PONETO — A sacrifice fly in the first inning. A single two frames later. No-hit ball for six innings.

That’s all the Jay County High School baseball team needed for a 2-0 win over the host Southern Wells Raiders on Tuesday.

Austin Curts hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning, scoring Sam Myers for the only run the Patriots (7-6, 2-1 Allen County Athletic Conference) really needed. But two innings later, Curts singled to bring home Crosby Heniser for an insurance run.

And on the hill, Sam Dunlavy (3 2/3 innings, two walks, four strikeouts) and Lane Chapman (1 1/3 innings, one walk, three strikeouts) kept the Raiders without a hit.

Southern Wells broke up the no-hit bid in the sixth inning with back-to-back singles off Blake Caldwell. He ended up striking out five in two innings of work.

Gavin Myers, Sam Myers, Dusty Pearson, Dunlavy, Chapman, Caldwell and Curts all had singles for the Patriots.



Softball wins big

PONETO — Thirteen runs in the fourth inning carried the Jay County softball team to a 20-0 thrashing of the host Southern Wells Raiders in five innings on Tuesday.

Jay County improved to 11-5 (3-1 Allen County Athletic Conference).

Rieley Brewster was 5-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and three RBIs, while Aubrie Schwieterman hit a grand slam and singled. Maddy Rinker contributed three hits and two RBIs, while Mady Fraley and Kristen Wendel had two hits apiece.

Taylor Brown and Fraley had two RBIs apiece, while Olivia Bright, Mattie Ardizzone and Wendel each knocked in a run.

Brown earned the win, scattering four hits over five innings with one strikeout.



Tennis favored

LYNN — The Jay County tennis team is now the sectional favorite after sweeping Randolph Southern on Tuesday, 5-0.

The win gives the Patriots (8-3) victories against all three sectional rivals.

Grace Brewster got a 6-4, 6-2 triumph at No. 1 singles, while Lyric Garringer picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles. Kierston Blunk earned a 6-1, 6-4 victory in her No. 3 singles contest.

Madison Dirksen and Rachel Muhlenkamp teamed for a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at No. 1 doubles, while Chelsea Blankenship and Allison Byrum earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles.

Golf fires season low

Jay County’s boys golf team fired a season-best score in topping the Southern Wells Raiders, 166-203, for senior night on Tuesday at Portland Golf Club.

The Patriots shaved 18 strokes off their previous season best they set April 26.

Griffin Mann, the team’s only senior, shot a 4-over-par 39 to earn match medalist honors for the first time this season.

Simon Pryor was second for the Patriots with 41, one stroke ahead of Brock DeHoff. Caleb DeRome completed the team total with his round of 44.

Kyle Sanders also competed, but his 47 did not factor into the team score.