http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sports/rss.xml en PREP BASEBALL: Baker fans 10 to lead North Hardin over John Hardin (4/24) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-baseball-baker-fans-10-lead-north-hardin-over-john-hardin-424 <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/140423_base_nhjh01.jpg" alt="North Hardin&#039;s Blake Yates runs out of a cloud of dust towards third base after sliding into second base as a throw got past John Hardin&#039;s Landen Sisk during 17th District action Wednesday at James R. Aldridge Field." title="North Hardin&#039;s Blake Yates runs out of a cloud of dust towards third base after sliding into second base as a throw got past John Hardin&#039;s Landen Sisk during 17th District action Wednesday at James R. Aldridge Field." align="left" hspace="6" width="172" height="85" /><p> In the midst of three 17th District games in three days, the North Hardin Trojans needed a big effort from their starting pitcher &ndash; especially considering they used four pitchers Tuesday.</p> <p> Lance Baker delivered for them Wednesday against the visiting John Hardin Bulldogs.</p> <p> One day after throwing 11 pitches and 2/3 of an inning, Baker was masterful in striking out 10 in a complete game to lead the Trojans to a 4-1 win at James R. Aldridge Field.</p> WOMEN'S HOOPS: Schimmel says life has been a whirlwhind (04/24) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/womens-hoops-schimmel-says-life-has-been-whirlwhind-0424 <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/b1-schimmel-0424.jpg" alt="Former Louisville women’s basketball star Schoni Schimmel signs an autograph for 5-year-old Amaya Robinson of Elizabethtown during an appearance Wednesday at Towne Mall in Elizabethtown." title="Former Louisville women’s basketball star Schoni Schimmel signs an autograph for 5-year-old Amaya Robinson of Elizabethtown during an appearance Wednesday at Towne Mall in Elizabethtown." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> Schoni Schimmel was on the go Wednesday night, but the former Louisville women&rsquo;s basketball star and pro rookie wouldn&rsquo;t have it any other way.</p> <p> The eighth overall pick by the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA draft earlier this month made a bit of history by becoming the first women&rsquo;s athlete to sign autographs at Towne Mall in Elizabethtown.</p> PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Meade beats Breck (04/24) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-softball-roundup-meade-beats-breck-0424 <p> Junior Neeli Rhoads threw a perfect game as the Meade County Lady Waves rolled past 11th District rival Breckinridge County, 14-0 in four innings Wednesday.</p> <p> Rhoads struck out six, throwing 37 of her 46 pitches for strikes, as the Lady Waves (17-8, 2-0 district) won their fifth straight.</p> <p> Sophomore Rachel Ayer went 3-for-3, including a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning for her fifth home run in two games. Junior Madison Haynes went 2-for-3 with a double and five RBIs, while junior Maddie Tabor went 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs and an RBI.</p> PREP BASEBALL: Central gets revenge against North (4/23) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-baseball-central-gets-revenge-against-north-423 <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/140422_base_nhch01.jpg" alt="Central Hardin catcher Dillon Goodman tags out North Hardin&#039;s Blake Yates for the game-ending out Tuesday at North Hardin High School." title="Central Hardin catcher Dillon Goodman tags out North Hardin&#039;s Blake Yates for the game-ending out Tuesday at North Hardin High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> The Central Hardin Bruins seem to have a knack for manufacturing runs, which ends up producing victories.</p> <p> The Bruins, known for their small-ball style of play, managed only five hits, but they came at crucial times to help Central Hardin to a 4-1 victory over the North Hardin Trojans in a 17th District game Tuesday at James R. Aldridge Field.</p> PREP SOFTBALL: Central Hardin strands 10, but still rolls by North Hardin (04/23) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-softball-central-hardin-strands-10-still-rolls-north-hardin-0423 <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/140422_soft_nhch01.jpg" alt="Central Hardin&#039;s Kelsey McGuffin dives to second base as North Hardin&#039;s Cady Wilson tries to tag her out during 17th District action Tuesday at North Hardin High School." title="Central Hardin&#039;s Kelsey McGuffin dives to second base as North Hardin&#039;s Cady Wilson tries to tag her out during 17th District action Tuesday at North Hardin High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="141" height="85" /><p> In the infamous words of Bob Uecker, Central Hardin left a small village on the base paths Tuesday night. Fortunately for the No. 4 Lady Bruins, Shelby Maggard at least found a way to get some of them home.</p> <p> The junior first baseman went 3-for-4 with five RBIs as Central Hardin locked up at least the No. 2 seed in next month&rsquo;s 17th District Tournament with a 13-0 mercy-rule win in five innings against the North Hardin Trojans.</p> PREP SOFTBALL: E'town's Blackstone no-hits John Hardin (04/23) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-softball-etowns-blackstone-no-hits-john-hardin-0423 <p> With the way her team was swinging the bats, freshman Nicole Blackstone was able to relax and take care of business inside the circle for the Elizabethtown Lady Panthers.</p> <p> The host Lady Panthers had 11 hits in the final three innings and Blackstone threw her first career no-hitter Tuesday as Elizabethtown knocked off its 17th District rival, 15-0 in four innings.</p> <p> Blackstone struck out five and was a second-inning walk away from a perfect game.</p> PREP SOFTBALL: Meade County's Ayer sets state record with four homers in one game (04/23) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-softball-meade-countys-ayer-sets-state-record-four-homers-one-game-0423 <p> Rachel Ayer said she&rsquo;s a power hitter. She sure looked like it Monday night to the Hancock County Lady Hornets.</p> <p> The Meade County sophomore catcher set a state single-game record with four home runs as the visiting Lady Waves rolled to 17-3 win.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was pretty amazing,&rdquo; said Ayer, who had never homered more than once in a varsity game although she hit two homers in a junior varsity game against Louisville Holy Cross.</p> <p> Ayer&rsquo;s big night started with a two-run shot to left in the first inning just inside the foul pole.</p> PREP ROUNDUP: Baumgardner pitches Bulldogs past Eagles; Panthers win (04/23) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-roundup-baumgardner-pitches-bulldogs-past-eagles-panthers-win-0423 <p> Sophomore Jason Baumgardner struck out eight to earn his fourth win of the season as the visiting John Hardin Bulldogs cruised to a 12-2 win in six innings Tuesday over 17th District foe Fort Knox.</p> <p> Baumgardner (4-2) scattered four hits, two walks and two earned runs as the Bulldogs (11-10, 2-3) won their third straight.</p> <p> John Hardin led 5-2 after three innings before pulling away with seven runs in the final three innings.</p>