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April 13, 2022

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SIXTH GRADE All A Honor Rolle Vivienne Young Most Improved Miahnie Bairnsfather Jordan McGowan Zoey Neal Abby Weber Vivienne Young Trinitee Young-Nimrick FIFTH GRADE A-B Honor Roll Jordan Humphrey Bryson Schatz Lillian Sloan Most Improved Jordan Humphrey Daisee Keeker Lizzy Morrow Bryson Schatz FOURTH GRADE All A Honor Roll Emerey Ferguson A-B Honor Roll Alexa Pharris Kolten Stewart-Green Elliott solar farm permits approved By Janice Barniak Commissioners approved road use and right-of-way agreements for the El- liott Solar Project in their regular meet- ing last week. Attorney Jason Spindler said he had re- viewed Tenaska's documentation. Local company spokesperson Rick Reed said they'd had no issues with ease- ments so far. Commissioner Mary Key said Coun- ty Engineer Matt Holden was on board, and the documents were fine from a le- gal perspective. Commissioner Warren Fleetwood stepped out to abstain from the vote as he has a potential conflict of interest. Chargers fall to North Knox in another heart breaker By Mike Sandifar For the third time in four outings, the Pike Central Charger Baseball Team lost another "heart breaker," this time falling for the second time in six days to North Knox, this time by a 7-5 score (The Chargers lost a tough 11-8 encounter on Monday, April 4th) in the Princeton Invita- tional Tournament this past Satur- day afternoon. Pike Central jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after one at bat in Saturday's battle, but North Knox, just as quick, knotted the score at 2-2 by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first inning. The Chargers continued to take advantage of the Warrior pitching in the top of the second frame. Sophomore Zach Miller walked on four pitches to open the Pike Cen- tral half of the second inning, then moved to second base on a single to left field by senior Evan Conder to put runners on first and second for the Chargers, with no outs. That brought junior Gavin Pan- cake to the plate, and Pancake made contact with the baseball, but he was thrown out at first base for the first out of the inning; however, Miller moved to third on the play and Cond- er to second to give the Chargers a pair of runners in scoring position with just one out. A fter a strike out for the second out of the frame, Whitehead made his second appearance at the plate in two innings, and the hard-hitting freshman drilled a line drive double to centerfield to score both Miller and Conder to give the Chargers a 4-2 lead. The next hitter to step into the bat- ter's box for Pike Central was junior Kendric Sorgius, with Whitehead on second. Sorgius made solid contact with the baseball, the ball was fielded by the Warrior second sacker and thrown to first for the third out of the inning. Sorgius faced just three batters in the bottom of the second inning. He struck out the first two Warriors, then got the next North Knox batter to ground out to end the inning with the Chargers holding on to a 4-2 ad- vantage. Neither team scored in the third inning, and Sorgius faced only four Warriors in the bottom of the third frame, as the Chargers continued to hold onto a 4-2 lead over North Knox. Pike Central did not score in the top of the fourth inning, but North Knox pushed a pair of runs across the plate to tie the score at 4-4 after four full innings of baseball. North Knox held the Chargers scoreless in the top of the fifth frame to keep the score at 4-4 after four and one-half innings, but in the bottom of the fifth, the Warriors scored three runs to take a 7-4 advantage over Pike Central after five complete in- nings. Neither could "get a runner home" in the sixth inning, and the Warriors maintained their 7-4 lead as the Char- gers went to bat in the top of the sev- enth inning. A fter a pair of ground outs to open the top of the seventh frame, Dent was hit by a pitch on a 3-2 count to give the Chargers a runner on first, with two outs and May at the plate. May hit a line drive single to cen- ter to move Dent to second, giving Pike Central runners on first and second, with two outs. That brought Knust to the plate, and the freshman worked the War- rior hurler for a walk to load the bas- es. Miller stepped into the batter's box for Pike Central, and on a 1-0 count, Dent scored on a wild pitch to move the Chargers to within just two runs at 7-5. The passed ball moved the PCHS runners to third and second, with still two outs. Miller worked the Warrior pitcher to a 2-2 count, but on the 2-2 pitch, Miller struck out swinging to end the game. "We again played well, and we ac- tually held the lead for a good portion of the game, but we just couldn't hold on to get the win," said Pike Central Coach Dustin Powell after the game, "I don't feel good about losing, but I really feel good about the progress our team is making. "I think we are competing, and we have gotten better each time out. "I believe in the next couple of weeks, we are going to turn these close games around. "We are very young, and our young kids are contributing right now—We may be the youngest team in south- ern Indiana. "They are getting experience, and with that experience, we are going to be better." The Chargers banged out five hits against the Warrior pitching, with Whitehead banging out a double, and May, Knust, Conder, and Pancake all poking singles. The Pike Central batters worked the North Knox pitchers for four walks, and Dent (twice), May, White- head, and Miller were all hit by the pitcher, giving the Chargers 14 base-runners in the contest. Sorgius went the distance on the mound for Pike Central, and the ju- nior hurler struck out nine Warriors. The Chargers committed just one error in the well-played affair, while the Warriors did not commit an er- ror in the encounter. Now 0 -5 overall and 0 -1 in the Pocket Athletic Conference (PAC), the Chargers were scheduled to return to action last night against Princeton at Pike Central in a con- ference match-up. Young Charger Baseball team not enough for North Knox By Mike Sandifar For the second time in the two games the Pike Central Charger Baseball Team has played, the young Chargers have "more than competed," but for the second straight game, competing wasn't enough, as Pike Central fell to North Knox 11-8 to fall to 0 -2 on the young 2022 diamond season here on Monday, April 4. The Chargers were trailing 3-0 af- ter four innings of baseball against the Warriors, but in the top of the fifth inning Pike Central pushed a run across the plate to pull within 3-1 when senior Harley May opened the Charger half of the inning by getting hit by a pitch to earn a trip to first base. Senior Evan Conder worked the Warrior pitcher for a walk to give Pike Central runners at first and second, with no outs. A fter a strike out by the Chargers, freshman Noah Meece smacked a hard shot at the Warrior short- stop, who cleanly field the hard-hit ground ball and fired it to first for the second Pike Central out of the inning. On the fielder's choice play, the Chargers moved the runner on sec- ond to third, with freshman Albert Whitehead the next hitter to take his place at the plate for Pike Cen- tral. Whitehead slapped a single to right field, and the Chargers scored their first run of the fray. Junior Isaac Burdette was the next batter to stand in for the vis- itors, and he poked a fly ball to left field that the Warrior outfielder caught for the third out of the in- ning for Pike Central. The hosts put five more runs across the plate in the bottom of the fifth frame to put North Knox up by a score of 8 -1 after five full in- nings of play. Pike Central put another run home in the top of the sixth inning to move within 8 -2 after five and one-half innings of baseball. In the bottom of the sixth frame, the hosts pushed three more runs across home plate to take an 11-2 advantage over the visitors after six full innings of non-conference ac- tion on the diamond. In the top of the seventh inning, the Pike Central bats came alive, and the Chargers scored six runs to move within 11-8 of the host War- riors before the eventual winners closed out the top half of the sev- enth inning and end the game, but not before the Chargers put a scare into the host Warriors. Miller opened the top of the sev- enth with a line drive single to left field, then Meece walked to put runners on first and second with no outs with Whitehead taking his place in the batter's box. Whitehead, like Meece, worked the Warrior pitcher for a base on balls to load the bases for fresh- man Aaron Johnson, and Johnson also walked to score Miller to move the scoreboard to 11-3. The next Charger to come to the plate was Kannon Garcia, and the sophomore outfielder immediate- ly made the Warrior hurler pay for putting the baseball across the plate by drilling a line drive single to left field to score Meece and keep the bases loaded with no outs and the score now 11-4. That brought junior Kendric Sor- gius to the plate, and he, like three of the prior four Charger hitters, drew a walk to score Whitehead and reduce the Warrior lead to 11- 5, with still no outs and the bases still full for junior Jagar Dent. Dent hit a hard smash to the left side of the infield, and the North Knox third baseman scooped up the ball and touched the third base bag to get a force out on Garcia; howev- er, Arnold (who came in as a courte- sy runner for Johnson) raced home for another Pike Central run and Dent was on first base on the field- er's choice play to edge the Char- gers to within 11-6. That brought up another (the Chargers have seven freshmen on the PCHS varsity) freshman in the person of Parker Knust with run- ners on first and second. Knust worked the count to 3-2 be- fore getting a free pass to first base to move Arnold to third and Sorgi- us to second to once again load the bases, this time for freshman Na- te Carter. Carter continued to "eagle eye" the Warrior pitching, and the first- year varsity performer worked the North Knox hurler for yet another walk to force in Sorgius to make the score 11-7 with still just one out. With the bases still full, Miller (batting for the second time in the top of the seventh) stepped to the plate, and the sophomore put the bat on the ball for a hard ground ball to the North Knox third sacker, who once again cleanly fielded the ball and touched the third base bag for a force out of Knust, who was head- ing to third from second base. Despite getting the second out of the inning on the play, Dent was off and running on the "crack of the bat" and scored to narrow the Warrior advantage to just 11-8, with Charger runners now on first and second on the fielder's choice play. That brought Meece back to the plate for his second plate appear- ance of the seventh frame, and the freshman made contact with the ball on a 0 -1 pitch to short right field—but the ball was caught, and the game was over with North Knox on top 11-8. The Chargers hammered out five hits in the encounter on dou- bles by Sorgius and Dent and sin- gles by Garcia, Miller, and White- head. Pike Central also worked the Warrior pitchers for eight walks, and May was hit by a pitch to give the Chargers 14 base-runners in the fray. Burdette, for the second time in two games, took the loss on the mound for Pike Central, now 0 -2 on the early 2022 season. "We are competing, and we are just a couple of fly balls from be- ing 2-0 right now instead of 0 -2, but overall, I am very pleased with how our kids are playing," said Charger Coach Dustin Powell after Mon- day's loss to North Knox, "We have to do a few things better, but our young kids are really doing a great job for us. "We have freshmen who are get- ting the job done for us, both at the plate and in the field, and I believe they are only going to get better as the season goes on. "I think in the next couple of weeks, we are going to turn these close games around." The Chargers were at Prince- ton on Saturday morning to take on the host Tigers in the first game of the Princeton Invitational Tour- nament in a morning outing, then played North Knox in an afternoon encounter. base runners in the fray. The Chargers committed just one error in the game, while the Rebels played their seven innings in the field without a miscue in the well-played outing by both teams. "We got behind early and just weren't able to come all the way back," said Charger Coach Dustin Powell after the game, "but as we have throughout the first two weeks of this season, we never quite and came back to put quite a scare in them. "We hit the ball pretty well, but we seemed to hit the ball at the fielders more than not. "I still feel we are getting better with each game as we get needed ex- perience." The Chargers were scheduled to participate in the Princeton Invita- tional Tournament on Saturday at Gil Hodges Field in Princeton. SPENCER Continued from page 4

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