Class 4A, No. 10-ranked Shelbyville softball moved one step closer Tuesday to clinching at least a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conference title.
The Golden Bears pummeled 4A, No. 25 Greenfield-Central, 17-4.
Shelbyville’s powerhouse offense produced six more home runs, including a pair each from Katie Mathies and Kylie McIver. Maddie Campton and Karissa Hamilton also homered to push the team total to 50 this year in 16 games.
Shelbyville (15-1, 5-0 HHC) led 2-1 going into the top of the third inning when it exploded for 10 runs.
Cheyenne Eads earned the win with four innings of work, allowing seven hits and four earned runs while striking out six. Brooke Lipperd tossed a scoreless fifth inning to complete the HHC win.
Mathies and McIver each went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in. Addisenn Weaver, Hamilton, Eads and Campton each had two hits.
Three of the Cougars’ four runs came on solo home runs by Ella Redmon (2) and Caroline Gibson.
Shelbyville continues its quest for an HHC title Thursday at 4A, No. 4 New Palestine (14-0, 2-0 HHC). The Dragons take on 4A No. 7 Center Grove today and host 4A No. 1 Roncalli Saturday.