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April 10, 2019

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The Press-Dispatch Sports Wednesday, April 10, 2019 B- 3 Diamond men take the win at Princeton Braxton Rice went seven innings in the 5 -1 win over the Tigers in the Princeton invitational opener and then Race Britton pitched six in- nings in the 14-7 champion- ship contest against South Knox. Coach Joe Cummings said, "We won the first game against Princeton at 11 and then played the win- ner of the North Knox vers- es South Knox match up in the evening." In the 14-7 final with South Knox, the Chargers grabbed the lead in the sixth after scoring six runs in the third. Singles by Brayten Rice and Connor O'Neal, a triple off Draven Huff's bat and then another single by Race Britton helped put four runs across for the 11-7 ad- vantage in the sixth. Three more Charger runs in the seventh, and then three up and three down on strikeouts retired the side. Braxton Rice was three of four at the plate, with four runs and one RBI. Jo- ey Church was two of three with two runs, while Britton was one of three with three runs and three RBIs. O'Ne- al was two of three with two runs and a pair of RBIs. Troy Rickard, Brennon Benton, Alex Clark and Draven Huff all had one hit each. Britton threw 121 pitch- es, allowed eight hits, four earned runs, struck out 13 and walked three. Church pitched one inning, allowing two earned runs, striking out one and walking three. 5-1 WIN OVER PRINCETON The Chargers got two runs across in the second inning on singles by O'Ne- al and Coleman. O'Neal crossed home plate for the insurance runs on three sev- enth-inning hits. O'Neal had two stolen bases, Church had one and Troy Rickard was issued the only walk. Rice went the distance with 100 pitches. Rice gave up five sin- gles and three walks, while striking out four with one earned run. He was backed up with Eli Coleman's hit and two RBIs. Draven Huff came through with a single, a double and an RBI. Bren- non Benton, Joey Church and Connor O'Neal slapped the other three hits for the club. Coach added, "I'm very proud of them. It was one of those things we needed. We could definitely see an attitude change. You could just tell they were up there to bat and hit the ball. Connor (O'Neal) hadn't had a hit un- til this week. It isn't that he isn't a hitter. He hit it right at people, but Connor had a break out weekend. Draven Huff was hot against Princ- eton. Kyle Williams was sick and wasn't able to play. He went to the emergency room on Friday morning and is still not in school." Lady Chargers middle school softball teams defeat Heritage Hills Chloe Williams threw a gem on Thursday night for the Pike Central Middle School A team, allowing ze- ro runs and beating Heri- tage Hills by a score of 9 -0. Alyna Sharp led the team to victory by driv- ing in four runs. She went three for four at the plate and drove in runs on a dou- ble in the first and a triple in the second inning. The Lady Chargers got on board in the first inning when Delaney Welch sin- gled, scoring one run. The team notched five runs in the second inning. The of- fensive onslaught came from a triple by Sharp, a single by Chloe Williams and a ground out by Brai- ley Mills. Williams earned the win for the Lady Chargers. She surrendered zero runs on six hits over five innings, striking out four and issu- ing no walks. The Chargers had a total of 12 hits. Delaney Welch, Alyna Sharp, Karley Kava- naugh and Chloe Williams each racked up multiple hits for the team. Sharp and Welch each collected three hits to lead the team. Heritage Hills scored three runs in the fifth in- ning, but Pike Central Mid- dle School B team still won 7-4 on Thursday night. In the first inning, the Lady Chargers got their offense started by scoring one run when Hailey Fulcher sin- gled. Karley Kavanaugh got the start for the Pike Cen- tral Middle School B team. She allowed zero hits and zero runs over three in- nings, striking out three and walking one. The Chargers collected seven hits on the day. Lexie Onyett, Lakin Sorgius and Kavanaugh each collected two hits to lead the team. By Andy Heuring Press-Dispatch Sports Two locals will fight this Saturday night at the Ford Center in the Guns and Hos- es charity boxing match be- tween local police officers and firefighters. It is a ma- jor fundraiser for the char- ity 911 Gives Hope, which works to improve the lives of children and people with disabilities in the local com- munity. Petersburg Police Cpl. Jarod Simmons and Pike County 911 Dispatcher and Reserve Officer Bryce Manning will square off with Evansville Firefight- ers in a boxing match for the Guns and Hoses event. Both have pugilistic ex- perience. Simmons said he wrestled from the sixth grade through his junior year of high school. He al- so did some cage fighting with the MMA in the past. "I have never done straight boxing, but I have fought before. I just always wanted to do it. I have the time to try and train for it," said Simmons. He will face Michael Dor- an with the Evansville Fire Department. Doran has participated in all 13 pri- or events. Simmons is list- ed as 5'10", 165 pounds and 33 years old. Doran is list- ed as 5'9", 178 pounds and 46 years old. Bryce Manning wrestled for Pike Central. In his se- nior year, he was a semi- state qualifier at heavy- weight. Manning is a re- serve officer and works as a dispatcher for Pike Coun- ty 911. "We were all talking about it here in the depart- ment. I researched 911 Gives Hope and what the organization likes to do with the local charities. I just thought it was a great organization. I have always wanted to do some sort of boxing," said Manning. So when this opportunity came up, he jumped at it. Manning will be fight- ing Russ Word, also of the Evansville Fire Depart- ment. Word is a veteran of 11 Guns and Hoses. Man- ning is listed as 6'2", 250 pounds and 22 years old. Word is 6'3", 243 pounds and 45 years old. Simmons and Manning train with the other police team members in the Guns and Hoses competition. The event begins at 8 p.m. in the Ford Center. A fter opening ceremonies, there will be 13 matches. Three of the matches will be women boxers. Each match will consist of three, one-minute rounds. Tickets for the event are on sale now at all Ticket- master locations. Floor seats are $ 30, while re- served seats are $25 and $20. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, with children 12 and un- der $5. Locals fighting Guns and Hoses Big bass Mark Hamm caught a 6.5-pound largemouth bass recently in Pike County. He said he used a crank bait to catch it. Hamm said a couple of years earlier he caught a seven-pound bass. MAY 11, 2019 S AT U R D AY Deadline is Monday, May 6 at 5 p.m. EMAIL ������������classifieds@pressdispatch�net Email us your ad! Please include your name and phone number. 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