The New Palestine softball team swept a triangular tournament of traditional state powers Saturday at NPHS. The 3A No. 1 Dragons beat 4A No. 5 Crown Point 9-5 in the day’s first game. NP then shut out Carmel 6-0 in the finale.
The victories moved the Dragons to 20-1 headed into the regular season’s final week.
In the second game, the Dragons hit three homers, equaling the state record of 57 set by last year’s 3A state champion NP squad.
Tatum Biddle got the Dragons started with a second-inning solo homer. Macy Miller followed with a two-run shot in the third. Ashley Prange hit the record-tying homer with a sixth-inning blast over the trees beyond the leftfield fence. TeTe Hart drove in the game’s other two runs with a fifth-inning double.
The Dragons had 13 hits against Carmel, with Prange and Biddle each going 3-for-4. Miller and Jaylin Calvert had two hits each. Michaela Jones and Emma Tucher also had hits, as did Biddle with the homer.
Kaylea Bullock pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out 10, as she and Mackenzie Jones combined on the shutout.
In the day’s opener against Crown Point, the Dragons used a five-run second inning to take a 5-2 lead, but the Bulldogs answered with three in the third to tie the game. NP took the lead for good with a run in the fourth, added two more in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Calvert went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI. Hart was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Emily O’Connor, Michaela Jones and Tucher had two hits and an RBI each. Miller also had two hits. Miller had a hit and an RBI. Prange also had a hit as NP outhit Crown Point 15-8. Bullock got the win in relief, allowing one run and one hit over 4 1/3 innings, striking out five.