home runs in the victory. It’s the first multiple-home run game for the Floyd senior. Michael Springer and Connor Curry also homered for the Highlanders.
NEXT: Floyd Central (8-0) at New Albany, tonight.
• Big first lifts Bulldogs: New Albany scored nine times in the first and improved to 6-1 with an 11-5 victory over Madison on Tuesday.
For the Bulldogs, Brandon Johnson was 3-for-3 with a double and Garrett Sherrell was 2-for-3 with a home run and three runs driven in.
NEXT: New Albany (6-1) hosts Floyd Central, tonight.
• Borden blanks Austin: Garrett Vick threw a three-hit shutout to lead visiting Borden to a 3-0 victory over Austin on Tuesday.
Vick struck out five Eagles in the victory. Vick also knocked in two of the three runs on offense for the Braves.
Josh Vollstedt had a pair of doubles and Brian McGee hit a double for Borden.
NEXT: Borden at New Washington, Thursday.
• Webster hits, pitches Pirates to victory: Alli Webster struck out six and went 3-for-4 at the plate to help host Charlestown past North Harrison 15-5 in five innings on Tuesday.
Webster had five RBIs and scored twice as the Pirates improved to 2-1 in the MSC. Alyssa Price went 2-for-4 and knocked in a pair of runs for Charlestown.
NEXT: Charlestown (4-1, 2-1 MSC) at Scottsburg, Thursday.
• Errors doom Generals again: Host Clarksville commityed five errors for the second straight night and fell to Corydon Central 7-6 in an MSC game on Tuesday.
“We shot ourselves in the foot again,” Clarksville coach Tim Hauber said. “We just have new people in key spots and we’ve been unable to overcome [the errors].”
Ali Sparkman went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, three runs scored and an RBI in the loss.
NEXT: Clarksville (4-3, 1-1 MSC) at Silver Creek, Thursday.