By KEVIN HARRIS
The Floyd Central baseball team bounced back from its 1-0 loss to Class 4A No. 8 Jeffersonville in Saturday’s Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament championship game on Monday at Memorial Field by blanking host Providence in six innings, 11-0.
The top-ranked Highlanders’ Kyle Beach pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking one.
Derek DeSpain led the Floyd Central bats. He was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple. Providence’s Andrew Hunt was the losing pitcher.
NEXT: Floyd Central (24-1) hosts Heritage Hills, today.
• No. 5 Dragons down Brownstown: Starting pitcher Lucas Barnett gave up one run (earned) on five hits with eight strikeouts in Class 3A No. 5 Silver Creek’s 10-1 home win over Class 3A No. 8 Brownstown Central on Monday.
The Dragons’ Cody Razer went 4-for-4 with a triple, while teammate Cameron Cook was 2-for-3.
NEXT: Silver Creek (18-5, 7-2 Mid-Southern Conference) at New Albany, today.
• Musketeers fall at North Harrison: Cody Shepherd went 2-for-3 with a run scored as visiting Eastern lost at North Harrison on Monday, 8-1. Musketeer starting pitcher Dustyn Miller gave up eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits to get the loss.
NEXT: Eastern will host Mitchell, Wednesday.
• Pioneers win tri-meet against NA, Creek: Two days after winning the Southern Indiana Open, 18th-ranked Providence won a triangular meet at Covered Bridge Golf Club on Monday against New Albany (173) and Silver Creek (219). The Pioneers fired a team score of 166.
Providence’s Mitchell Allender collected medalist honors with a 39. Rounding out the Pioneers scoring were Cory Cahalan with a 41 and Kevin Crone and Robert Waiz each with a 43.
“Conditions were tough with the wind and length of the course,” Providence coach Ken Allender said. “I’m glad we had some kids hang in there for the win.”
Jonny Smith led the Bulldogs with a 40, while teammate Garrett Arnold had a 43. Sam Garr paced the Dragons with a 43.
NEXT: Providence at Corydon Central (Old Capitol), Thursday; New Albany at Columbus East (Otter Creek), today; Silver Creek will host Scottsburg (Hidden Creek), Wednesday.
• Highlanders second at Sollman Invite: Last Saturday, ninth-ranked Floyd Central finished second at the Sollman Invitational at The Trophy Club in Lebanon. Jack Sparrow led the Highlanders with a score of 73, while teammate Alex Beyer shot a 75.
NEXT: Floyd Central at Evansville North, Friday.
• Mustangs down Eastern: Whitney Morris struck out 10 in New Washington’s 4-2 victory at Eastern on Thursday. Morris went the distance, allowing two runs (none earned) on five hits and one walk. Musketeers’ pitcher Darcy Rogers was the losing pitcher.
“We won, but we had some running errors,” New Washington coach Tim Sexton said. “It was just a hard-fought win for us.”
NEXT: New Washington (12-8) hosts Borden, today.
• Pioneers win at Southwestern: Jacquie Hornung, Morgan Boone and Meredith Endris each went 3-for-3 in Providence’s 16-4 triumph in five innings at Southwestern on Monday. Endris had four RBIs and three runs scored, Boone scored three times, and Hornung had three RBIs, a double and a triple.
NEXT: Providence (18-8) will host Madison, Wednesday.
• Pirates defeat Corydon: Host Charlestown ended its season on a high note on Monday, knocking off Corydon Central 4-1.
Winning in singles action for the Pirates were Erika Brody at the No. 1 spot, Sarah Embry at No. 2 and Megan Crawford at No. 3. Charlestown’s No. 1 doubles team of Bekah Keith and Suzannah Fielding beat Bethany Thomas and Valerie Crawford, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
“Today was a good outcome for us to sweep the three singles spots,” Pirates’ coach Chris Ryan said. “Corydon is always a tough conference match to end the season with, so it was nice to end the regular season on a good note headed into sectional play.”
NEXT: Charlestown vs. Henryville, Silver Creek Sectional semifinals, Thursday.
• Braves sweep North Harrison: Host Borden stayed undefeated with a 5-0 victory over North Harrison on Monday. At No. 1 doubles, the Braves’ tandem of Paige Kruer and Morgan Mast knocked off Lexie James and Shena Johnson, 6-7(9-7), 6-1, 6-0.
NEXT: Borden (13-0) at Eastern, today.