The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

High School Sports

April 14, 2013

Arabians return to top of county softball mountain

PH stops Elwood 11-1

PENDLETON, Ind. — Another grand pitching performance and a slightly irritated shortstop guided the Pendleton Heights softball team to the Madison County Tournament title Saturday afternoon.

Junior Bailey Benefiel dominated all but one of the Elwood hitters, striking out 12 as the Arabians defeated the Panthers 11-1.

Elwood had just two baserunners and both times it was center fielder Jessie Noone, who had a single and a stolen base in the first inning and a double and a run scored in the fourth. None of the other Panthers reached base.

“My rise ball was good today,” said Benefiel. “They were going for that.”

“She is a rise ball pitcher,” said PH coach Rob Davis. “When a team doesn’t see it that often, it is a tough pitch.”

The Arabians scored all the runs they would need when four scored in the top of the first. After Heather Wendling and Delilah Wright walked, both came in on a double by Elizabeth Sigler. Sigler scored on Alexandra Slick’s single and Morgan Hubble scored on a single by Sydney Windlan.

One player who didn’t figure in the scoring in that inning, leadoff hitter and shortstop Sarah Dixon, would play a big role in the remainder of the runs the Arabians scored.

She struck out against Elwood starting pitcher Kelsey Hughes to open the game and then was on base the final three times she came to bat. Did the strikeout make her angry? Not really.

“I was angry, but it was because I hit a ball down the line and it was called foul and I didn’t think it was foul,” said Dixon.

But after the Arabians batted nine players in the opening inning, Dixon was ready to lead off again in the second. This time there was a different result.

Dixon hit a long and high drive to right field and it cleared the fence. “That was my first home run (in a varsity game),” said Dixon. “I got my pitch. It was high and inside. (Hughes) had good speed and she had a good changeup.”

That blast made the score 5-0. It grew to 6-0 in the third when Dixon singled in Breanna Pryor.

Elwood got on the board when Noone doubled to open the bottom of the fourth and scored on a stolen base and a fielder’s choice.

Pendleton Heights, leading 6-1, put up five runs in the sixth to provide the 10-run cushion needed to finish the contest early. The inning featured seven singles, one each by Pryor, Dixon, Wendling, Wright, Singler, Slick and Benefiel. The final run was chased home on Windlan’s sacrifice fly.

Benefiel set down the Panthers in order in the bottom of the sixth, and the title belonged to the No. 4-ranked Arabians.

“We are playing very well right now,” said Davis. “The girls are playing with a lot of confidence. The reason we’ve had success so far is that we’re playing with confidence.”

PH (9-0) returns to action on Monday, hosting Anderson.

1
Text Only
High School Sports
  • Defending 1A champs drop Bulldogs Tim Miller knew when his Lapel Bulldogs took the field Friday night against Tri-Central it would be a difficult task. The third-year coach was correct in his assessment, as the Bulldogs were unable to dig out of an early four-touchdown deficit en route to a 40-18 season-opening loss to the defending Class 1A state champions.

    August 23, 2014

  • Third-ranked Scecina blitzes Elwood Life after Sammy Mireles officially began for Elwood's football program Friday night. The Panthers commenced their 2014 season against Class 2A third-ranked Scecina without the state's all-time leading rusher, who graduated after racking up 8,110 yards for his career. That, along with the Crusaders' depth and speed as well as the heat that delayed the kickoff 30 minutes, was too much for Elwood to overcome. Scecina ended up rolling, 37-12, and handed the Panthers their third straight opening-night setback.|ELWOOD — Life after Sammy Mireles officially began for Elwood's football program Friday night. The Panthers commenced their 2014 season against Class 2A third-ranked Scecina without the state's all-time leading rusher, who graduated after racking up

    August 23, 2014

  • Argylls can't hold on against rival Marion It was a tale of two halves Friday night as Madison-Grant hosted Marion to kickoff the high school football season. The Argylls put 22 points up in the first half, but Marion scored 25 in nine minutes in the second to pull out a 25-22 win over the hosts.

    August 23, 2014

  • SPT - HB0823 - APA frankton football - DH - 01 Eagles duo grounds Jets, 52-6

    Frankton's senior tandem of quarterback Brayden Ginder and receiver Austin Compton decided Friday night's season opener early. Ginder's first three passes went to Compton and all of them resulted in touchdowns as the Eagles went on to put away Anderson Preparatory Academy 52-6.

    August 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT - HB0823 - AHS football - DK - 258 Rough start to new era for Tribe The newest era of Anderson High School football did not get off to the best of starts Friday night. The Indians (0-1) turned the ball over six times and surrendered 47 first-half points en route to a 53-7 loss against Fort Wayne Wayne (1-0) at Collier Field.

    August 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT - HB0822 - AHS fb preview - JC 5 High school football preview: Indians prepare for season of intrigue with new head coach There's one conclusion Robert Brown is emphatically prepared to draw from his first three months as the head football coach at Anderson High School. "There's more talent here than what I thought," he said before a practice this week. "I knew that the cupboards weren't dry. I knew there was some talent here, but there's a lot more than what I thought coming in."

    August 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT - HB0821 - Shenandoah Elwood football - DH - 003 High School football preview: Raiders' unselfishness keeps Shenandoah rumbling on The Shenandoah football team does not rebuild. It reloads. And runs the ball over, around and — when necessary — through anything in its path.

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0820 -PH feature - DH 1 High School football preview: PH's Boudoux, Farrer growing up in the trenches The best football player in Madison County just might be lined up on the left side of Pendleton Heights' offensive line this fall.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0819 - Lapel football - DH - 002 High school football preview: Baseball star Cherry has Lapel dreaming big Not very often does a Division I baseball player come into a football coach's office and declare that he wants to come out for the team, but that’s exactly what Brady Cherry did last summer at Lapel High School.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0818 - Alex scrimmage - 058 HS football preview: QB Kelly, Tigers chasing titles this fall Alexandria’s senior quarterback Blaize Kelly has all the statistics, honors and school records, but the one thing that he is still searching for is a sectional championship.

    August 18, 2014 2 Photos

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin