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Shelbyville pitcher, catcher honored with All-HHC award

Shelbyville senior pitcher Benny Thompson and junior catcher Charlie Rife were named to the All-Hoosier Heritage Conference Baseball Team.

 

Thompson (photo, left), signed to play baseball at Anderson University, led the Golden Bears with a 6-4 record and 2.46 earned run average. He had 79 strikeouts in 59.2 innings of work and threw two no-hitters this season.

 

Rife (photo, right) hit a team-leading .443 with eight doubles, three home runs and 28 runs batted in.

 

The 21-member All-HHC squad features nine seniors.

 

Also named All-Conference were Delta’s Mario Lopez (.422, 11 doubles, 21 RBIs); Greenfield-Central’s Grant Shepherd (.370, 5 doubles, 22 RBIs), Conner Sims (4-1, 2.67) and Gavin Atwood (.338, 5 HRs, 25 RBIs); Mt. Vernon’s Hunter Dobbins (.560, 10 HRs, 39 RBIs), AJ Swingle (9-0, 1.60), Joel Walton (.485, 13 doubles, 38 RBIs); Eli Clotfelter (8-1, 3.29) and Eli Bridenthal (.366, 21 runs); New Castle’s Aydan Decker-Petty (4-2, 1.42), Corbin Malott (.376, 32 runs) and Garrett Rusch (.299, 8 doubles, 23 RBIs); New Palestine’s Brendan Tabor (.365, 4 HRs, 24 RBIs) and Maddox Manes (.333, 5 doubles, 15 RBIs); Pendleton Heights’ Ricky Howell (4-3, 2.22) and Ryan Graham (.309, 21 runs); and Yorktown’s Jacob Pruitt (.506, 26 runs), Robby Hook (.314, 4 HRs, 23 RBIs) and Cole Temple (.397, 7 doubles, 21 RBIs).

 

Mt. Vernon head coach Brad King was named Coach of the Year.

 

Mt. Vernon won the conference title with a 12-2 record. The Marauders (26-6) won sectional and regional titles and will face Jasper (29-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Jasper-hosted semistate.

 

Greenfield-Central (16-8, 11-3 HHC) was HHC runner-up ahead of Pendleton Heights (16-16, 8-6), New Palestine (15-16, 7-7), Yorktown (16-11, 7-7), Shelbyville (16-12, 6-8), New Castle (12-16, 5-9) and Delta (6-18, 0-14).