TIPPECANOE VALLEY 4, CULVER ACADEMY 2
Valley made four runs in the first two innings hold up against the Academy Tuesday afternoon.
A Sydney Howard single brought in a run, followed by a Kirsten Prater single that scored two as Valley jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Brayden Baney added an RBI single in the second inning to give Valley a 4-0 lead.
The Academy got one back in the second and plated another in the seventh, but couldn’t catch Valley in losing its first game of the season.
Mayde Fear got the win for the Vikings, scattering four hits and striking out two.
Valley (3-4) takes to the Three Rivers Conference Wednesday at home against Maconaquah.
COLUMBIA CITY 14, WARSAW 3
Tuesday was a bummer for Warsaw, seeing Columbia City finish the Tigers off in walk-off fashion.
Run-scoring hits from Brayden Lickey, Felicity Clawson, Savanna Reed and Abby Pequignot all contributed to the sixth inning that saw the Eagles score eight runs to dime the contest.
Brook Ebersole went 3.1 innings, giving up three runs to get the win for City, outdueling Hudson Bolinger, who allowed six runs on six hits over three-plus innings.
Avery Sleeth hit her third homer of the season to highlight to Warsaw offense.
Warsaw (2-5) visits Goshen Wednesday.
CONCORD 6, NORTHWOOD 5
NorthWood had the defending NLC champs on the ropes, but couldn’t quite catch Concord Tuesday in Nappanee.
A double in the seventh inning by Madison Kelly brought in the go-ahead run for the Minutemen, which had a 5-1 lead only to have NorthWood rally back to tie the game on a Kennedy Hochstetler hit in the fifth.
Hochstetler doubled in the seventh, but Alexis Kern got Gracie Clark to fly out to end the game.
Kern worked a complete game, giving up just four hits and striking out seven. All but one run was unearned because three Concord errors led to four of NorthWood’s runs.
Madison Miller took the loss, giving up the final run in three innings of relief. Clark gave up five runs and eight hits in four innings in the circle.
NorthWood (4-5, 0-1 NLC) goes again Wednesday at home against Northridge.
PIONEER 23, TRITON 0
For the second night in a row, Triton took on a top-10 program. And for the second time in as many nights, Triton has not registered a hit in a lopsided loss.
Triton fell to Class 1-A No. 1 Pioneer in Royal Center without getting a runner on base as Pioneer had three pitchers combine on the perfect game in the Hoosier North Athletic Conference contest.
Hailey Gotshall, Hailey Cripe and Kylie Byrd all combined for the perfect game, striking out seven of the 15 Triton hitters.
At the plate, Gotshall was 4-for-4 with two homers, four runs scored and four RBIs. Byrd had a homer and three RBIs, Mackenzie Robinson had three RBIs and Alexis Robinson added three runs scored and three driven in.
Triton (3-7) heads to Manchester Thursday.
TAYLOR 4, GRACE 3
TAYLOR 8, GRACE 0
Grace’s softball team, playing its sixth straight game against a ranked opponent, was swept in a doubleheader by Taylor on Tuesday.
The Lady Lancers fell 4-3 and 8-0 at Coach Phil Dick Field to Taylor, who is receiving votes in the NAIA.
In the opener, Grace had almost twice as many hits as Taylor. But the Lady Lancers came up short on the scoreboard by one run.
The Lady Lancers (9-29, 5-21 Crossroads League) owned a 9-5 advantage in hits but trailed most of the game. Grace also left seven baserunners stranded in the game.
The Trojans (28-10, 20-6 CL) scored three runs on just two hits in the top of the second; Taylor scored its runs thanks to 2 doubles, 1 walk and 2 wild pitches in an efficient inning.
Grace struggled to get on the scoreboard. The Lady Lancers had a hit in each of the first four innings, but each time Grace left that runner on base.
In the top of the sixth, Taylor added an insurance run which turned out to be crucial.
In the bottom of the sixth, Grace responded with three runs of its own. Taylor Asher and Bethany Gardner had RBI singles in the inning, and Hannah Harless drove in Morgan Tapscott with another ground ball.
Grace still had two runners in scoring position in the sixth, but the inning ended with an infield pop out.
Olivia Scarbrough reached base and moved to third with a wild pitch and a ground ball. But the potential tying run was left at third with a strikeout.
Scarbrough and Britney Young both batted 2 for 4 with a run scored, and Asher hit 2 for 3 with an RBI. Andrea Castillo also was 1 for 2 with a sacrifice hit.
Erin Lawhon pitched a clean final two innings, giving up just one hit with two strikeouts.
In the second game, a late outburst by Taylor ended the game after six innings.
The contest was scoreless through three innings, but the Trojans had threatened. Taylor moved a runner into scoring position in each of the first three innings, but each time Dori Knight was able to end the threat from the mound.
In the top of the fourth, Taylor finally broke through with a pair of runs. The score quickly grew in the fifth after a Taylor grand slam.
The Trojans ended the game early by pulling ahead 8-0 in the top of the sixth, and Grace was not able to extend the game with a run in the bottom of the frame.
Sam Heim hit 2 for 3 from the leadoff position with a double, and Scarbrough was 1 for 2 with a sacrifice hit.
The Lady Lancers are back home on Wednesday, hosting Spring Arbor at 3 p.m. at Coach Phil Dick Field.