Shelbyville baseball collected a signature win Monday at Barnett Field.
Facing potential sectional opponent Columbus North, a team ranked just outside the top 10 in this week’s state coaches poll, the Golden Bears overcame a three-run fifth inning with a two-run sixth and a game-winning run in the seventh for a 4-3 victory.
Caden Tackett’s third hit of the game drove in the final run against the Bull Dogs (11-3-2).
Shelbyville won its sixth straight to improve to 10-5 this season.
Sophomore Kade McNicholas earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief work.
Luke Jackson, another sophomore, started on the mound and scattered seven hits over five innings while striking out four.
Zach Wager had three hits and drove in a run for Columbus North.
Sophomore Zach McLean took the loss. The right-hander allowed four runs on six hits.
Charlie Rife put Shelbyville up 1-0 in the bottom of the first with a solo home run – his third home run of the season.
Asher Balting’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning tied the game.
Shelbyville (4-4 Hoosier Heritage Conference) hosts Yorktown (12-5, 6-4 HHC) today at Barnett Field.
In other prep events Monday:
Morristown 2, Bethesda Christian 1
At Morristown, senior Jake Rains twirled a two-hitter to lead the Yellow Jackets (8-4) to their fourth-straight win.
Bryce Bryant had three hits, including a double, and drove in a run. Lucas Ellis had two hits and drove in a run.
Brandon Harlow had two hits for Bethesda Christian (7-5-1).
Morristown (4-2 Mid-Hoosier Conference) hosts South Decatur (13-2, 6-0 MHC) today.
Lutheran 14, Waldron 2
At Lutheran, the host Saints scored six runs in the bottom of the first which proved enough for pitchers Owen Lecher and Cade Tabit.
Lecher worked three innings and allowed two hits and three walks. Tabit pitched the final two innings.
Eli Sheppard took the loss for Waldron (4-11).
Jared Brooks had two hits.
Ethan Hill had a home run and drove in four to lead Lutheran (9-6). Josiah King had three hits and two RBIs. Cole Perkins had two hits and scored two runs.
Waldron (0-6 MHC) hosts North Decatur (5-7, 3-3 MHC) today.
Shelbyville 173, Connersville 179, Knightstown 216
At Willowbrook Country Club in Connersville, the Golden Bears secured their fifth-straight dual match victory.
Jake Garrison, Brock Wischmeyer and DaMiles McDuffey each posted 43s to lead Shelbyville. Eli Baker was one shot back at 44.
Connersville’s Conner Graves was the medalist with a 5-over par score of 41.
Peyton Inman led Knightstown with a 42.
Shelbyville travels to Hillcrest Golf & Country Club in Batesville Saturday for the Batesville Invitational.
Whiteland 1, Shelbyville 0
At Whiteland, Debbie Hill drove in Emma Pierce for the game’s only run in the bottom of the seventh inning to keep Class 4A, No. 2 Whiteland unbeaten this season.
Hill improved to 11-0 in the circle and lowered her earned run average to 0.56 with a complete-game shutout of the Golden Bears. The senior allowed just two hits while striking out 15.
Cheyenne Eads took the loss for 4A No. 9 Shelbyville. The sophomore scattered seven hits and walked three while striking out four.
Shelbyville (11-4, 3-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference) is at Mt. Vernon (5-5, 1-1 HHC) today.
Knightstown 2, Triton Central 1
At Knightstown, the host Panthers pushed two runs across the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning and Zoe Beabout kept the Tigers in check.
Beabout pitched a complete game to push Knightstown’s record to 7-7 this season.
Lillian Fillippinie took the loss for Triton Central (3-7). The freshman allowed two hits and struck out 10.
Triton Central is at Monrovia today.
New Palestine 4, Waldron 1
At Waldron, the Mohawks’ No. 1 doubles pairing of Mackenzie Shaw and Megan Bogemann improved to 7-1 this season with a 6-1, 6-2 win over New Palestine’s Josephine Harvey and Madelyn Potter.
At No. 1 singles, New Palestine’s Olivia Hasenkamp defeated Nichole Garner, 6-2, 6-1.
In a three-set match at No. 2 singles, Waldron’s Josee Larrison lost to Amelia Knoop, 6-3, 1-6, 10-8.
Kaitlyn Mitchell defeated Waldron’s Riley Price at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-0.
At No. 2 doubles, Lily Haeberle and Bethany Blackly defeated Waldron’s Emily Tyree and Audrey Hogg, 6-0, 6-2.
Waldron plays at Greensburg today.
Edinburgh 3, Southwestern 2
At Southwestern, the host Spartans won both doubles matches.
At No. 1 doubles, Brooke Schneider and Kyla Robertson improved to 5-5 this season with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Alyssa Funkhouser and Jillian Turner.
Southwestern’s No. 2 doubles pairing of Faith Kelley and McKinley Correll upped their record to 8-2 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Gracie Myers and Zoey Sida.
At No. 1 singles, Edinburgh’s Bethany Burton defeated Lauryn Blondell, 6-2, 6-2.
Jessica Walsh topped Southwestern’s Ella Rice at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 7-5.
And Peyton Bryant completed the Edinburgh victory with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Makinze Belton.
Southwestern hosts New Palestine today.
Triton Central 5, Beech Grove 0
At Beech Grove, the visiting Tigers improved to 7-4 this season after dropping just two games.
Julia Sanders, Emma Hutchinson and Lelia Chougule each won singles matches, 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 1 doubles, Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley defeated Kristin Lamb and Lilly Dailey, 6-1, 6-1 to improve to 7-4 this season.
Sarah Williams and Olivia Martin pushed their No. 2 doubles record to 5-1 this season with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lindsey Bombard and Riley Wynn.
Triton Central is at Edinburgh Wednesday.
Morristown finished 0-3 Saturday in Rushville.
Cambridge City Lincoln defeated the Yellow Jackets, 5-0.
In its second match, Tri topped Morristown, 4-1.
At No. 1 doubles, Morristown’s Brianna Batton and Katie Hillock prevailed over Alexia Armstrong and Naliyah Walker, 7-6 (5), 7-5.
Rushville shut out Morristown, 5-0, in the final match of the day.
Batton and Hillock produced the most competitive match in a 6-2, 7-6 (2) loss to Cora Emoney and Mallory McDaniel.
Morristown travels to Eastern Hancock today.