The Patriots sent their coach out in style.

With Lea Selvey coaching in his final game on the field named for his father, the Jay County High School baseball team smacked seven doubles in a 10-3 victory over the South Adams Starfires.

The Patriots (14-8, 3-3 Allen County Athletic Conference) got their first six batters of the third inning on base and scored five times to take control of the game. They added four runs in the sixth to end any chance of a South Adams comeback at Don E. Selvey Field.

Sam Myers led JCHS by going 3-for-3 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run. He also picked up the win as he struck out six batters in four innings and allowed just one run on two hits.

Dusty Pearson had two hits and four RBIs, and Josh Dowlen and Gavin Myers each added two hits and two runs.

Selvey has announced that he will retire after this season, his 34th leading the Patriots. His team opens sectional play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against the host Yorktown Tigers.



Six in a row

The Jay County softball team closed its regular season with a sixth consecutive victory Friday night, topping the visiting Richmond Red Devils 11-4.

The Patriots (15-7) trailed 2-1 before racking up five runs in the fifth inning. They added two more in the fourth and three in the sixth to extend their advantage.

Riah Champ went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs for JCHS while Mady Fraley was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. Haleigh Clayton added two hits and three runs.

Clayton also picked up the win as she struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings of work.



Added to regional


Four Jay County boys track athletes — Isaac Kunkler, Dylan Knapschafer, Cristian Marentes and Aaron Funkhouser — will continue their season at 6 p.m. Thursday in the regional meet at Lawrence Central.

The top three finishers in each sectional event, along with those who reach the state standard, advance to the regional meet. However, if a regional event has fewer than 16 competitors at that point, the next best performances from the sectional are added to the field.

Kunkler, a junior, will compete in the 110-meter hurdles for the Patriots after placing fifth in the event at the sectional meet. He recorded a time of 15.79 seconds and will be seeded 14th in the regional meet.

Funkhouser, Knapschafer, Marentes and Kunkler, who finished fourth in the sectional in the 4x400 relay, will also advance. Their time of 3 minutes, 40.7 seconds, has them seeded 15th.



Rockets split

The Portland Rockets dropped their first game of the season 5-4 Sunday to the South Bend Royals but were able to bounce back for an 8-7 victory in the second game of the doubleheader at Runkle-Miller Field.

Portland took control with a run in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and one in the sixth of game two. South Bend then scored three runs in the top of the seventh before the Rockets were able to hold on for the win.

Seventeen players saw the field in the second game for the Rockets (1-1), with Zach Orn hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Trevor Sheets had two hits, a run and an RBI. Veteran Tyler Reynolds went four innings on the mound and earned the victory.



Tout leads Lions

Kellan Tout had the big game for Portland Lions Club on Monday as it knocked off PG-14 6-4 in Portland Junior League Willie Mays baseball. Also Monday, The Rock Church blasted Wings & Rings 15-1 in Rookie softball and All Circuit Electrical smacked Masonic Lodge 17-2 in Major softball. And on Friday night, Barnett’s defeated Williams Auto Parts 14-4.

Tout had a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in two runs for Lions Club. Logan Wendel added a triple, a single and an RBI. Memphis Torre hit a home run for PG-14.

Ellie Wiggins recorded a home run, a double and two singles for The Rock. Chana Butler, Shessa Butler and Annabelle Wiggins each had four hits.

Kendel Rowles hit a home run to pace All Circuit, and Jordan Hutzler, Karsyn Schwieterman and Brenna Brewster each had a double. Calie Yates had two of the three hits for Masonic Lodge.

The Hemmelgarns combined for three home runs for Barnett’s — Tuck hit two and Sawyer hit one — as both finished 3-for-3. Madden Barnett also hit a homer. Easton Steed finished with a triple, a single and three RBIs for Williams.