After losing to NorthWood for the first time in six years in April, Wawasee reversed the trend Monday night with a 5-2 softball victory in Syracuse.
The Lady Warriors, which move to 15-7 overall and 6-4 in the Northern Lakes Conference, ran out to a 5-0 lead after three innings and held off the pesky Lady Panthers.
Alli Ousley had two hits and scored two runs to pace Wawasee, which scored two runs on an error in the first, two passed balls and a groundout. Wawasee managed just four hits off NorthWood pitcher Taylor Troxel, who struck out three. Her counterpart, Amber Lemberg, was fantastic in allowing just four hits, walking one and striking out 10 batters.
The Wawasee JV kept rolling on, moving to 16-0 on the season with a 10-0 win over the Lady Panthers. Hannah Haines allowed just one hit and struck out 14 in the six-inning affair. Haines also added two hits and two runs at the dish. Teammate Brooke Pauwels had three hits and Kayleigh Rhodes had two hits and three runs scored.
Wawasee will see if it can keep its NLC fortunes on the up when it visits defending champ Northridge Wednesday afternoon.
Warriors Split At Tippy Lake
Wawasee’s undefeated dual season is over after a seven-stroke loss to Penn Monday night, but the Warrior golf team bested LaVille by nine strokes to earn a split at Tippecanoe Lake Country Club.
Penn had Justin Holt and Richard Jung each shoot 37 with mates Nick Thurin at 38 and Blake Harman at 39.
Wawasee were led by the 37 from Jeffrey Moore and 39 by Cal Heinisch. Rasmus Rich and Tristen Atwood each chipped in 41s.
Zach Gurtner led all golfers with his one-under round of 35 for LaVille and brother Cam Gurtner turned in a 38, but Mike Butler carded a 46 and Tyler Thomas had a 50.
Penn shot a 151 on the JV card, with Wawasee at 192 and LaVille at 209. Brandon Buss led Wawasee with a 43.
Wawasee (8-1 overall) will begin Northern Lakes Conference play Tuesday with a visit to Stonehenge to face Warsaw.
Panthers Slow Down Diamond Nine
NorthWood’s baseball team scored three runs in a decisive sixth inning to pull away from Wawasee, 5-1, Monday night in Northern Lakes Confernce baseball played in Nappanee.
Drew Anderson produced Wawasee’s only run in the fifth inning with an RBI double. Anderson also walked in the game. Nate Prescott and Brett Carson each had singles for the Warriors.
Gage Fannin pitched well, allowing just two earned runs, walking three and fanning two in 5.1 innings of work.
Wawasee, which entered the night on a modest two-game NLC win streak, fall to 2-8 in conference and are 7-12 overall.
The Wawasee JV continued to score runs in bunches, beating NorthWood 10-4.
Sam Rookstool and Aaron Beer each had two hits and Rookstool pitched a complete game with four strikeouts.
Wawasee (10-4 overall) scored two runs in the first and fifth innings before landing six in the seventh to take a 10-0 lead. NorthWood scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Pilgrims Sail On Wawasee
While Wawasee lost its final Northern Lakes Conference tennis match of the season, 4-1, there was a silver lining.
Katy Ashpole finally broke through and earned a win at one singles, beating Erin Hunter 6-4, 6-4, to pick up the first court victory for Wawasee in conference play this season.
Plymouth took care of business on the other four courts, giving up just four games.
Kirstin Rose won one and love over Jada Antonides at two singles and Jessica Stillson bested Chelsea Carolus love and love at three singles.
The one doubles pair of Savannah Mae and Ellen Smith beat Addison Ayres and Erin Wiktorowski love and one. The two doubles team of Libbie Portteus and Lanae Singleton downed Jaclyn Miller and Jazlyn Gehlhausen one and love.
Plymouth won all seven of the JV courts, losing just eight games and tossing shutouts in the top three singles courts.
Wawasee (2-9, 0-7 NLC) will look toward Wednesday and the start of the NLC tournament. Matches will begin Wednesday with bracket pool play at Warsaw. Second round action will move to Goshen and final matches will be played Friday back at Warsaw.