Sports Shorts: May 9
LP softball gets blanked by Lake Central
Class 4A No. 1 Lake Central (21-1, 12-1 DAC) completed a season sweep of La Porte (13-8, 5-7 DAC) on Wednesday with a 10-0 home victory over the Slicers in a five-inning affair. The Slicers had just two hits as a team, while L.C. scored runs in every frame but the second.
Area baseball sectional pairings
The area baseball sectional draw was announced by the IHSAA on Sunday night. La Porte faces South Bend Riley in a Class 4A Plymouth Sectional opener, and Michigan City plays Mishawaka at Plymouth in another opener. New Prairie meets John Glenn in the first round of the Class 3A Mishawaka Marian Sectional, while three-time defending sectional-champion South Central faces Argos in a Class A South Bend Career Academy Sectional opener. LaCrosse plays Triton in another opener at South Bend Career Academy, and Marquette meets the host Senators in a Class A Washington Township Sectional opener. In the same sectional at WT, Westville faces Gary 21st Century. Sectionals run May 22‐27 with winners moving into a two‐game regional on June 1.
LP girls tennis adds match
The Slicer girls tennis team has added a match at Wheeler on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
NP baseball falls to Adams
Hunter Robinson struck out 11 on Wednesday, but the Cougars fell to 18-4 (8-3 NIC) with a 1-0 loss to South Bend Adams. Ethan Nielson had the lone hit of the contest for the Cougars.
Gilpin, Cougars softball beat NIC foe
Karissa Gilpin threw six innings of six-hit softball with eight strikeouts in the Cougars’ 11-6 victory over Adams on Wednesday. After falling behind 6-0 through an inning and a half, the Cougars scored the final nine runs of the game to improve to 13-6 (8-2 NIC). Kylie Briner, Maddie McSurley and Lauren Wilcoxson all drove in runs for New Prairie.
Cougars girls tennis drops NIC contest
New Prairie’s girls tennis team fell 4-1 at Elkhart Central on Wednesday. At No. 1 singles, Megan Boyd prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 12-10 for the Cougars (9-6, 3-4 Northern Indiana Conference). New Prairie’s JV lost 7-1.
NP boys golf defeats Westville
Nathan Middlebrook, Nolan Szymanski and James Goodlink all carded rounds of 52 in the Cougars’ 211-259 victory over Westville on Wednesday to improve to 3-7 on the season.
Marquette nets narrow win over La Lu
Kassandra Loza’s 7-6, 6-1 triumph at No. 3 singles lifted the Marquette Catholic girls tennis team to a 3-2 win over La Lumiere on Wednesday. Sydni Thomas and Sophie Thompson were leading the No. 1 doubles match 7-6, 3-1 when the Lakers forfeited. Freshman Emily Silvas took No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-1.
Blazers, Mustangs tie -- at 18!
Marquette and Kouts combined for 18 hits, 22 errors and 36 runs over seven innings Tuesday, but couldn’t decide a victor before the sun went down as the baseball teams settled for an 18-18 tie. The Blazers (4-7-1) were kept scoreless through the first three innings while Kouts built up a 7-0 lead and still trailed by seven (14-7) in the sixth inning before erupting for 10 runs to take a 17-14 cushion. Kouts answered with four runs to reclaim the lead at 18-17, only to cough up the tying run with two outs in the seventh when John Allen scored from second on an error. Marquette held Kouts scoreless for the first -- and only -- time in the bottom half to secure the draw. Allen and Karsen Grott each scored four runs with Zach Donaldson driving in three. Only two of Kouts’ 18 runs were earned.
Plymouth Baseball Sectional information
La Porte’s baseball team will face South Bend Riley in a Class 4A Plymouth Sectional opener at 5 p.m. on May 22. On May 23, South Bend Clay meets South Bend Adams at 5 p.m., and Michigan City plays Mishawaka at about 7. The first semifinal is May 25 at noon with the Pilgrims facing the La Porte/Riley winner, followed by the second semifinal at roughly 2:30. The final is set for 5 p.m. on May 27. Tickets are $6 per session or $10 for a season ticket.
All-Star Basketball tickets on sale at LPHS
A limited number of tickets are available for purchase in the La Porte High School athletic office for the Indiana/Kentucky girls and boys all-star basketball games on June 8 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Cost of a ticket is $15. The girls game will begin at 4 p.m. CDT, followed by the boys game at 6 p.m. La Porte County will be well represented as Slicer Riley Ott, Michigan City’s Hannah Noveroske and Marquette twins Emma and Sophia Nolan will participate.
City hosting FB showcase
Michigan City will host a Region College Football Showcase for prospective college athletes May 28 at Ames Field. Registration is at 5 p.m. NCAA Division II and III and NAIA coaches will be on hand for evaluation. The linemen session will run from 5:30 to 6:30 followed by the skill position session from 7 to 8:15. The event will consist of footwork and position drills, one on ones and seven on sevens. Athletes will receive a registration numbered T-shirt to aid in the identification process. Cost is $10 per athlete. A concession stand will be open for spectators.