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Golden Bears overpower New Castle in HHC opener

Shelbyville softball bashed 10 home runs to collect three victories Friday and Saturday.


Following the Golden Bears’ first loss of the season Thursday, Shelbyville rebounded to defeat potential sectional opponent East Central Friday night, 7-4.


Brooke Lipperd (1-0) went five innings, allowing five hits, four runs and collecting three strikeouts to earn the win. Hailey Pogue pitched two scoreless innings in relief to push Shelbyville’s record to 4-1.


Kylee Edwards, Karissa Hamilton and Katie Mathies each had two hits in the victory. Mathies, Edwards and Maddie Campton each had home runs.


Five more softballs left the Shelbyville softball facility Saturday morning as the Golden Bears routed Hoosier Heritage Conference softball rival New Castle, 18-3, in game one of a doubleheader.


Hamilton smashed three of the home runs, and Mathies and Campton homered.


Cheyenne Eads (3-1) earned the win in the circle going five innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven.


Shelbyville collected 17 hits, with Hamilton and Mathies each having four. Edwards went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases.


The Golden Bears continued the offensive onslaught in game two, winning 12-5.


Hamilton crushed her team-leading ninth home run of the season and pushed her season runs batted in total to 22.


SHS athletics photos

(Above) Cheyenne Eads (left) and Karissa Hamilton show off their home run balls from the Golden Bears' 12-5 game two victory over New Castle Saturday afternoon. (Top) Katie Mathies, Hamilton and Maddie Campton combined to hit five home runs in an 18-3 victory over the Trojans Saturday morning.


Eads, a freshman, collected her first career home run.


Pogue (2-0) got the start in the circle and earned the win, allowing three hits while striking out six. Lipped worked the final two innings to seal the victory.


The Golden Bears, now 6-1, are hitting .429 as a team with 21 home runs and 16 doubles.


Mathies leads the way with a .750 average, with three doubles, three triples, four home runs and 14 RBIs.


Hamilton follows with a .727 average.


Edwards is hitting .583 with three doubles, three home runs and a team-leading 16 runs scored.


Six more Golden Bears are hitting at least .300.


Shelbyville continues its HHC schedule today with a road trip to Pendleton Heights (4-2, 1-0 HHC). The Arabians are averaging 14 runs per game this season.