With a powerhouse offensive lineup and its top two pitchers returning, Shelbyville softball is primed for another explosive season.
The Golden Bears made their 2022 debut Tuesday at Seymour and pounded out at 12-0 victory over the Owls.
Karissa Hamilton, Kylee Edwards and Addison Stieneker combined for 10 hits and eight runs batted in to lead Shelbyville (1-0).
Hamilton, a senior and University of Kentucky recruit, went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, a stolen base, three runs scored and four RBIs.
Edwards, a junior who is committed to Mississippi State University, finished 3-for-5 at the plate in the leadoff position, had a stolen base and scored three runs.
Stieneker, a freshman, debuted in the cleanup position hitting behind Hamilton and went 3-for-5 with a run scored and three RBIs.
Three Golden Bear pitchers limited the Owls (0-1) to two hits and collected 12 strikeouts.
Cheyenne Eads started in the circle, going three innings, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out five to earn the victory.
Hailey Pogue followed in relief and went three innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.
Aliyah Lewis pitched a scoreless seventh inning and had three strikeouts to complete the shutout.
Kendrick Sterling took the loss for Seymour, working three innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs (only four were earned).
Shelbyville returns to action Thursday at Mooresville. The Golden Bears’ home debut is Saturday at 11 a.m. against Jennings County.