By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Borden’s domination of South Central on Thursday earned the Braves a 5-0 victory and the Southern Athletic Conference championship.
Borden improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the SAC after surrendering just two games during Thursday’s victory. The SAC championship is the Braves’ sixth straight.
“Our team has been blessed to have a group of girls that work hard in and out of season,” Borden coach Ross Shauver said. “Their hard work has paid off in all of our matches so far, but we still have quite a bit of work to do to reach the end.”
Abby Ellis, Sarah Hurst and Kendyl Wheatly all earned 6-0, 6-0 win in singles’ action, as did Bailee Kruer and McKenzie Owens at No. 2 doubles. At No. 1 singles, Paige Kruer and Morgan Mast lost two games in the opening set against Hannah Pumphrey and Savannah Morris before winning the second 6-0.
Borden will put its unbeaten mark on the line next week when it hosts Charlestown on Monday and Providence on Tuesday.
• Highlanders beat Assumption, 4-1: Floyd Central won all four completed matches in Thursday’s 4-1 victory over Assumption.
The Highlanders won all three singles positions and Dana Frank and Whitney Batliner earned a tough 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 10-4 win at No. 1 doubles. After winning the opening set, Catherine Dauby and Erin Patterson were forced to retire, due to Patterson’s twist ankle, in the second set.
NEXT: Floyd Central (11-4) hosts Jennings County, Monday (HHC first round).
• Clarksville beats New Wash, 4-1: Clarksville won at No. 2 and No. 3 singles and swept the doubles matches for a 4-1 victory over New Washington
After dropping the opening set, Clarksville’s Miranda DeKorte came back to beat Ashley Johnson 6-0, 6-4 in the second and third sets to win at No. 3 singles.
New Wash’s win came from Courtney Amick, who beat Abigail Hurtgen 6-3 in each set for a straight-set victory.
NEXT: Clarksville hosts Henryville, today; New Washington hosts Christian Academy, today.
• Pioneers fall to Seymour: Jacqueline Hollkamp earned Providence’s lone point as the Pioneers fell to Seymour 4-1.
Hollkamp improved to 13-1 at No. 1 singles with a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Sylvia Ashley.
NEXT: Providence at Borden, Tuesday.
• Highlanders move to 20-0: Class 4A No. 1 Floyd Central scored three times in the first inning and four more in the third and beat Seymour 11-3 on Thursday to improve to 20-0.
“It was nice to get out to a 3-0 lead,” Floyd manager Casey LaDuke said. “From there, other than the fifth inning, we kind of held them down.”
Jacob Snodgrass hit a pair of doubles and Kyle Neafus homered for the Highladers. Kyle Sipes improved to 7-0 with the victory.
NEXT: Floyd Central (20-0) hosts Columbus North, today.
• Hornets take out Borden: Cody Reister needed just 86 pitches as he helped Henryville defeat Borden 6-1.
Dakota Harrell’s two-run home run helped the Hornets open up a 3-0 victory after one inning. Cody Brock singled in Bailey Hall for the third run of the frame.
Borden’s David Vansant hit a double as one of the Braves’ three base hits off of Reister.
NEXT: Borden (5-8) hosts Crothersville (DH), Saturday; Henryville (11-5, 4-0 SAC) at Brownstown Central (DH), Saturday.
• Late surge lifts Pirates: After trailing 1-0 through three innings, Charlestown exploded for nine runs in its final three at-bats for a 9-1 win over Austin.
After scoring six runs to take the lead in the fourth, freshman Zach Ramirez hit a bases-clearing double in the sixth.
“It’s nice to get back to some better fundamentals after some not-so-pretty games lately,” Charlestown manager Ricky Romans said. “Our pitchers did a much better job of competing tonight and we did a better job at the plate. We still aren’t where we need to be but tonight was at least a step in the right direction.”
Tyler Willinger went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs for the Pirates.
NEXT: Charlestown (14-5, 5-2 MSC) hosts Southwestern (DH), Saturday.
• Williams shuts down Scottsburg: Eastern picked up a 5-0 Mid-Southern Conference victory over Scottsburg behind Shane Williams’ shutout.
Williams allowed just two Warrior hits and struck out 11. Kaleb Nicholson went 3 for 4 and scored a pair of runs for the Musketeers.
NEXT: Eastern hosts Crawford County (DH), Saturday.
• Hornets win at Borden: Henryville earned an 8-3 Southern Athletic Conference victory at Borden
Emily Hollis went 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead the Hornets. Kristen Nestor was 3 for 4 for the Borden.
“As a whole, we played much better today,” Borden coach Alex Knerr said. “We are cutting our errors down and the girls stayed positive throughout the entire game. I’m very proud of the improvements that they have made and the adjustments because we have really been up and down here the last couple weeks.”
NEXT: Borden hosts Orleans, Monday; Henryville at Salem, Tuesday.
• Webster tosses fourth shutout of the week: Charlestown senior Alli Webster threw her fourth shutout in as many days as the Pirates defeated Brownstown Central 3-0
Webster struck out 13 and didn’t walk a single Brave. The two hits she surrendered were Scottsburg’s only baserunners.
It was 0-0 heading into the sixth when the Pirates scored three times. Cassie Martin’s two-RBI single that scored Shelby Goedeker and Jenna Sherrill put Charlestown up for good.
NEXT: Charlestown (12-2, 7-1 MSC) vs. Bedford North Lawrence, Saturday at Edgewood Mustang Invitational.
• Bulldogs edge Paoli: New Albany scored three times in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Paoli.
Brooke McCoy went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs and Brittany Jones hit a double and scored twice for the Bulldogs. Hannah Morton improved to 9-2 on the season.
NEXT: New Albany (15-4) hosts Scottsburg, Monday.
• Dragons beat Scottsburg on Senior Night: Senior Sydney Ledgewedge provided some fireworks in her final home game as Silver Creek defeated Scottsburg 4-2 on Senior Night.
Ledgewedge went 3 for 3 with a double and three runs knocked in in the victory. Shayla Cravens was 2 for 3 and McKenzie Bush held the Warriorettes to five hits while striking out six Scottsburg batters.
NEXT: Silver Creek (6-9, 2-4 MSC) at Plainfield (Plainfield Tournament), Saturday.
• Jeff blanks Madison: Kayleigh Thomas threw a four-hit shutout and went 2 for 3 at the plate as Jeffersonville defeated Madison 8-0.
Thomas struck out four Cubs without walking any.
Emma Coons was the offensive star for the Red Devils, going 3 for 4 with a double, a triple, two runs and two RBIs. Emily Gray and Marley Edward also finished with two hits apiece.
NEXT: Jeffersonville (10-7) at Evansville Harrison and Evansville North, Saturday.
• Morris shuts down Rebels: Whitney Morris pitched a three-hit shutout and went 2 for 4 two two RBIs and two stolen bases to lead New Washington to a 4-0 victory over South Central
Morris struck out 16 and walked just two Rebels in the triumph.
NEXT: New Washington (9-8, 3-1 SAC) hosts Madison Shawe, Wednesday.
• Highlanders win three-way meet: Jack Sparrow led a balanced Floyd Central attack as the Highanders defeated Heritage Hills and Corydon Central in a three-way meet at Christmas Lake in Santa Claus.
Sparrow’s 34 was two-below par and won medalist honors. Daniel Shepherd shot a 35, Alex Beyer a 36 and Connor Welcher a 37 for the Highlanders.
NEXT: Floyd Central at Bloomington North and Jasper, Saturday.
• Wagner, Gray lead Borden: Borden finished second in a three-way meet with Paoli and Lanesville at Old Capital in Corydon.
Tony Wagoner III and Reilly Gray each shot a 44 for the Braves, who had a 179 as a team. T.J. Fraley finished the course in 45 strokes and Kamden Hurst in 46.
Logan Andis took medalist honors for Paoli, which won the meet, with a 41.
NEXT: Borden hosts Eastern, next Thursday.