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Peru wraps up TRC with rout of Tippecanoe Valley

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com

Peru’s softball team closed out its TRC schedule with a resounding 10-0 win over Tippecanoe Valley in six innings Wednesday night.

Tiger head coach Katie Wyant said the girls finished conference play the way they started it.

“It was a great way to win,” Wyant said. “I told our girls before the game, we opened conference play with a win, so let’s end it with a win and they did just that.

“This was an important game because it was the difference between us placing fourth or fifth in the conference.”

Peru jumped all over the visitors in the first two innings, scoring four runs each time to hold a comfortable 8-0 lead.

Tippecanoe Valley had three total baserunners in the game as Betheny Caldwell allowed two hits and a walk while striking out eight with the Tiger defense playing error-free in the field.

The hosts added a run in the fourth and a final run in the sixth to put away the game early, the second time Peru has been able to do that this season. The victory was also the second largest recorded by the Tigers and was the second shutout of the season.

Caitlyn Mongosa knocked in three runs off a double and two walks while Caldwell, Courtlynn Crowe, Kelsie Kelley, Abby Sutton and Danielle Wenger also knocked in runs as all 11 Peru batters reached base safely at least once in the game.

Peru hosts Tipton in the regular season finale Friday night with Wyant looking for the girls to continue building momentum into next week.

“With our final regular season game and Senior Night being on Friday, we are looking forward to wrapping up the season with a win and heading in to sectional play with that same intention,” Wyant said.

North Miami 2, 2A No. 14 Whitko 1

The Warriors ground out a win over a potential sectional opponent in the Wildkats after the visitors scored their only run in the first inning.

Ashley Lackman allowed five hits and two walks over the course of eight innings of work, striking out seven in a finely-poised contest between two of the top three TRC softball teams.

North Miami finally got on the board in the fifth after Hannah Hall led off with a single, moved to third on a sac bunt and error and scored on a Jada Laycock fielder’s choice.

Laycock would then score the winner after back-to-back walks to start the eighth and came in on Maryann Freeman’s hit.

North Miami finishes TRC play third overall with a 6-3 record.

2A No. 7 Manchester 7, Maconaquah 4

While the Squires were going for a perfect TRC schedule, the Braves threatened to upend everything with a run in the first and three more in the second inning.

Manchester scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning but would not take the lead until the fifth with two runs there and another two runs in the sixth.

Maconaquah head coach Marsha Piggott said the girls ran into a familiar spot of trouble but like the aggression she saw at the plate.

“We had the dreaded ‘bad inning’ late,” Piggott said. “Errors, walks and a couple wild pitches allowed the lead to disappear.

“Early on we hit the ball and we actually out hit them this game.  We played good defense and stayed focused.

“We totally lost our composure for a few batters and it hurt us,” Piggott added. “The momentum changed and we just couldn’t get another rally going.”

Lindsay Gross kept the Squire offense mostly in check, allowing five total hits but six walks gave the hosts extra baserunners to work with.

Five errors in the game also helped Manchester keep innings alive. Carra Wolf knocked in a pair of runs for the Braves with Savanna Miracle and Holly Morris also bringing runs in.

Maconaquah finishes TRC play 1-8.

Baseball

Manchester 4, Maconaquah 2

The Braves traveled northeast to Manchester Wednesday night and lost a grinding game in which neither team scored more than one run in any inning.

Maconaquah head coach Dustin Hays said the team couldn’t find the big inning to get back in the game.

“It was a good baseball game,” Hays said. “We out hit them 7-5 but we could not get the big hit with runners on base.

“We also made a couple of errors and those guys scored.”

The Squires used big hits to put runners in scoring position in several innings and pushed runs across in the second and third innings for a 2-0 lead.

Maconaquah pitcher Cody Koebler kept the hosts in check for much of the game, allowing five hits but three were for extra bases, allowing three earned runs and striking out four.

The visitors scored runs in the fifth and sixth innings but each run was answered by Manchester in the bottom half of the same inning, leaving too much work to do in the seventh inning on a night where base runners and runs were at a premium.

Maconaquah finishes TRC play 2-7.

North Miami 8, 2A No. 10 Whitko 5

The Warriors jumped the Wildkats early and held off two pushes from the visitors to finish Senior Night with a big win.

North Miami head coach Troy Hudson said the seniors being honored on the evening led by example early.

“The guys came out ready to hit,” Hudson said. “All eight seniors started and all eight seniors contributed in the first inning

“Guys like Bryce Kelly and Jeff Eckrote who don’t get to see a lot of at-bats came through with big hits and RBIs.”

The Warriors came barreling out of the blocks with five runs in the opening frame.

Whitko got three of the runs back against Shane Holden on the mound in the third inning but the hosts got all three runs back in the bottom of the fourth.

The Wildkats scored twice in the sixth but didn’t have anything else left as the Warriors

Seniors Andrew Saddlemire, Jeff Eckrote and Bryce Kelly each drove in runs while Holden and Trevor Linn had two hits each.

Along with Garrett Bahney, Alex Kuhn and Andrew Ireland, Hudson said the departing senior class went out on a high note, finishing 3-6 in TRC play and off the bottom of the conference standings. 

“We’re extremely proud of seniors,” Hudson said. “To be beat (Whitko) on senior night, we could not ask for a better ending to their time as a Warrior.”