NOBLESVILLE — The Mt. Vernon Marauders opened the baseball season with near perfect weekend, winning two of three to finish third at the Noblesville Invitational on Saturday.
The Marauders (2-1) began their three-game tournament appearance on Friday with an 8-4 victory over host Noblesville 8-4 led by a 2-for-2 hitting performance by senior Hunter Dobbins.
Dobbins drove in three RBI, scored a pair of runs, drew two walks, swiped three bases and laced a double in the game.
Landon Clark, a junior, had a triple, two walks, two stolen bases and finished 1-for-2 with three runs scored.
The Marauders’ other hits came from senior Joel Walton, senior AJ Swingle and senior Eli Clotfelter. Swingle, Walton and Clotfelter each drove in one run.
Swingle picked up the win, pitching 3.1 innings with five hits surrendered, one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts.
Junior Gavin Sullivan threw 2.0 innings with four strikeouts. Clotfelter struck out three Millers in 1.2 innings pitched.
On Saturday, the Marauders put a scare into Class 4A No. 2 Columbus North leading 9-2 after four complete innings before stumbling down the stretch, 12-10.
Columbus North rallied back to win with nine runs scored combined in the top of the sixth and seventh. Mt. Vernon clung to a 10-8 advantage heading into the top of the seventh before Columbus North completed its comeback.
Walton and Dobbins led the Marauders at the plate. Walton went 3-for-4 with five RBI, a run scored, a triple and a home run. Dobbins drew a walk and had two doubles. He finished 3-for-3 with an RBI.
The Marauders recorded 12 hits against Columbus North. Jake Stank, a senior, went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. He drew a walk and hit a home run.
Eli Bridenthal went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases. Nate Weaver and Swingle both posted hits. Clark absorbed the loss on the mound.
The Marauders bounced back in the tournament’s consolation bracket, defeating Franklin 16-6 in five innings on Saturday afternoon.
Mt. Vernon posted 14 hits, including four extra-base hits. Dobbins went 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs, a home run, a walk and a double.
Clark (1-for-1, four runs, RBI) had a double, Stank (3-for-4, four RBI, two runs) added a double and the lineup worked the count for eight walks overall.
Walton went 2-for-2 with two runs in the game, while Swingle went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Tyler Sumner, Carson Augustinovicz, (two runs), Bridenthal and Weaver each had one hit apiece.
Bridenthal was credited with the win, pitching 5.0 innings with five strikeouts.
Cougars sweep doubleheader
The Greenfield-Central softball team scored a pair of run-rule victories on Saturday against Southport.
The host Cougars won the doubleheader opener 12-2 before taking the second game 15-5. Both games ended after five innings.
The Cougars are now 3-0 on the season.
Greenfield-Central racked up 15 hits in the first game, led by Camille Burelison’s 2-for-3 performance. She drove in five runs, scored one, crushed a home run and recorded a sacrifice.
Caroline Gibson had three doubles, three runs scored and finished 3-for-3. Olivia Roberts went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double and two RBI.
Mallory Fultz went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Megan Wineinger was 1-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Burelison pitched all five frames with four strikeouts to pick up the win.
In the second game, Hannah Holden went the distance in the circle, striking out five for the win.
Morgan Hornaday went 2-for-3 with four RBI, a double and a run scored.
Burelison was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Gibson went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Ella Redmon drove in a run, scored three runs and went 2-for-4.
Ellie Ewald had an RBI. Lilly Stewart scored three runs, while Fultz finished 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run. Wineinger was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Roberts finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run. Taylor Smith added another RBI.
Track & Field
Dragons take third at Chatard
The New Palestine boys and girls track and field teams both finished third in a four-way meet Saturday at Bishop Chatard.
The Dragon boys finished third with 35.5 points behind West Lafayette (124), Chatard (55.5) and ahead of Cathedral (29).
The girls finished third with 52 points behind Chatard (93) and West Lafayette (54) and ahead of Cathedral (45).
The Dragon girls won four events. The 3,200-meter relay team of Brenna Shaw, Courtney Study, Emma Mann and Kendall Mann won with a time of 18:54.58 – 10th all-time in school history. Sydney Miller was a double-winner in shot put (32-10) and discus (98-8). Anna Ackerman won the pole vault (8-0).
Lexi Baynes finished second in the 400. Her time of 1:01.64 was ninth in school history. She also finished fourth in the 200.
The Dragon boys won two events. Josh Lambdin won the discus with a throw of 131-9 – eighth all-time in school history. Richard Clevenger was second with a throw of 130-1. Nick Bastian won the long jump (20-3).
Grayson Thomas was second in the 200. Will Hahn placed third in pole vault.