In a battle of Hoosier Heritage Conference softball co-leaders, Class 4A No. 4 New Palestine handed Shelbyville its first HHC loss Thursday, 12-0, in five innings.
Scoreless after three innings, Issy Hoyt’s grand slam in the top of the fifth broke the game open.
In the top of the fourth, Madison Whitaker (RBI single), Kaylin McMurray (groundout RBI) and Markie Wood (RBI single) gave the Dragons a 3-0 lead.
Hoyt’s grand slam (her fourth homer of the season) highlighted a 9-run fifth for New Palestine, which improved to 13-2 overall and 4-0 in the HHC. Shelbyville – held to only two hits on a complete game from McMurray (6-1) – dropped to 9-4 on the year and 4-1 in the conference.
New Castle (12-2, 1-0 HHC) is the only other conference unbeaten. New Palestine will host the Trojans on May 15.
Besides earning the key conference win, New Palestine also gained possession of the HHC bat, a traveling softball trophy.
Wood finished the day 3-for-4; Hoyt, 2-for-3 with a double; Casey Lehman, 3-for-4; and Mary Crumlin, 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Hannah File (7-4) took the loss for Shelbyville.
Eastern Hancock 14, Wes-Del 4
The Royals tallied 19 hits in scoring 14 runs for the second straight game Wednesday.
Bekah Mohr was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI for EH (9-2). Peyton West was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Brooke Walden was 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI.
Kaysi Gilbert, Allison Dickey, Emily Reger, Darby Shaw and Jordan Pierson added two hits apiece.
Walden earned the win, throwing six innings and allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits. She walked six and fanned none.
Eastern Hancock 8, Triton Central 4
Thursday, Walden delivered a grand slam and had four RBI and Shaw went 3-for-4 as Eastern Hancock improved to 10-2.
The home runs against Wes-Del and TC were Walden’s fifth and sixth home runs of the season, and she has 29 RBI for the year.
Shaw threw a complete game against the Tigers and allowed only one earned run.
Fishers 4, Mt. Vernon 0
The Tigers’ Gabbi Schnaiter threw a no-hitter with 18 strikeouts. MV fell to 1-10. Fishers is 10-3.
Greenfield-Central 12, Knightstown 2
The Cougars pounded out 14 hits to win big over visiting Knightstown.
The Panthers took an early 2-0 lead, but Seth Adams tied the game for the Cougars with a two-run home run over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the first.
In the bottom of the second inning, Mitch Gibson had a two-run double to make it 4-2, and G-C ended the frame with a 7-2 advantage after sending 11 men to the plate.
Freshman Nick Johnson pitched a complete game for G-C and held Knightstown to only three hits.
The Cougars improved to 8-4, while the 2A No. 8-ranked Panthers dropped to 10-2.
New Palestine 10, Connersville 3
Hogan Fulkerson threw a complete game six-hitter to shut down the Spartans.
For the Dragons, Connor Swain had a double, triple and two RBI; Keegan Watson had a double, triple and scored two runs; and Nick Butcher had a pair of triples with two runs scored and two RBI.
Fulkerson improved to 3-0 on the mound. New Palestine is 9-5 on the year.
Pendleton Heights 5, Eastern Hancock 0
The Royals were swept by the host Arabians Wednesday.
Yorktown 3, Mt. Vernon 2
In this HHC tilt, Allie Schafer (No. 1 singles) and the No. 2 doubles team of Addison Eads and Cassie York were victorious for the visiting Marauders.
“Allie is playing like a No. 1 senior should,” MV coach Gabe Muterspaush said. “Even on off nights, she wins. From No. 3 doubles JV as a freshman to county No. 1 champ – what a transformation.
“No. 2 dubs played great and is becoming an automatic point. Rest of the team needs to step up.”
Greenfield-Central 4, New Castle 1
The host Cougars improved to 4-3 on the season thanks to victories from Blanca Valcazar and Alli Frazier at singles and Madeline Lee/Kylie Smith and Rachel Berish/Emma Vowell at doubles.
Cambridge City 186, Eastern Hancock 192
Caleb Wallen fired a 43 to grab medalist honors for the Royals, who also got a 47 from Nelson Dulin and 49 from Kenny Bunnell.
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