East Central tops in EIAC
The East Central Trojans swept the 2018-19 all-sports standings in Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference action. The Trojan boys totaled 139 points while the Lady Trojans notched 133. Batesville's boys were 2nd and the Lady Bulldogs 3rd. Franklin County's boys were tied for 6th; FC's boys placed 5th.
Batesville won conference in girls/boys cross country, boys tennis, football (Class 3A) and baseball (4-way tie with FC, EC and South Dearborn). The Trojans were champs or co-champs in 13 other sports.
In softball, Batesville led EIAC play with 25 stolen bases. Bulldog baseball was first in batting average (.313) and stolen bases (54) and 3rd in team ERA. Conference MVP Lane Oesterling was first in ERA (.72); Nathan Eckstein and Caleb Raab finished in the top 10. Calvin Sherwood was tops in steals with 10, followed by teammates Trey Heidlage, Quinn Werner and Sam Voegele with 9 each. Sherwood (.417) and Heidlage (.404) were top 10 in BA. EC's Alex Hornbach was boys track MVP this spring.
31st Bulldog Open is set
The Batesville Athletic Boosters will be holding the 31st annual Bulldog Open golf tournament at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club on Friday, July 26. The four-person scramble is open to the public and will start at 11 a.m. Golfers can sign up as a team of four or individually. There are also opportunities for hole and event sponsorships.
Louisville facing elimination
Batesville High School grads Bryan Hoeing and Zach Britton played a role in the University of Louisville's opening contest in the College World Series Sunday in Omaha, albeit in a losing effort.
Vanderbilt hit two home runs – both by leadoff hitter Austin Martin – to advance with a 3-1 win. Hoeing suffered the loss after coming into the game in the sixth inning; the senior Cardinal allowed two hits, a walk and two earned runs while striking out two. Britton laced a pinch-hit single in the ninth, his 12th knock in 20 at-bats in that role this year.
Louisville (49-17) faces Auburn June 18, 2 p.m., in a bid to stay alive in the tournament.