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CCHS Sports Briefs - April 6, 2011

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By Kristin Beck

Lady Panthers fall to Gallatin County, 5-0

The Lady Panthers (0-3) lost on the road to Gallatin County 5-0 on Tuesday, March 29. Sarah Hawkins struck out five hitters for the Lady Panthers. However, JV (3-0) won 11-4, with Mackenzie Ogden getting the win on the mound.

Baseball wins home opener vs. Switzerland

The Panthers (2-1) defeated Switzerland County, Ind., 13-3 in five innings on Tuesday, March 29. Tyler Gross knocked in five RBIs, while Zach Wise and Dillon Craig both scored four runs each. Wise earned the win on the mound, with Trey Boles coming in for relief.

Girls’ tennis loses season opener

After three matches were cancelled due to inclement weather, the Lady Panther tennis team played its first match on the road at undefeated Western Hills, one of the top four teams in the 8th Region, Monday, March 28. The girls lost 5-0. Nina Kundic, Tory Bickers and Lyndie Burns competed for the Lady Panthers’ singles teams. The two doubles teams were Haley Hendrick and Katie Martin and Linda Cruz and Megan Harris.

Girls’ tennis defeats Gallatin County, 5-0

The Lady Panthers bounced back from a defeat earlier in the week to defeat Gallatin, 5-0 on Thursday. In No. 1 singles, Nina Kundic defeated Savannah Clark 6-4, 6-2; in No. 2 singles, Tory Bickers defeated Rachel Noble, 6-3, 6-1; and in No. 3 singles, Lyndie Burns defeated Tiffany Williamson, 6-0, 6-2.

In doubles action, Haley Hendrick and Katie Martin defeated Deanna Griffin and Kristina Tunstall, 6-2, 6-2. In No. 2 doubles, Linda Cruz and Megan Harris defeated Melissa Besselman and Amelia Samuel, 6-1, 6-1.

Carroll head coach Larry Morgan said his team has a long way to go and only a short period of time to improve. He noted that inclement weather, match cancellations and school events have limited his team’s practice time.

Baseball finishes 2-1 at weekend tournament

The Panthers played three games over the weekend in the Jim Dougherty Memorial Tournament at Bellevue High School.

On Saturday, Carroll played a double-header. The first was a wooden bat game against Beechwood High School. The Panthers lost 10-0, but head coach Jay Jones said the game was closer than the score indicated. “Beechwood is probably the better team that day, but we could have played them a lot closer,” he said.

The Panthers committed five base running errors at second and third base.

The game also marked the first time six of the Carroll starters had hit with a wooden bat. The team broke every team bat they had by the fourth inning, Jones said.

In their second game, the Panthers defeated Newport High School, 1-0, in a defensive standoff. Ethan Stewart pitched a three-hit shutout to get the win.

Jones said it was the team’s first game without committing an error and that his team is going to have to learn to play in those types of games. “This was a perfect opportunity to gain some valuable experience,” he said.
Carroll had only two hits, one each by Zach Wise and Dillon Craig, with Craig’s being the game-winner on a fielder’s choice. The team also registered three walks and two players reached on errors by Newport.

On Sunday, the Panthers defeated host Bellevue High School 14-0. “Everything came together Sunday. It was good weather, good baseball, and our bats finally woke up,” Jones said.

Craig got the win on the mound and also hit three singles and scored three runs. Wise hit a triple and was walked twice, while Stewart hit two singles and a double. Boles also hit a triple, and Audie Platt, Brady Hill, and Austin Crowell all registered a hit. Jones said that every player got on base and scored at least one run.

The Panthers are now 5-2 heading into the All-A tournament.