On a windy night with five total home runs, the Greenfield-Central softball team was outslugged in a 17-7 loss to Shelbyville Tuesday.
Shelbyville, which collected three of the five homers, improved to 9-3 overall and 4-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
The 4A unranked Golden Bears will host 4A No. 4 and HHC co-leader New Palestine (12-1, 3-0 HHC) on Thursday. The Dragons beat Pendleton Heights Tuesday and will visit Center Grove Wednesday.
Against Greenfield-Central (11-3, 0-2 HHC), Shelbyville collected five runs in the second inning and four more in the third for a 9-2 lead.
Darcie Huber and Erika Knapp homered for the Cougars, who collected nine total hits to the Golden Bears’ 18. Deena Miller and Makayla Durick doubled for G-C, which will visit Yorktown for another conference test today.
Hannah File was the winning pitcher for Shelbyville and also had a home run.
New Palestine 14, Pendleton Heights 4
Madison Whitaker smacked her first career home run and had four RBI to help the Dragons win this HHC battle.
New Palestine used a seven-run fifth inning to put the game away.
Casey Lehman had a pair of doubles and three RBI for New Palestine, while Adie Lorsung and Abby O’Connor added two RBI apiece.
NP pitchers Kaylin McMurray and Elisha Barker combined on a four-hitter.
Eastern Hancock 14, Northeastern 9
The Royals’ 10-run third inning was enough to get past common sectional foe Northeastern.
The Royals (8-2) led 11-2 before the Knights mounted a mini-comeback.
Brooke Walden (three RBI), Emily Reger (two hits, two runs scored, one RBI) and Jordan Pierson (double, four runs scored) were among the EH leaders.
Eastern Hancock 4, Tri 1
Andrea Terheide (No. 1 singles), Hailey Carlton (No. 2 singles), Sara Neff (No. 3 singles) and Hannah Miller/Grace Perkins (No. 1 doubles) prevailed in straight sets Monday as the Royals moved to 3-5.
Track and field
Dragons third at tri-meet
Competing against host Franklin Central and Roncalli, the New Palestine boys track team finished third with 30 points.
The Flashes (92.5) were first, followed by Roncalli (44.5).
Josh McKean won the shot put, Andrew Fluegel the long jump and Chase Tuggle the 400 for the Dragons.
The NP girls (39.5) were also third. Roncalli (79.5) won, with FC (50) second.
NP winners were Rachel Wineman in the high jump and the 1,600 relay of Courtney Smith, Gabbi Pierson, Kylie Keller and Kylie Zehner.
Greenfield-Central 14, Fishers 13
The Cougars scored a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge the Class 4A No. 6 Tigers.
Details were not immediately available.