The New Palestine softball team traveled to the Region Saturday to play two games against northwest Indiana powers.
The Dragons opened the day with a 12-0 victory over Kankakee Valley in a rematch of the 2017 state championship game. Kaylea Bullock and Katie Kottlowski combined on a one-hit shutout. The two struck out seven and walked one.
Lexi Campbell and Michaela Jones homered for the Dragons, who hit six extra-base hits in the five-inning game.
Jones was 3-for-4 with four RBI. Jaylin Calvert was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Macy Miller was 2-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI. Tatum Biddle was also 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs and an RBI. Emily O’Connor was 1-for-4 with a run. Raegan Hiatt and Kinsey Mitchell each doubled. Mitchell also scored twice. The Dragons got going with a four-run first, then after tallying single runs in the third and fourth, added six more in the fifth to seal the game.
The Dragons, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, then faced 4A No. 5 Crown Point, with the Bulldogs beating NP 5-2.
NP took a 2-0 lead in the second, loading the bases on two hit batters and an error. With two outs, Jaylin Calvert roped a two-run single into center to give the Dragons the edge.
Crown Point drew a run back in the bottom of the inning. The Dragons threatened with a leadoff double in the third and a one-out double in the fifth and a runner on second in the sixth, but were unable to extend the lead. In the sixth, Crown Point seized control with four runs, starting with a single and a walk. A one-out hit batter loaded the bases. The Bulldogs then had back-to-back singles to plate three runs, then two more consecutive singles added another to take a 5-2 edge.
Crown Point outhit the Dragons 8-5, with five of the Bulldogs’ hits coming in the four-run sixth. O’Connor led the Dragons, going 3-for-3 with two doubles. Calvert had a single and Jones a double for NP. Biddle and Emma Tucher scored the Dragons’ two runs. Booe pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs, fanning two. Bullock came on in relief and allowed two hits and three earned runs, taking the decision.
The Dragons are now 20-3. They next play Tuesday at home against Kokomo.