A three-run sixth helped Monroe Grain to an 8-7 win over the Farm Bureau Lifers Monday in a key Monroe Little League game. That game, plus the 14-2 win by Peterson Grain over Bank of Geneva, put the Lifers and Peterson tied at 9-3 on the season, tops in the league.
Monroe Grain improved to 7-5 win the win. Kyle Brown tripled while Ian Wellmann and Brown both doubled. Wellman had two hits.
Dylan Miller and Drew Schultz both doubled with 2 hits for Lifers. Anthony Mosser offered 2 hits.
Bryce Baumgartner, who is not a stranger to national championships, didn't have it as a goal to win the triple crown of Indiana wrestling this past spring.
"Because I do it every year," said the 12-year-old soon to be seventh grader at Bellmont Middle School.
Well, he has done just that — win Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-Roman titles — in each of the past three seasons. He did it this year as a 120-pound Novice.
(Caden Friedt was one of two Decatur Wrestling Club grapplers to win the state mat triple crown, state titles in Folkstyle, Greco-Roman, and Freestyle.)
Most nine-year-old boys worry about video games and when the next trip to McDonald's is slated.
Caden Friedt, the nephew of the late John Friedt, took on more somber thoughts this spring with the passing of his uncle, who had been a dedicated wrestling coach for Bellmont and Decatur for almost four decades.
A 9-run fifth helped Kintz Insurance go to 9-1 with a 16-4 win over Hull Lift Trucks Thursday in H.E.B.A. Mays play, while Bixler Insurance downed Decatur Dental 9-5.
Ethan Corral doubled with three hits and 2 RBI and Noah Macklin stroked an inside-the-park home run with 3 hits and 4 RBI to pace the Kintz win. Payton Boyd had 3 hits with 2 RBI while Liam Adams had 2 hits and 1 RBI, as did Josh Price.
Kobe Ortiz had 2 hits for Hull.
Bellmont senior Dana Kaczmarek, a three-year starter for Bellmont behind the plate, has named to the All-NHC softball team, given second-team status, in a poll of the loop coaches.
Kaczmarek was the only Bellmonter named to the team. She recently was named the Hebble Award winner at Bellmont.
Samantha Agulair of Homestead was named first team catcher. Kaczmarek was named second team, and Kayla Northrup of DeKalb was given honorable mention.
The "perfect race at the perfect time" earned Bellmont sophomore Alexis Harvey All-State status in girls track, it was noted today by Bellmont's veteran track coach Carl Risch.
Harvey sped to fourth place at last Saturday's 200 meter final at the IHSAA Girls State Track and Field Meet held at the IU Track Complex in Bloomington..
Not only did Harvey gain a lot of respect, the fourth place earned her first team All-State status in her event, noted Risch.
The Farm Bureau Lifers clipped Peterson Grain 4-3 in a battle of once-beatens in the Monroe Little League Tuesday night.
The win puts the Lifers on top in the league at 8-1 to the 7-2 mark of Peterson Grain.
Adams Central sophomore outfielder Dalton Combs, who led the Jets in 11 offensive categories this year, was named first team All-ACAC in baseball today by the conference coaches.
Teammates Nathan Busse and Cody Brunner, infielders, both seniors, were given second-team status.
Taylor Smith and Taylor LeFever of South Adams were also named to the first team.
Combs paced the Jets with a .482 batting average and led the team in hits with 37, runs with 29 and home runs with three.
Dirty Birds picked up two wins on Sunday in the Fort Wayne Red Carrington league play, downing the Fort Wayne Orioles 5-1 in the first game Sunday before totally destroying the Orioles 19-2 in the nightcap, in Stan Musial AABC action.