By GREG KEIM firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — GOSHEN — Bethel College’s pitching sensation — junior Natalie Newell — posted a 4-0 record to earn both the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Week and NCCAA Softball Pitcher Student-Athlete of the Week honors.
The Goshen High School graduate is off to a 10-1 start this season, leading the Pilots to a 13-9 record.
The two-time Crossroads League Pitcher of the Year gave up only two runs (one earned) in 28 innings of work during the period of time she was honored for. She allowed 11 base hits and struck out 47
Nationally, Newell ranks in the top 10 in seven categories including leading the nation in batters struck out per nine innings played (12.4).
• Freshman second baseman Madison Schrock (Northridge) singled and her twin sister left fielder Haley Schrock (Northridge) recorded a pair of putouts for the Bowling Green Falcons in a 3-2 Mid-American Conference loss to Ohio University.
•Saint Mary’s senior Callie Selner (Elkhart Memorial) played a key role as the Belles swept both ends of a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader with Albion College. Selner had two hits, scored a run and pitched two innings of scoreless relief in an 8-6 win in the opener and was the winning pitcher, improving her record to 6-3 in the 8-2 nightcap victory. She struck out seven and walked two in the complete game.
Men’s Track and Field
•The Bethel Pilots, led by their winning 4 x 100-meter relay, took third place in the team standings at the Indiana Intercollegiate “Little State” Track and Field Championships that included ten teams representing the NCAA DII, NAIA and NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). The meet was held at Indiana Wesleyan University.
The men’s 4 x 100 team of freshman Cayden Merkler, freshman Brett Baumgartner (Fairfield), sophomore Ahmad Evans, and freshman Tommy Grant (Penn) took top honors with a time of 41.53, which gives them an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships.
Sophomore Alex Soptich (Elkhart Memorial) placed third in discus (49.03 meters) as he also qualified for the NAIA Nationals. The 4 x 400 relay of junior Tanner Foust (Fairfield), Baumgartner, freshman Murry Schliedt and freshman Conner Sowders (Penn) placed third (3:24.63); junior Chase Pinion (Fairfield) fifth in pole vault (4.21 meters) and six in javelin (45.09) and junior Michael Ponce (Elkhart Central) third in shot put (16.22 meters) and fourth in hammer (50.34).
Women’s Track and Field
•The Bethel Pilots were fourth in the team standings at the Indiana Intercollegiate “Little State” Track and Field Championships. Sophomore Jeslyn Zimmerly (Westview) won the pole vault (3.73 meters), junior Cinnamon Green (Jimtown) was third in shot put (13.54 meters) and fifth in hammer (45.42) and sophomore Melissa DuBois (Concord) sixth in long jump (5.40 meters).
• Ball State sophomore Becca Kropf (Fairfield) finished first in the 400-meter hurdles (1:04.11) in a 290-168 win over IPFW in the third annual Cardinal Invitational. Kropf also teamed with senior Hannah Lange, freshmen Makelle Skelton and Ariel Hune to win the 4 x 400 relay (4:01.67).
• Freshman Caleb Stayton (Elkhart Christian Academy) singled and drove in three runs for the Ball State Cardinals in a 15-4 Mid-American Conference win over Toledo.
• The Bethel Pilots defeated Indiana Wesleyan 6-1 and dropped a 9-6 decision to the Wildcats in a Crossroads League twin bill. Senior Kyle Revella (Elkhart Christian Academy) had two singles for the Pilots in the first game and drive in a run in the second.
The Drury University Panthers captured first place in the team standings of the Maryville Spring Invitational at The Quarry at Crystal Spring. Inclement weather for the cancellation of the second round. Panther sophomore Heather Gladfelter (Goshen) shared 38th place among the individuals with a 90.
• The Bethel Pilots finished in the runner-up spot behind Saint Xavier in the Bethel Invitational at Blackthorn Golf Club near South Bend. The winners carded a 288-300—588 and the Pilots a 292-304—596. Bethel junior Brian Ulrich (Fairfield) had a 72-78—150 and freshman Zach Hochstedler 77-73—150 to tie for ninth among the individuals. Also for the Pilots, freshman Tom Johnson (Concord) shared 24th with a 78-78—156.
Holy Cross sophomore Cody Richardson (Lakeland) tied for 31st with a 77-81—158.
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