Golden Bears capitalize on Cougar miscues

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GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Central won’t successfully defend its 2013 Hoosier Heritage Conference baseball title. Shelbyville made sure of that Saturday.

Without improvement, the Cougars won’t win a second straight sectional championship, either.

The visiting Class 4A No. 6-ranked Golden Bears swept Greenfield-Central 8-3 and 5-4 Saturday to clinch its first HHC title since 2002. Shelbyville entered the day at 7-1 in the conference; reigning champ G-C was second at 6-2. The sweep by the Golden Bears (17-2 overall) made this weekend’s final conference matchups a moot point where the title chase is concerned.

Except for a few too many walks, G-C starter Hayden Kissee did a commendable job keeping Shelbyville’s usually potent offense in check in Game 1 Saturday. The Golden Bears, with a .323 team average, were held to five hits over five innings by the G-C right-hander. But Shelbyville had a 5-2 advantage through five innings thanks in part to a two-out Greenfield error in the third inning, another two-out error in the fourth and a passed ball in the fifth. A third error in the sixth frame led to three more Shelbyville runs. With the miscues, all eight of Shelbyville’s runs in the opener were unearned.

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