By KEVIN HARRIS
The Charlestown baseball team suffered two losses in the Silver Creek Spring Swing Tournament on Saturday.
In their first game of the day, the Pirates suffered a 7-5 loss in nine innings to Class 3A No. 7 Norwell. Ryan Jones had a pair of doubles for Charlestown.
Charlestown then lost to Mid-Southern Conference rival Silver Creek later on Saturday, 13-2. The Class 3A No. 6 Dragons suffered a loss to Columbus East in their first contest on Saturday. No details of either game were available at press time.
NEXT: Silver Creek (2-1) will host New Washington, Tuesday; Charlestown (1-2) at South Central, Monday.
• Dragons defeat Tech in Spring Swing Tournament: On Friday, Silver Creek rolled past Indianapolis Tech in five innings to prevail in the first round of the Silver Creek Spring Swing Tournament, 12-2.
The Dragons’ Jamie Valvano and Graham Jones each had a pair of hits, and Silver Creek pitcher Brooks Howell got the victory by tossing three scoreless innings of one-hit ball.
• Pirates defeat Rockville in Spring Swing: On Friday, host Charlestown won its season opener in the Silver Creek Spring Swing Tournament against Rockville, 3-0. Pirate pitcher Drew Reich got the win.
• Bulldogs start season off right: Class 4A No. 8 New Albany began its season on the right foot on Saturday at Mount Tabor Field with two home victories.
The Bulldogs defeated Fort Wayne Carroll in the first game of a split doubleheader, 5-1, followed by a 15-2 win in five innings over South Dearborn in the nightcap.
In the opener, New Albany junior pitcher Brandon Johnson got the victory in relief. He tossed three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
Teammate Josh Rogers gave up one run (earned) on three hits in four innings in a starting role. Rogers had nine strikeouts and one walk along with driving in two runs at the plate.
Against South Dearborn, New Albany’s Tucker Marcum, Shane Robison, Garrett Sherrell and A.J. Nixon each collected two hits. Sherrell had four RBIs, while Marcum drove in a pair of runs.
Robison got the victory on the mound. He tossed four innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
“It was a good opening day,” Bulldogs’ coach Chris McIntyre said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect. All of our pitchers did a good job, and we played pretty well defensively.”
NEXT: New Albany (2-0) will host Avon, Thursday.
• Highlanders sweep split doubleheader: In a split doubleheader on Saturday at Highlander Field, Floyd Central beat South Dearborn in the opener, 5-2, followed by a 3-0 shutout victory over Fort Wayne Carroll.
Cody Sunderhaus swung the biggest bat for the Highlanders against South Dearborn, collecting two doubles. Floyd Central starting pitcher Kyle Beach got the victory, while teammate Garrett Ruttle earned the save.
Highlander starter Kyle Sipes tossed a four-hit shutout to get the win in the nightcap.
NEXT: Floyd Central (3-0) will host Jeffersonville, Wednesday.
• Hornets sweep twinbill: Host Henryville swept a doubleheader against Switzerland County on Saturday. The Hornets (2-1) won the first game, 5-4, followed by a 9-3 triumph in Game 2.
For the day, Henryville’s Sydney Hollingsworth went 5-for-7, which included a pair of RBIs in the nightcap. Teammate Emily Hollis was 3-for-4 with two runs scored in Game 1. The Hornets’ Emma Hendricks was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI in the second game.
Henryville’s Audrey Vanmeter earned the victory in Game 1, while teammate Ashtyn Kaskie was the winning pitcher in the nightcap.
• Hornets fall in season opener: On Friday, Henryville lost its season opener at home to Corydon Central in six innings, 13-3. Hendricks and teammate Sierra Elifrits each were 2-for-3.