MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State baseball received two honors this week, bright spots in an otherwise tough start to the season.
Fifth-year first baseman Trenton Quartermaine on Monday was selected as one of the National Players of the Week after a strong offensive stretch. He notched four straight games with a home run, tallying four runs scored and five RBI’s as he went 7-for-19 with an eye-popping 1,053 slugging percentage.
Quartermaine was the lone Cardinal to not strike out the entire week, and also had a perfect 1,000 fielding percentage on 20 chances.
Sophomore pitcher Ty Johnson also received recognition on Monday, earning Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Week honors. Johnson had his best stuff against Florida A&M University, throwing a no-hitter through six innings of work before allowing his lone hit in the bottom of the seventh.
Johnson struck out a career-high nine batters and posted his most innings pitched in a single appearance with six. The outing also was his first win of the season.
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Here’s what else happened in BSU and East Central Indiana sports this week (March 7-10):
Muncie Central hires new head football coach
Muncie Central on Tuesday announced Kyle Padgett as its new head football coach. Padgett is a graduate and a former assistant coach under Ott Hurrle at Scecina High School for nine seasons, in which the Crusaders won four IHSAA sectional championships, two regional championships and two semi-state championships.
Padgett has led the Centerville Bulldogs for the past six seasons. He went 37-24 in that time, turning the program around and finishing his tenure there with an undefeated regular season in 2021. He has coached five North/South All Stars, two conference Players of the Year and was named the Area Coach of the Year in 2020 and 2021.
Padgett replaces Darrick Lee and inherits a struggling Bearcats program that went 1-9 last season. He also will teach physical education at the high school.
“I am not going to stand here and guarantee championships,” Padgett said in a release. “What I can guarantee is that we will play fast, up-tempo and disciplined football that concentrates on blocking, tackling and pursuit whistle to whistle.”
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Muncie Central football’s Triston Whitney signs with Anderson University
Muncie Central senior linebacker Triston Whitney on Wednesday announced his commitment to play football at Div. III Anderson University.
Whitney played 16 career varsity games, according to MaxPreps, and had his best season in 2021-22 when he finished second on the Bearcats in total tackles with 38. He also tallied three tackles for loss (TFL), one sack and one fumble recovery .
Winchester football’s Brayden Tippett signs with Wabash
Winchester football senior Brayden Tippett on Tuesday signed to play at Div. III Wabash College.
Tippett led the Golden Falcons to a 5-5 record last season as both the quarterback and top defensive player. On offense, he threw for 829 yards and seven touchdowns while completing 60.2% of his passes, and also ran for 437 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Tippett led Winchester with 74 total tackles, 26 more than second place, and five TFL’s.
BSU gymnast named MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week
Ball State sophomore gymnast Hannah Ruthberg on Wednesday was named MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week, following her all-around and floor victories in last Sunday’s meet at West Virginia.
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Ruthberg notched a career-best all-around score of 39,325, the third-highest all-around total in program history. Ruthberg owns five of the top-18 all-around scores in program history, four of which came this season.
Ball State softball falls to Grand Canyon
BSU softball (5-10) on Wednesday loses 5-2 to Grand Canyon in its Arizona opener. Haley Wynn led the Cardinals with two hits, one run scored and one RBI. Faith Hensley also tallied a pair of hits and one RBI, and robbed a home run. Pitcher Angela Russo (2-2) earned the loss, allowing three earned runs in four innings in the circle.
BSU women’s tennis wins two matches on California trip
Ball State women’s tennis (9-2) this week won both its matches in California. The Cardinals first won 4-3 at Azusa Pacific on Monday, following by a 6-1 victory at UC San Diego.
Gus Martin is a sports reporter at The Star Press. Follow him on Twitter @GusMartin_SPand contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-729-4742.