Local Briefs: April 8
Lakers’ Bowen, Jackson named CBS MaxPreps All-Americans
La Lumiere’s Brian Bowen was one of five players tabbed to the 2017 CBS MaxPreps Boys Basketball All-American Second Team. His teammate, Jaren Jackson, was one of five players selected to the CBS MaxPreps Boys Basketball All-American Fourth Team. Both Bowen and Jackson are seniors. Bowen, a 6-foot-7 guard, is uncommitted on his college choice, and the 6-10 forward Jackson has committed to Michigan State.
Slicer varsity/JV baseball schedule updates
La Porte varsity baseball’s Mueller Classic Friday night games were canceled, due to the need to play the conference game versus Michigan City. Saturday’s schedule for the Mueller Classic will stay the same. Elkhart Memorial vs. La Porte at 10 a.m., Elkhart Memorial vs. S.B. Adams at 12:30 p.m., Adams vs. Highland at 3 p.m., and Highland vs. La Porte at 5:30 p.m. All games are at Schreiber Field.
La Porte’s JV baseball game versus Glenn is rescheduled for May 8 at Clarke Park.
Glenn baseball thumps Culver
John Glenn’s baseball team cruised 14-0 in five innings over Culver at home on Friday. Nathan Blodgett and Tyler Gorby combined for nine strikeouts and a no-hitter for the Falcons (1-0), as Blodgett got the win. Mason Ryans, Michael Machnic, Berger and Alex Holderbaum all had two hits. Berger had four RBIs, and Ryans scored four runs.
Glenn JV baseball schedule additions
John Glenn JV baseball has added the following games to its schedule: Saturday at 11 a.m. EST vs. Hobart at Walkerton Park Department; Monday, May 15 at 5:15 p.m. EST at Chesterton.
PNW baseball wins on walk-off walk
The Purdue University Northwest baseball team used some late game heroics to defeat Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Trinity Christian, 7-6, in 11 innings on Friday. The Pride were led by Jake Lindeman and Hunter Thorn, who recorded two hits apiece, while Larry Crisler ripped a clutch 3-run double to jump start the bats in the seventh inning.
Avondre Harris came up with a clutch pinch-hit RBI single to tie the game in the eighth inning. Then with two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Lindeman and Thorn each singled to keep the inning alive. Alex Batistatos was hit by a pitch after the Thorn single, setting up a walk-off-walk with the bases loaded.
La Porte High graduate Brody Kutch earned his first win for the Pride, after shutting out the Trolls through three innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out two.
Brown lifts PNW to win over Olivet
Behind a complete-game, two-hit shutout from senior Caroline Brown, the Purdue University Northwest softball team picked up the nightcap victory to earn a conference split with visiting Olivet Nazarene Friday at Dowling Park.
The Pride (12-15-1, 2-4 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) defeated the Tigers 1-0 in Game 2, after dropping the first contest, 5-0 at Fifth Third Bank Field. Brown allowed just two hits — both singles – and struck out three without any walks in the nightcap to give PNW first-year head coach Ritchie Richardson a win over his former team.
PNW’s only run came in the third inning when sophomore Olivia Sardella opened with a double, moved to third on Taylor Kotzo’s sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Kyleigh Payne double.
Slicer JV baseball downs Wolves
La Porte’s JV baseball team beat Michigan City 12-0 in five innings on Friday at Clarke Park. The Slicers’ Mason Schroeder didn’t allow a run, earning his second win of the year. He gave up two hits and struck out six in five innings. La Porte’s Zach Purnell, Parker Hill and Easton Stephens all had multiple hits, and Jake Spence homered to right-center field in the seven-run third inning. Purnell had four RBIs and two stolen bases.
Briar Leaf One-Man Scramble
Briar Leaf Golf Club is hosting the One-Man Scramble Tournament on Saturday, April 22. Players will use a “double mulligan” format, which allows the golfer to replay two shots per hole. Net winners are determined by using 70 percent of the players’ handicap. The event tees off at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The $55 per player entry fee includes greens fees, riding cart, range balls, prize payout, and a sandwich during the round. Due to the extra shots being taken, play will be in threesomes. Players may sign up as an individual or in groups of two or three. Call Briar Leaf at 326-1992 for more information, or to register.