By KEVIN HARRIS
Class 3A No. 8 Charlestown needed only five innings to beat Class 3A No. 6 Brownstown on Thursday in a battle of state-ranked baseball teams, 12-2.
The Pirates’ Ryan Jones and Drew Reich each went 3-for-3. Jones had two doubles, while Reich collected two RBIs. Teammates Alex Smith and Tyler Willinger each went 2-for-4.
Charlestown junior Darren Taylor was the winning pitcher, improving his record to 6-2.
“We came out today with a much higher focus than in recent games and swung the bat very well,” Pirates’ coach Ricky Romans said. “We still have improvements to make, but today was an overall better effort in all facets of the game.”
NEXT: Charlestown (17-6, 6-2 Mid-Southern Conference) will host the Charlestown Invitational, Saturday.
• Musketeers keep rolling: Jordan Eberle scored from third base on a fielder’s choice by Cody Shepherd for the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh inning as Eastern won at Clarksville on Thursday, 2-1. Dustyn Miller, Kaleb Nicholson and Jacob Hornung each had two hits for the Musketeers, who have won six in a row and eight out of their last nine games.
NEXT: Eastern (10-11) at Crawford County, Saturday; Clarksville (6-16) at Mitchell Tournament, Saturday.
• Pioneers edge DeSales: Cristian Ensley yielded three runs on six hits in five innings of work to get the victory in Providence’s 4-3 triumph at Louisville DeSales on Thursday. The Pioneers’ Andrew Hunt pitched the final two innings in relief, giving up no runs on one hit and two strikeouts for the save.
NEXT: Providence (13-6) hosts Corydon Central, today.
• Bulldogs down Lanesville: New Albany took a break from the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Thursday by winning at Lanesville, 8-1.
The Bulldogs’ Danielle Williamson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while teammate Hannah Morton was 2-for-3. New Albany’s Brook McCoy was 2-for-4 with a double.
The Bulldogs’ Whitney Atkins was the winning pitcher. She pitched the first four innings, allowing the Eagles’ lone run (earned) on three hits. Morton pitched the final three frames for the save, giving up two walks and one hit with six strikeouts.
“I didn’t know how they would respond since it was HHC week. But once the game got started, they were very focused,” New Albany coach Steve Belden said.
NEXT: New Albany (17-5) hosts Madison, HHC Tournament fifth-place game, today.
• Mustangs thump Crothersville: New Washington pounded out 20 hits to win at Crothersville on Thursday in five innings, 25-0. For the Mustangs, Brooke Shaw went 3-for-4 with a double, Coari Robertson was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs, and Kaitlin Schindler and Gracie Speigelhalder each had two hits.
NEXT: New Washington (11-8, 3-1 Southern Athletic Conference) hosts Switzerland County, today.
• Pirates blank Eastern: Carly Price allowed three hits and struck out seven in a complete-game victory to lead host Charlestown past Eastern on Thursday in five innings, 15-0. The Pirates’ Leah Sherrill and Alli Webster each went 3-for-4, while teammate Kaitlynn Henning was 2-for-3.
NEXT: Charlestown (16-3, 7-2 MSC) at Crawford County, today; Eastern at Crawford County, Saturday.
• Generals defeat Scottsburg: Starting pitcher Bailey Sharp struck out a season-high 16 batters and allowed six hits in Clarksville’s 7-1 victory at Scottsburg on Thursday. Sharp and teammates Kayla Wallace, Hannah Heintzman, Summer Dees and Brooke Lucas each went 2-for-4, while the Generals’ Ali Sparkman had two RBIs.
NEXT: Clarksville (8-12, 3-4 MSC) at Silver Creek Invitational, Saturday.
• Charlestown comes up short of MSC title: Class 3A No. 5 Charlestown failed to earn a share of the MSC title on Wednesday with a 3-1 home loss to Class 3A No. 6 Salem, 3-1. Webster got the loss in the circle, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits with 16 strikeouts and six walks.
• Borden to play Orleans on May 16: Borden’s postponed home game with Orleans has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 16. The first pitch will be at 4:30 p.m. at Borden Little League Park.
• Borden tops Eastern at Western Hills: Borden shot a team score of 178 to win a dual meet against Eastern on Thursday at Western Hills Golf Course in Salem. The Musketeers fired a 205.
Reilly Gray led the Braves with a 40, followed by teammates T.J. Fraley with a 43 and Kamden Hurst with a 46. Borden’s Tony Wagoner III and Elijah Franklin each fired a 49.
“Reilly and T.J. played really well for us today with Reilly leading us in scoring,” Braves’ coach Tony Wagoner II said. “I’m happy with the progress we have made so far this season.”
The Musketeers’ Tyler Neal earned medalist honors with a 39. Rounding out the scoring for Eastern were Dakota Manzanalez with a 53, Clayton Hein with a 55 and Nick Emmert with a 58.
NEXT: Borden at Southern Indiana Open (Hidden Creek), Saturday; Eastern versus Lanesville (Hidden Creek), Monday.
• Hornets win dual meet: Henryville had two players shoot in the high 30s as it won a dual meet over an incomplete Christian Academy team on Thursday at Hidden Creek Golf Club’s Links Nine course.
The Hornets shot a team score of 161, with Cameron Furnish firing a 38 and Luke Davidson shooting a 39. The Warriors’ Jayson Arrell was the medalist with a 37, while teammate Chris Kidd had a 39.
NEXT: Henryville at Southern Indiana Open (Hidden Creek), Saturday; Christian Academy will host Rock Creek Academy (Hidden Creek), Monday.