After a 3-0 start in which the team has blasted 10 home runs, Shelbyville High School’s softball program has climbed to No. 18 in the most recent state coaches poll.
Crown Point remains No. 1 in Class 4A with Roncalli, Center Grove, Decatur Central and Lake Central rounding out the top five, respectively.
Roncalli features the No. 1 recruit in the country for the Class of 2023. Pitcher Keagan Rothrock is verbally committed to play softball at the University of Florida.
Hoosier Heritage Conference rival New Palestine is ranked sixth ahead of Leo, Bedford North Lawrence, Hamilton Southeastern and Franklin Central.
Ahead of the Golden Bears in the 4A poll are Penn, Castle, Brownsburg, Avon, Franklin, Chesterton, another HHC rival in Pendleton Heights, and Mooresville.
Shelbyville has four games this week. The Golden Bears travel to Columbus North Thursday then host East Central Friday and New Castle for a doubleheader Saturday.
There are nine schools ranked or receiving votes on Shelbyville’s schedule.
Shelbyville will face Class 3A, No. 1 Yorktown on April 17 and Roncalli on May 11.
Franklin features University of Kentucky pitching recruit Izzy Harrison. The Grizzly Cubs face the Golden Bears on April 22.
Five of the eight HHC schools are receiving votes.
The state championship games will not return to Purdue University in West Lafayette in 2021.
The Indiana High School Athletic Association recently announced that this year’s state title games will be played at Center Grove High School on June 11 and June 12.