Jordan Pierson had two hits, including the game-winning RBI, and Eastern Hancock beat Knightstown 3-2 Friday in a softball rivalry showdown.
“Tonight was a very hard fought game,” EH coach Sue Anderson said. “Knightstown came out and played us very tough the whole game. They deserve a lot of credit for tonight. We really struggled offensively but we’re able to scrap together enough runs to get it done.”
Darby Shaw made her first appearance of the season on the mound after missing the start of the year with a concussion. The sophomore allowed only three hits in seven innings.
Eastern Hancock trailed 2-0 entering the top of the fifth inning, then scored three runs. Savannah Patterson also had an RBI single for the Royals, and Patterson, Kaysi Gilbert and Skyler Overleese scored. EH was limited to four hits; Peyton West had its other base knock.
“We did a great job of focusing at certain times and really made some big outs at crucial times,” Anderson said. “Darby Shaw was impressive in her return to the mound. Any time you have the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the seventh ahead by one and win, you know you are strong pitching and defensively.
“Overall, I’m proud of our girls and we will continue to get better everyday.”
Hamilton Southeastern 7, Mt. Vernon 3
The Class 4A No. 5 Royals handled the Marauders in Fortville. Mt. Vernon won the JV game, however, 4-3.