Bulldogs kick way into finals

Batesville’s boys soccer team gained a relatively easy entry into Saturday’s sectional final round on the heels of a 6-0 shutout of Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Franklin County Wednesday in Rushville.

As they’ve often done, the Bulldogs struck early on a corner take by Ian Powers and Willy Sherwood’s 1-touch finish. With 11:34 left in the half, Powers dribbled down left flank and crossed the ball into Sherwood for a similar play. At 3:46, Powers played a through ball to JJ Kuisel for a low shot into goal.

The first 23 minutes of the second half had no scoring, but that changed when Kent Meyers’ corner kick was played far post and finished by Calvin Sherwood. Less than 2 minutes later, Zach Harmeyer passed from right wing to Eli Pierson for a close shot on goal.

With reserves taking over, Sean Miner received the ball up top as striker and passed left to Chase Cummings for a nice left-footed shot.

BHS (7-7-1) gets the host Lions Saturday at 2 p.m. The Dogs defeated Rushville 3-1 back in August.

Lady Bulldogs split EIAC matches

Batesville’s varsity volleyball squad hosted EIAC rival Greensburg for Dig Pink Night Monday. The Bulldogs honored cancer survivors in the crowd by presenting them with a flower, t-shirt and admiration for their brave fight.

“We want to thank each and every cancer victim for coming out and supporting the Bulldogs and for showing us the true meaning of a fighting spirit,” said head coach Kateri Paul.

The visiting Pirates had the upper hand, 25-19, 25-21, 26-24, as the Dogs were without starting setter Kylie Laker (ankle). Regina Gerstbauer filled in, doing what her coach called a “super job.” Laney Walsman was credited for serving and Cayman Werner for front-row offense.

“It’s hard to overcome losing our captain, but we put up a great fight,” Paul added. “We just had too many unforced errors with their great blocking.”

The Dogs traveled to South Dearborn Tuesday, shaking off a sluggish start to win in 5 sets. Scores were 18-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-15, 15-11.

Paul said, “It’s always good to get a conference win on the road.”

Nikki Fox was perfect on all 28 of her serves, earning 20 points and 7 aces.

BHS (17-9, 4-2) hosted Lawrenceburg Thursday ahead of a home sectional match with Rushville Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

BHS reserves bested

The Batesville Bulldogs lost in junior varsity football Monday to Greensburg, 19-14.

Batesville’s first touchdown came on a 67-yard pass from Bryson Bonelli to Trenton Kincaide. Gabe Gunter caught the 2-point conversion from Bonelli to take an 8-6 lead. Brady Hornberger had the final score on a 5-yard pass from Bonelli. Abe Hollins set up that score with a nice 55-yard reception.

Josh Mobley, Vonley Hund, Trent Roell, Nate Deputy and Nick McConnell led the defense.

JV girls sweep SD

Batesville’s reserve volleyballers (15-7) defeated conference rival South Dearborn Tuesday, 25-16, 25-16.

Sydnee Schaefer was 11-of-11 serving, scoring 8 points and 5 aces. Brayleigh Patterson connected on 10-of-11 from the service line, also getting 8 pts. and 5 aces. Shelby Westerfeld pounded 6 kills and Belle Westerfeld and Naia Bustinza added 2 each.

BMS runs at state

Batesville Middle School competed at the state cross country meet Oct. 5. The boys finished 5th while the girls posted an incomplete.

Jake Chapman and Kaylynn Bedel finished 23rd overall, followed by Eli Loichinger 24th, Emi Lopez 39th, Otto Hund 44th, Cannon Clark 81st, Megan Allgeier 139th, Santiago Schutte, 205th and Landon Raver 216th.