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Huntington edges Lawrence Tech

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MEN’S TENNIS

The HU men’s tennis team posted its second straight win by slipping past Lawrence Tech 5-4 Friday afternoon at Klopfenstein Courts. With this win, the Foresters improve to 11-7 on the year.

Today’s match was part of the IWU Tennis Invitational that will take place throughout weekend featuring 24 total matches at six sites. Those sites include Huntington, IWU, Taylor, Marian, Marion High School and Mississinewa High School.

The field includes 30 men’s and women’s teams from 16 schools representing eight different conferences and seven states including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Ignacio Poncio’s play the highlight of the afternoon. A double winner for Eckert’s squad, he claimed an 8-5 W in doubles with Mariano Echevarria, before winning a come-from-behind three-setter at No. 1 singles to keep his undefeated home streak in singles play intact.

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 - Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Alex Tammaro (LTU) 5-7, 7-6, 11-9

No. 2 - Luke Buttermore (HU) def. Adam Alger (LTU) 6-2, 6-1

No. 3 - Alex Fernandez-Rajal (LTU) def. Mariano Echevarria (HU) 6-0, 6-1

No. 4 - Robert Saitov (LTU) def. Niko Rongos (HU) 6-4, 7-5

No. 5 - Sebastian Salas (HU) def. Lukas Obel (LTU) 6-0, 6-4

No. 6 - Alejo Godall-Tintore (LTU) def. Brody Worl (HU) 6-0, 6-0

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 - Poncio/Echevarria (HU) def. Tammaro/Fernandez-Rajal (LTU) 8-5

No. 2 - Illia Turaba/Salas (HU) def. Obel/Godall-Tintore 8-2

No. 3 - Saitov/Viktor Kolesnychenko (LTU) def. Buttermore/Rongos (HU) 8-4

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Friday’s match was part of the IWU Tennis Invitational that will take place throughout weekend featuring 24 total matches at six sites. Those sites include Huntington, IWU, Taylor, Marian, Marion High School and Mississinewa High School.

The field includes 30 men’s and women’s teams from 16 schools representing eight different conferences and seven states including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 - Meg Dolde (HU) vs. Maria Vega-Hazas (LTU) - DNF

No. 2 - Morgan Fitzpatrick (HU) vs. Sam Weber (LTU) - DNF

No. 3 - Lisa Colling (HU) vs. Sabrina Mateos (LTU) - DNF

No. 4 - Lanae Singleton vs. Samantha Kohn (LTU) - DNF

No. 5 - Marla Odendahl (HU) def. Maria Nicholls (LTU) 6-0, 6-0

No. 6 - Molly Burton (HU) - LTU forfeit

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 - Dolde/Fitzpatrick (HU) def. Mateo/Vega-Hazas (LTU) 9-7

No. 2 - Singleton/Colling (HU) def. Kohn/Weber (LTU) 8-6

No. 3 - Odendahl/Burton (HU) - LTU forfeit

SOFTBALL

The Huntington softball team didn’t have an answer for the Maple Leafs’ hot bats to suffer a pair of losses, 15-3, 9-4, to Goshen (12-18, 6-7) Friday afternoon at the Ingold Athletic Complex.

After two scoreless innings in the opener, the wheels fell off in the third when the hosts pieced together six hits, including a three-run dinger, and took advantage of an HU error and four walks to erupt for eight runs. It was the beginning of the end as the Maple Leafs reeled off seven more runs in the fourth to put the game out of reach. It was the fourth time this year Goshen has reached double digit runs.

Gower’s crew finally got on the board in the fourth on Anna Weigold’s RBI-groundout. They would get two more back in the fifth at the bat of Kennedy Krull who knocked in both runs on a single to center but it wouldn’t be enough as the game was called by way of the mercy rule.

Meghan Fretz was charged with the loss. She threw the first 2.1 innings and gave up six hits, six runs and three walks.

In the nightcap, the Maple Leafs surged ahead by five after two frames to take a lead that they wouldn’t surrender. HU got within three in the top of the fourth on run-scoring singles by Denaia Rice and Rozlynn Everhart but Goshen stretched it to 6-2 by the inning’s end. The would go on to outscore their visitors 3-2 the rest of the way to complete the sweep.

Jada Crofoot and Keira Stacy each drove in a run in the seven to account for Huntington’s final two runs and two of their teams seven hits.

In her first collegiate start, MacKyndsea Burke tossed the first five frames to give up 12 hits, eight runs and two walks while striking out three in the losing effort.

BASEBALL

In a critical Crossroads League matchup, the Forester baseball team picked up a pair of wins, 7-2, 2-1, to complete the series sweep over #RV Mount Vernon Nazarene (23-13, 6-6) Saturday afternoon at Forest Glen. With these Ws, HU extends their win streak to five and stays atop the league standings with Marian.

The Cougars got rolling early in game one to jump in front 2-0 before the Foresters finally settled in at the plate. Ian McCutcheon, who doubled himself aboard in the bottom of the third, was the first Forester to touch home on a wild pitch to cut MVNU’s lead in half.

The fourth was HU’s most productive inning as Andrew Natividad doubled to deep left-center after which Daniel Lichty drew a walk to set the stage for another base poke, this time an RBI-two-bagger at the bat of Austin Pritchard, to knot things up at 2s.

Lichty tagged up on Adrian Perez’s sacrifice fly. Satchell Wilson blooped a shot into right-center to drive in Pritchard and then McCutcheon, after tallying his team’s third double of the frame, eventually scored his second run of the day on another MVNU error. When all was said and done, the scoreboard favored HU 5-2 after four.

The Foresters continued their scoring rampage in the fifth when Lichty sent one over the right field fence for a two-run homer to up the score to 7-2 that proved final. For Lichty, it was his second career dinger and his team’s seventh of the year.

Five of Huntington’s eight hits were for extra bases. Lichty and McCutcheon posted two hits apiece.

Alex McCutcheon continued his winning ways on the mound. The southpaw gave up five hits, two runs and three walks while striking out six in five innings of work to remain unblemished at 7-0 on the year after which reliever Joey Butz worked back-to-back 1-2-3 innings to close out the game.

Caleb Landrum was dominant on the bump in the nine-inning nightcap. The junior hurler went the distance to surrender seven hits, one run and a walk while striking out five for the complete-game win. The victory is his second of the year.

Just like the opener, Mount Vernon struck first in the third for the 1-0 advantage on Aaron Saal’s RBI-single but the hosts were quick to answer in their half of the frame. After McCutcheon led off with a double to left, Gustavo Bonilla drew a walk and then Collin Landrum ripped a shot into right to score McCutcheon. Courtesy runner Ryan Hale also came around to score on Jarret Gray’s sac fly as all three of the game’s runs were secluded to the third.

For as efficient as Landrum was, having thrown just 114 pitches in his nine innings of work, his teammates were just as efficient offensively. The Foresters tapped into just two of their four hits and a walk to manufacture their two runs.

With these wins, Huntington improves to 17-9 overall, 11-4 in league play. Next up for Frame’s crew is another home contest on Tuesday against Marian at 4:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL

Having split with Indiana Wesleyan, ranked 10th at the time, just ten days ago, the HU softball team wrapped up the regular season series with the Wildcats by splitting again, 8-11, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Field.

Meghan Fretz pitched a dandy in the nightcap to pick up the complete-game win by giving up nine hits two runs and two walks while striking out two. It’s the sophomore’s second W over the Wildcats this year and her sixth overall win of the season.

The game’s first run came at the bat Kiera Stacy who knocked in Jada Crofoot in the top of the fourth for a 1-0 HU lead. The Wildcats evened things up in fifth but HU was right back at it in their next at bat.

With two outs, Denaia Rice drew a walk, stole second and then came around to score on a misplayed grounder. Gower’s crew then strung together three straight singles with Hannah Shoupe’s driving in what proved the game-winning run. IWU would get one back in the bottom of the seventh but left the tying run on base to wrap up the afternoon.

Stacy finished with two of her team’s six hits and an RBI to pace the Foresters.

Huntington bolted out in front, 4-1, in the opener highlighted by Karley Blankenship’s solo shot in the second. But it wouldn’t hold as the 11th-ranked Wildcats took full advantage of back-to-back walks and a hit batsman in the third to load the bases on the way to plating three runs in the frame for a 4-4 stalemate.

HU countered in the fourth to enjoy one more lead thanks to Mallory West’s RBI-double and Jada Crofoot’s runs-scoring groundout. The visitors’ 6-4 advantage didn’t make it out of the frame as IWU manufactured four runs and then piled on three more in the sixth to open up an 11-6 lead.

The Foresters didn’t go down without a fight as they found a way to score twice in their last at bat before leaving two on base for a rally cut short. HU outhit their hosts 15-9 but the tell-tale story was the visitors leaving 11 base runners stranded.

Paige Eichelberger racked up three hits and an RBI. Rice also collected three base pokes. Stacy added two hits and two RBI while Crofoot and Blankenship each recorded a pair of hits and an RBI.

Fretz spent two innings in the circle and gave up six hits, five runs and a walk to be tagged with the loss.

TRACK & FIELD

It was a double win for the HU track and field teams as both the men and women brought home the Grizzly Invitational title on Saturday at the H. Dean Evans ’51 Track and Field Complex on the campus of Franklin College.

On the men’s side, Avniel Barrow was a double winner in the 100 meters (11.20) and 200 meters (23.02) in addition to anchoring the winning 4 x 100 M relay team. He along with Andrew Zachary, Heath Atkins and Cameron Worsham combined to run a 43.22.

The Foresters also claimed six other first place finishes. Adrien Gentie won the 3,000 meters by clocking in at 9:01.26, the second fastest time in school history. CJ Robertson also landed a spot in the HU record books by claiming the No. 10 spot in the 800 meters in a winning time of 1:57.50. He teamed up with Josiah Sovine, Elijah Chesterman and Aaron Hendryx to win the 4 x 400 M relay in 3:30.33.

Zach Williams was the main point-getter in field events. The junior thrower won discus with his PR mark of 40.34 meters. He also posted personal bests in hammer (41.44 meters) and shot put (12.55 meters) to finish second in both events.

Cameron Worsham and Heath Atkins were the other two Foresters to register a first place finish. Worsham ran a PR 15.56 in the 110 M hurdles while Atkins’ win came in long jump (6.35 meters).

Other top three finishers for Childs’ crew included Zachary in the 200 meters (2nd, 23.23) and 400 meters (2nd, 50.90*PR), Atkins in the 200 meters (3rd, 23.53), Gentie in the 800 meters (2nd, 1:58.20), Hendryx in the 3,000 meters (2nd, 9:27.28), Graham Johnson in the 400 M hurdles (2nd, 1:00.00*PR), Justin Edwards in the 400 M hurdles (3rd, 1:05.00*PR), Adam Woods in pole vault (2nd, 3.65 meters) and Connor Nash in pole vault (3rd, 3.65 meters).

HU ran away with the title with 109 points followed by Mount St. Joseph (66), Franklin (33), UNAT (24), Purdue Running Club (20) and IU Running Club (18).

The Forester women brought home seven first place finishes on their way to the top. In field event action, Holly Horton (36.67 meters) and Brooke Saylor (33.26 meters) won the discus and javelin respectively. For both, their mark was a PR and proved a top ten finish in school history. Saylor also posted a PR in shot put with her toss of 10.93 meters which was good for second place.

Molly Mitchell won the mile in 5:27.88, Saige Norris claimed the top spot in the 3,000 meters in 11:25.10 and Tayia Meadows ran a PR 13.18 to win the 100 meters. Meadows also sprinted her way to second place in the 200 meters in 29.09.

Two relay teams rounded out Huntington’s blue ribbons. Meadows, Emily Hubby, Jordan Adams and McFarland made up the winning 4 x 100 M relay team that clocked in at 53.72. The 4 x 400 M relay team of Mitchell, MacFarland, Jessica Chojnacki and Olivia Von Gunten posted a winning time of 4:13.28.

Other top three finishes included Adams in the 400 meters (2nd, 1:03.40), MacFarland in the 800 meters (2nd, 2:30.30*PR), Rachael Smelser in the 800 meters (3rd, 2:41.00), Chojnacki in the mile (2nd, 5:37.17) Erin Manchess in the 3,000 meters (3rd, 12:01.28), Alyssabeth Cottle in pole vault (3rd, 9-11.25*PR) and Madison Hoover in long jump (2nd, 4.19 meters).

The Foresters scored 86 points followed by Mount St. Joseph (82), Franklin (49), Purdue Running Club (18) and UNAT (10).

HU is back in action next weekend to host their own invitational on Saturday.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

The HU women’s tennis team claimed its second straight win Saturday afternoon at Klopfenstein Courts with a 5-2 decision over IU Southeast (7-9) on day two of the IWU Invitational.

The Foresters earned two wins in doubles action before the top three spots claimed straight set wins in singles play to accrue five points for the win.

With this win, Ferguson’s crew is 12-5 on the year which includes posting three wins against one loss this spring.

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 - Meg Dolde (HU) def. Lauren Winchell (IUSE) 6-1, 7-5

No. 2 - Morgan Fitzpatrick (HU) def. Alexis Applegate (IUSE) 6-3, 6-1

No. 3 - Lisa Colling (HU) def. Anne-Marie Mattox (IUSE) 6-4, 6-1

No. 4 - Camille Greenwell (IUSE) def. Lanae Singleton (HU) 6-3, 6-3

No. 5 - Marla Odendahl (HU) vs. Jeanine Soto (IUSE) - DNF

No. 6 - Molly Burton (HU) vs. Hallee Miller (IUSE) - DNF

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 - Dolde/Fitzpatrick (HU) def. Winchell/Applegate (IUSE) 8-6

No. 2 - Singleton/Colling (HU) def. Miller/Mattox (IUSE) 8-0

No. 3 - Soto/Greenwell (IUSE) def. Odendahl/Burton (HU) 8-5

MEN’S TENNIS

The Huntington men’s tennis team was on the wrong end of a 5-3 decision to IU Southeast (8-9) Saturday afternoon at Klopfenstein Courts as part of the IWU Invitational.

Illia Turaba and Sebastian Salas teamed up at No. 2 doubles to earn HU’s first point. Salas would go on to claim another win, a three-set thriller, at No. 4 singles. Ignacio Poncio was the Foresters’ only other winner at No. 1 singles.

Eckert’s crew is now 11-8 on the year. Huntington is back in action on Friday to host Aquinas at 4:00 p.m.

SINGLES RECAP

No. 1 - Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Garrett Fensler (IUSE) 6-2, 6-3

No. 2 - TJ Brady (IUSE) def. Mariano Echevarria (HU) 6-4, 6-4

No. 3 - Brock Winchell (IUSE) def. Niko Rongos (HU) 6-4, 6-3

No. 4 - Sebastian Salas (HU) def. Daulton Fensler (IUSE) 4-6, 6-1, 10-6

No. 5 - Jerid Inman (IUSE) def. Luke Buttermore (HU) 6-4, 6-2

No. 6 - Brody Worl (HU) vs. Alec Bates (IUSE) - DNF

DOUBLES RECAP

No. 1 - G. Fensler/Brady (IUSE) def. Poncio/Echevarria (HU) 8-4

No. 2 - Illia Turaba/Salas (HU) def. Winchell/D. Fensler (IUSE) 8-3

No. 3 - Buttermore/Rongos (HU) def. Bates/Inman (IUSE) 8-6

MEN’S GOLF

The Huntington men’s golf team finished 7th over the weekend at the Saint Francis-hosted Otter Creek Intercollegiate at Timbergate Golf Course. Sholund’s crew followed up their 319 on Friday by posting a 312 on day two for a 55-over-par 631.

Logan De Maa paced HU by finishing 9th overall with a 148 which included firing a one-under-par 71 on Saturday. Cale Carr shot a 75 each round to turn in a 150 for the 12th spot out of 43 golfers.

Andrew Weisheit carded a 161 (83, 78). Rounding out HU’s top five included David Beck with a 172 (84, 88) and Nick Whitney with a 182 (93, 89).

“We are really proud of the guys this weekend,” said Coach Sholund. “They did a good job managing the golf course and limiting mistakes.

“We work on staying in the moment and we did a nice job of that in this event. Congratulations to Logan for the first sub-par round of his collegiate career. The guys are excited to start back up at the Brickyard on Monday.”

Indiana Wesleyan claimed the title by posting a 585 followed by Saint Francis (588), Olivet Nazarene (591), Grace (609), Mount Vernon (610), Spring Arbor (610), HU (631) and Indiana Wesleyan B (632).

WOMEN’S GOLF

Competing in their second event of the spring, the Forester women’s golf team posted a 692 (356, 336) to finish ninth at the Otter Creek Intercollegiate hosted by St. Francis over the weekend at Timbergate Golf Course.

Sophomore Alexandria Maris and junior Betsy Schroeder finished within a stroke of each other to lead Sholund’s squad. Maris registered a 162 (83, 79) to finish 22nd out of 58 golfers. Schroeder carded an 84 on Friday followed by a 79 on Saturday for a 163, good for 24th overall.

Sophomore Megan Higgins turned in a 179 (92, 87), while junior Rachel Blauert shot a 188 (97, 91). Rounding out Huntington’s play was senior Sara Scott with a 197 (100, 97).

“The ladies showed a lot of grit this weekend in Columbus as they recovered from bad holes and focused on the things they can control,” Sholund said in the press release. “We are certainly gaining momentum as we work through some injuries. … As we improve in our game around the greens, the scores will continue to improve. Betsy and Alex have led us well this spring with consistent scoring. We are still a young team and that will serve us well moving forward.”