By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Second-ranked Floyd Central improved to 18-0 after wins over South Central, Brownstown Central and Bedford North Lawrence over the weekend.
After a 15-11 win over South Central on Friday, the Highlanders combined for 21 runs on 28 hits in win over the Braves and Stars on Saturday.
The Highlanders scored two runs apiece in the second, third, fourth and sixth in an 8-1 win over Brownstown in Saturday’s first game. Kyle Sipes held the Braves to one run on five hits and Kyle Neafus, Connor Curry and Michael Springer each had a double for Floyd.
In Saturday’s second game, Brandon Smith surrendered just two runs — both in the third — as the Highlanders beat BNL 13-2 in six innings. Colton Kimm had a double and a home run, while Neafus, Springer and Jacob Snodgrass each had a double in the win.
“The last few games, we have played defense very well,” Floyd Central manager Casey LaDuke said. “We got great [pitching] games from Kyle Sips and Brandon Smith and some great defense behind them.”
On Friday, the Highlanders scored four times in the top of the seventh to pull away from 11-3 South Central. Curry had two doubles and Snodgrass homered in the win.
Floyd will put its unbeaten mark on the line Tuesday when it travels to Tell City.
• Bulldogs take down Bosse, North: New Albany earned a pair of victories over visiting Evansville schools on Saturday.
First, the Bulldogs crushed Evansville Bosse 24-1 as Joey Collins had three RBIs and Jack Shine had a double and two runs knocked in.
In Game 2, Brandon Johnson pitched a two-hit shutout as New Albany knocked off Evansville North 3-0. Johnson had a no-hitter through six innings and struck out 15 Huskies.
“Brandon pitched a great game against an outstanding team,” Bulldogs manager Chris McIntyre said. “Brandon had command of all his pitches. He has been really good his last two starts.”
Garrett Sherrell went 2 for 3 and knocked in all three New Albany runs in the win. He had a two-run home run in the first inning to put the Bulldogs on top. He also had a double in the Game 1 victory.
On Friday, New Albany knocked off Muhlenberg County (Ky.) 5-4 with two runs in the top of the seventh. Sherrell earned the win on the mound and went 3 for 4 with a home run three RBIs. Eight different Bulldogs had a hit in the victory.
NEXT: New Albany (11-4) at North Harrison, Tuesday.
• Musketeers win Washington County Tournament: Eastern won two close games on Saturday to claim the Washington County Tournament title.
In a 7-6 semifinal win over West Washington, the Musketeers took a 4-0 lead after the first half-inning and scored a single run in the top of the seventh to break a 6-6 tie. Kaleb Nicholson went 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI and Jason Allen was 3 for 3 in the win. Seven different Musketeers scored a run and an RBI.
Shane Williams pitched Eastern to the championship in a 4-2 win over Salem. Williams gave up just two runs on four hits and struck out three Lions in the triumph. Nicholson scored a pair of runs for Eastern.
NEXT: Eastern at Corydon Central, tonight.
• Hornets sweep Paoli: Henryville had a come-from-behind one-run victory and a blowout win over Paoli on Saturday.
Cody Brock had a walk-off single as the Hornets scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal a 7-6 win in the opener. Brock, Stevie Mattice and Dylan Collins each had two hits in the win.
In a 14-3 victory in Game 2, Dakota Harrell was the winning pitcher and went 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. Bailey Hall addded a double and a home run for the Hornets.
NEXT: Henryvile (10-4) at Austin, Tuesday.
• Pioneers split in Kentucky: Madison Central (Ky.) defeated Providence 9-1 in Saturday’s early game, but the Pioneers rebounded to defeat South Oldham (Ky.) in their second game of the day, 2-0.
In the win, Nick Campbell and Justin Starr each had two-out RBI singles in the top of the seventh to break a scoreless tie through six innings. Campbell’s game-winning RBI scored Ben Shahroudi, who opened the frame with his last of four singles in the contest.
Jon Davis pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out eight South Oldham hitters and walked just one.
“His control was terrific and he had great command of all his pitches,” Providence manager Scott Hornung said of Davis.
Starr drove in Providence’s only run in the opener and Garrett Polston gave up just one run on one hit in 3 2/3 innings in relief for the Pioneers in the opener.