Central swept a doubleheader Saturday against Southside in the last baseball edition of the rivalry series. The Bearcats won the first game 3-0 and the second game 6-3. Jordan Poore pitched a complete game in the first game for the Bearcats, striking out 13 batters. Poore was also crucial in the second game, connecting for a two-run homer.
Joe Scruggs had two doubles for Central in the second game. Logan Conklin was productive for Southside, logging two hits.
Central coach Justin Whittenburg described the day as both weird and special. He has been involved with the rivalry as a player, assistant coach and head coach, but Saturday marked its end unless the teams meet in sectionals.
“It was kind of a bittersweet day,” Whittenburg said.
* Rough day for Blackhawks: Cowan was swept in a doubleheader against Centerville, losing the first game 5-3 and the second game 12-0. Luke Miller went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run in the first game, scoring two runs. Brady Harris had a hit and a run scored in the first game.
* Eagles take tough split: At afternoon’s end, Delta found itself with a 4-3 win and a 2-1 loss against Mount Vernon in Hoosier Heritage Conference play, but the host Eagles came perilously close to the sweep.
They led 1-0 going into the seventh inning of game one with Rob Fox on a roll. But two hits and a steal put Marauders on second and third and a base hit brought them home.
“Fox pitched really well,” Delta coach Terry Summers said. “We didn’t have enough offense.”
Fox struck out eight with no walks and finished the day with three hits, including a double. Tate Stone added four base knocks for the Eagles (8-5, 3-5 HHC).
* Golden Bears split: Monroe Central fell 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader against Adams Central before winning the second game 10-5. Kaiser Phillips went 4-for-7 for the Golden Bears for the day, and teammate Beau Combs was 3-for-8 with two doubles. Brayton Miller struck out six batters and was the winning pitcher in the second game.
* Broncos roll: Daleville trumped Burris 9-5 and 20-2, taking advantage of 11 errors in the second game. The Broncos’ T.J. Price hit safely six times, with three doubles, five steals, scored five runs and drove in four. Corbin Maddox added five hits, three doubles, six runs and five steals, while Elliott Jackson had a home run.
* Patriots roll: Jay County crushed Winchester with wins by scores of 14-0 and 20-3. Jason Houston finished the day with five hits and seven RBIs for the Patriots (3-5). Kyle Selvey and Tanner Reynolds each drove in two runs in the second game.
* Fifth stops Yorktown: The Tigers dropped a 5-1 game to Pendleton Heights to even their record at 6-6 and Hoosier Heritage Conference record at 3-3. Brady Horinescored the long Yorktown run after a double in the third, but the Arabians posted a four-run fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie and take the win.
* Warriors dominant: Wes-Del swept a doubleheader against Liberty Christian, winning the first game 12-1 and the second game 21-2. Devin Gill and Matt Emrick each had five hits and four stolen bases for the day for the Warriors. Each player drove in two runs, and Emrick scored six and Gill scored five.
* Friday’s late results: New Castle split a doubleheader Friday with Greenfield-Central, losing 17-5 in the opener but rallying for a 9-7 win. Zak Kellogg had a combined four hits.