Shelbyville-Greenfield in key HHC battles




Update: Greenfield-Central baseball at home vs. Shelbyville baseball has been pushed back to a 4 p.m. start for Game 1 due to overnight rains Friday. Pendleton Heights at New Palestine is still on for a 1 p.m. start to Game 1.
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Rain and wet field conditions caused the cancellation of a host of prep athletic events Friday, including a pair of Hoosier Heritage Conference doubleheaders.
HHC leader Shelbyville’s matchup at Greenfield-Central was postponed to today, with the first game slated for 2 p.m. 
The Golden Bears (15-2 overall) lead the conference at 7-1, with the Cougars at 6-2 in the HHC (11-7 overall). Each squad has one HHC doubleheader remaining after today. G-C will host Yorktown (11-9, 4-6 HHC) next Friday, while Shelbyville will host Pendleton Heights (14-7, 3-5 HHC).
The 4A No. 6-ranked Golden Bears are hitting .322 as a team and their pitching staff has a 2.43 ERA. Ethan Larrison (4-0, 2.54 ERA) and Chase McColley (3-0, 2.22 ERA) will likely start today on the mound for Shelbyville, while the Cougars have been led this season by hurlers Hayden Kissee (3-0, 5.25 ERA), Seth Adams (2-1, 4.30 ERA), Slater Rush (1-1, 2.83 ERA), Mitch Gibson (2-3, 2.29 ERA) and Jared Banton (0-1, 5.25 ERA). The team’s ERA is 4.35.
As a squad, G-C is hitting .297, with Rush (.519 average), Gibson (.444) and Adams (.412) leading the way. 
Colin Phelps tops Shelbyville’s offense with a .417 average, while leadoff hitter and recent HHC track champion Daniel Kuhn is batting .377 with nine stolen bases.
Among other postponements:
* New Palestine’s scheduled home doubleheader against Pendleton Heights was rescheduled for today with a tentative start of 1 p.m., dependent on field conditions. The Dragons are 14-8 overall and 3-5 in the HHC.
* Mt. Vernon (9-10, 4-6 HHC) was scheduled to host Carmel baseball in a non-conference game Friday. It was cancelled and will not be made up. 
* Greenfield-Central’s Cougar Classic varsity softball tournament scheduled for today was cancelled. It was to feature eight teams, including Eastern Hancock and Mt. Vernon. The Classic will not be made up in full, but a smaller field with Richmond, Greensburg, Seymour and the host Cougars will convene for a tourney next Saturday.
* Eastern Hancock’s previously postponed softball conference battle with Indian Creek has been rescheduled for next Saturday at EH with an 11 a.m. start.
In a prep event from Thursday:
The New Palestine girls tennis team swept Hancock County foe Eastern Hancock 5-0.
The Dragons won five straight-set matches, with Nicole Beaty, Emily Kiefer and Maddie Smith winning at singles and Kylar Litteral/Kara Miller and Lauren Hardebeck/Alana Henry prevailing at doubles.
NP is now 7-5 in dual matches.
 

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