Franklin wins tourney; Bixler named MVP
FRANKLIN — Franklin College won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s baseball tournament and sophomore outfielder Ryan Bixler was named the tournament’s MVP.
The Grizzlies capped a perfect three-game run through the tournament by defeating Anderson University 7-1 on Saturday. With the victory, Franklin (38-3) earned the HCAC’s automatic berth to the NCAA D-III Tournament.
Bixler, a Cass product, earned the MVP award after batting .416 (5 for 12) with three home runs and five runs over the three games.
Bixler is one of the HCAC’s top players. He leads the league in runs (62), is second in both homers (14) and RBI (54) and is fifth in batting average (.376).
Tipton takes runner-up in Hoosier Conf. golf
LAFAYETTE — Tipton’s boys golf team had a strong showing in the Hoosier Conference’s tournament on Saturday at the Ravines G.C.
Tipton finished second with a score of 315, one shot back of Lafayette Central Catholic. Benton Central was third with 318. Western (339) was sixth in the 10-team field, Northwestern (349) was eighth and Cass (354) was ninth.
Tipton had four players crack the top 12 — Griffin Hare (77) was part of a four-way tie for third place, Noah Wolfe (78) tied for seventh, Alec Weddell (79) was 10th and Ethan Clouser (81) tied for 12th.
Kyle Sanders led Western. He carded an 80 and finished 11th. The Panthers also counted Kacy Wilson’s 86, Spencer Chambers’ 86 and Levi Purtee’s 87.
Northwestern’s top four scores came from Cole Riley (85), Michael Bolyard (86), Blaine Armstrong (88) and Bryce Cunningham (90).
Ben Carpenter led Cass with an 82 and the Kings also counted Mason Hahn’s 88, Conrad Emmons’ 89 and Andy Conwell’s 95.
Western M.S. bowlers win regional tourney
The Western middle school bowlers won the regional tournament Saturday at Heritage Lanes.
The top four scores for a school combine to make the team score. Western’s scores came from Haydn Hunt (four-game series of 788), Trenton Pulsipher (637), Marianna Hunt (573) and Monte Babb (537).
Individually, Western had three champions. Haydn Hunt won the seventh-grade boys division, Babb won sixth-grade boys and Marianna Hunt won fifth-grade girls. These bowlers qualified for the state finals to be held Saturday at Championship Lanes in Anderson.
Pulsipher finished third in eighth-grade boys. Other top-five finishers included Carroll’s Justin Davis (629) in eighth-grade boys and Western’s Caleb Burk (531) in sixth-grade boys.