Taylor’s Anna Gunderson, a Center Grove High School graduate, was named to the Crossroads League All-Tournament Team after helping the Trojans to the championship and the softball team’s first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament.
The freshman second baseman had nine hits in 21 at-bats (.430), with two doubles, one triple, one home run, one stolen base, two RBIs and six runs scored in five games. Taylor defeated Marian, Mount Vernon Nazarene and Bethel to claim the winners bracket title; and Huntington fought its way through the losers bracket to earn the right to play the Trojans for the championship, needing to defeat them twice. Huntington won the first game, but Taylor won the deciding contest to claim the title.
Gunderson had five hits in eight at-bats in the two championship games. Taylor will travel to Waleska, Georgia, on May 14 to 16 to take part in one of the 10 first-round four-team tournaments that will determine the 10 teams that will compete for the national championship in Columbus, Georgia, beginning May 23.
Competing against college and professional competitors at the Payton Jordan Track and Field Invitational at Palo Alto, California, considered the premier distance event of the spring season, Wisconsin’s Austin Mudd ran a personal-best 3:40.16 in the 1,500 meters, an event in which he achieved All-American status in last year’s outdoor season. The junior finished sixth overall and second among college runners.
Notre Dame’s Conner Stapleton finished 13th of 25 competitors in the 400-meter hurdles in 54.96 at Indiana’s Billy Hayes Track and Field Invitational. Rose-
Hulman’s Nathan Catt was 21st of 32 in the 1,500 (4:02.44), and Indiana’s Sydney Clute was third of 22 in the women’s pole vault (13-7¼).
Ball State’s Jordan Timmons was 19th of 27 in the women’s
800 meters in 2:25.68 and 26th of 30 in the 1,500 (5:03.72) at Purdue’s Dave Rankin Track and Field Invitational.
Butler’s Shelbi Burnett was seventh of 17 in the 1,500 (4:49.44) at the Bulldogs’ Stan Lyons Track and Field Invitational.
Competing at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Track and Field Championships, Indianapolis’ Katy Watson was sixth of 21 in the shot put (40-5½) and third of 29 in the discus (135-5½). Southern Indiana’s Jordan Jones was 11th of 26 in the shot put
(36-5), 25th of 29 in the discus
(91-10), 14th of 23 in the hammer (124-6) and 12th of 22 in the javelin (91-10).
The Rose-Hulman golfers finished fourth in the eight-team Heartland Conference Tournament. Kent Kraus was fourth for the Engineers and 21st overall with scores of 81-86-80-80—327
The Indiana softball team (17-38, 5-18) defeated Valparaiso and lost three to Nebraska. Natalie Lalich scored one run and had no hits in eight at-bats and is hitting .273 (24 for 88).
The Anderson softball team (29-7) won the Heartland Conference Championship Tournament, defeating Transylvania, Rose-
Hulman and Bluffton. Shelby Shaffer had four hits in eight at-bats, with one triple, two RBIs and five runs scored, and is hitting .433 (26 for 60) in 23 games, 19 as a starter.
The Marian baseball team (18-27) lost to Spring Arbor in its last regular season game and defeated Taylor in the first round of the Crossroads League Tournament before being eliminated with losses to Spring Arbor and Taylor. Brice Laigle had two hits in 12 at-bats with two runs scored in the four games and finished the season with a .298 batting average (25 for 84).
Sammy Wilkerson was the starting and winning pitcher for Grace in a 7-4 defeat of Huntington. The freshman gave up seven hits, four earned runs and two walks in 5 1/3 innings and struck out six. He has a 4-1 record with a 4.71 ERA in 49 2/3 innings.
Indiana State sprinter
Katie Wise won the 200-meter dash (23.18) in a field of 30 runners and was a member of the winning 400 relay team at Indiana’s Billy Hayes Track and Field Invitational. She did not participate in the 100. Franklin’s Anna Murdock, Heartland Conference Female Track Athlete of the Year, was sixth of 18 in the 800 (2:13.85).
The IUPUI softball team
(22-22) won two against Wright State and lost three to IPFW. Lindsey Richards was 5 for 13 in the five games, with seven RBIs, four runs scored and one home run and is hitting .261 (30 for 115).
The Hanover baseball team (16-19) defeated Transylvania and closed out its season with a three-game sweep of Mount St. Joseph. Zack Shultz had eight hits in 14 at-bats in the four wins, with three RBIs, eight runs scored and one double, and completed his season with a .326 batting average (43 for 132).
Alex Krupa had four hits, two RBIs, three stolen bases and two runs scored in six at-bats for the Iowa Western baseball team
(41-10) in two wins against Southeastern Community College and is hitting .385 (40 for 104).
The Marian baseball team (18-27) lost to Spring Arbor in its final regular-season game, defeated Taylor in the first round of the Crossroads League Tournament and then lost to Spring Arbor and Taylor to be eliminated. Conner Beidelman had two hits and one run scored in six at-bats in the four games and hit .212 (14 for 66) for the season.
The Anderson baseball
team (25-13) split two games
with DePauw and won two of three against Earlham. Conner Morris had three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored in 21 at-bats in the five games and is hitting .283 (41 for 145).
Competing for Indianapolis in the Great Lakes Valley
Conference Track and Field Championships, Kailey Evans was 16th of 18 in the 100 meters (13.07), 14th of 17 in the long jump (16-9¼) and ninth of 13 in the triple jump (33-10¼).
Franklin defeated Defiance 5-1 and lost 5-1 to Earlham in the Heartland Conference Tennis Tournament. Ryan Hammer won 8-5 at No. 1 doubles in the win and lost 8-5 in the loss.
The Ohio Northern tennis team defeated Mount Union 5-1 in the semifinals of the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament and lost 5-2 to Otterbein in the finals. Brittany Toney lost 8-5 at No. 1 doubles and led 7-5, 4-2 at No. 6 singles against Mount Union when the match was stopped, and lost 8-2 and 6-0, 6-1 to Otterbein.
The Butler softball team
(24-28, 10-10) won one of three against DePaul. Chelsea Norwood had four hits in eight at-bats in the three games, with two doubles and three RBIs, and is batting .263 (36 for 137).
The IPFW softball team
(38-13) swept two games with Eastern Michigan and three with IUPUI. Kelly Pevely played in one
game against Eastern Michigan and had two hits and one RBI
in four at-bats and is hitting
.222 (6 for 27).
The Southeastern softball team (36-16) defeated Warner
and Embry-Riddle and lost to
St. Thomas and the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. DeVyn Barker scored three runs in the four games and was hitless in
The Taylor softball team won the Crossroads League tournament and qualified for the NAIA national tournament with wins against Marian, Mount Vernon Nazarene and Bethel, a loss to Huntington and a defeat of Huntington in the final game. Alex Lovelace had six hits in 21 at-bats in the five games, with four runs scored, one RBI, one double and one stolen base, and is batting .423 (85 for 201).
The Rose-Hulman baseball team (23-16) lost twice to Washington, St. Louis, and won two of three against Defiance. Donnie Waters played in the three games against Defiance and had four hits in 13 at-bats, with three doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored and is batting .283 (36 for 127).
Brett Schultheis pitched three and a third innings in relief in two losses for the Marian baseball team (18-27) and gave up one earned run, five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. He has a 4-4 record and a 7.29 ERA.
The Franklin tennis team won its first Heartland Conference tournament match 5-1 against Defiance but lost 5-1 to Earlham in the second round. Luke Snyder lost 9-8 at No. 2 doubles to Defiance and 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and 8-2 at No. 2 doubles to Earlham.
The Indiana State softball team (27-26, 9-17) completed its first winning season in 22 years by winning two of three games against Southern Illinois. Shelby Wilson had one double, one RBI and one run scored in eight at-bats and hit .250 (32 for 128) for the season.
Jared Hunt won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6 singles and lost 9-8 at No. 2 doubles in Franklin’s first-round 5-1 Heartland Conference Championship Tournament defeat of Defiance. The Grizzlies fell 5-1 to Earlham in the next round, and Hunt lost 8-2 at No. 2 doubles.
The Franklin baseball team (24-15) defeated Bluffton in two of three games to clinch a place in the Heartland Conference Tournament. Tyler Ison had five hits in 12 at-bats in the three games, with one double, one RBI and
four runs scored, and is hitting .299 (38 for 127).
Competing at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Track and Field Championships,
Indianapolis’ Farin Hickman was first of 23 in the hammer (179-5½), second of 21 in the shot put (45-10¾) and sixth of 22 in the
javelin (107-0¼). Teammate
Melissa Rios was seventh of 18 in
the 100-meter dash (12.55 and 12.51 in the preliminaries) and 10th of 24 in the 200 (25.71). The Greyhounds’ Robert Geis was seventh of 16 in the 110 meter hurdles (15.97) and ninth of 17 in the
400 meters (57.65).
Walt Vanderbush is a former principal of Franklin Community High School send ideas for the College Update column to email@example.com.