The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

High School Sports

May 21, 2013

Cowan bounces Broncos in Class A opener

ANDERSON, Ind. — For the last three years, Cowan and Daleville have ended their regular seasons with a doubleheader against each other and then have drawn each other as opponents in the IHSAA softball sectional No. 55 opener.

Cowan head coach Jeff Berger was determined to give the Broncos a different look this time, though. He held his senior ace Shelby Wilcoxon out of both games of last Saturday’s doubleheader — neither of which would have changed either team’s order of finish in the Mid-Eastern Conference — and Daleville swept Cowan 6-2 and 9-0.

“We didn’t throw Shelby in either one of those games; we saved her,” said Berger.

The strategy paid off as the Blackhawks got a strong pitching performance from Wilcoxon and a two-run homer from Allie McCreery on their way to a 6-1 win over Daleville on Tuesday night at Liberty Christian School.

“I tried to change my speeds as much as possible,” Wilcoxon said. “Even if it’s just fastballs, I’ll try to let up a little bit or slow down a little more and that usually works pretty well for me.”

It did Tuesday night. Wilcoxon allowed just three hits and struck out eight.

“We didn’t hit,” said Daleville coach Dick Hines. “We didn’t even put the ball in play very well.”

The Blackhawks pecked away at the Broncos on offense, taking advantage of some careless fielding and off-target throws to score a single run in each of the first three innings.

“We didn’t execute very well. We had four errors,” said Hines. “We didn’t cover the bunts very well, and that really hurt us.”

Daleville kept it close, though, thanks to a game pitching performance from senior Jamie Roberts and a first-inning run when leadoff batter Brynn Gooding reached on an error, went to second on a bunt and came around to score on a single by Jordyn Marshel.

Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, Roberts gave up a long double to Mallory Bruner, followed by McCreery’s home run, which effectively put the game out of reach.

“Offensively we were bad. Defensively we were bad. Pitching we weren’t sharp,” Hines said, with a rueful laugh.

Cowan will play in the second semifinal against Liberty Christian tonight, after the Wes-Del and Southern Wells game.

Text Only
High School Sports
  • Pay for South Madison soccer coaches under review An ad hoc parent group wants the South Madison Community Schools board to consider raising the stipend for Pendleton Heights High School soccer coaches.

    July 21, 2014

  • SPT - HB0720 - Mireles art Mireles looks toward future after all-star finale Surrounded by his friends and family near midfield under the lights of Friday night, Elwood’s Sammy Mireles did something he’s never done in his career. The state’s all-time leading rusher freely absorbed a hit.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0715 - Mireles art Mireles leaning toward joining Ravens The next big play record-setting running back Sammy Mireles makes could be at Anderson University.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0712 - Morgan Nadaline art Nadaline's storied junior career concludes Morgan Nadaline's junior golf career came to an end Friday when Rachel Johnson sank a birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the Indiana Section Junior PGA Championship at Honeywell Golf Course in Wabash.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0710 - Brady Cherry art THB Baseball Player of the Year: Lapel's Brady Cherry The hardest part of the 2014 season for Brady Cherry might have been living up to his own legend.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0709 - Weins art Weins aids Eagles' bonding process

    Contrary to popular belief, sometimes numbers do lie. Logan Weins surrendered nine hits and seven runs in the final start of his high school career — a sectional championship loss against Class 2A state champion Wapahani — and nobody argues those figures. But they don't tell the whole story.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - AOTY - softball - Benefiel 3 Repeat for Benefiel

    It might not have been the season that she envisioned, but it was a mark worth honoring.Pendleton Heights’ Bailey Benefiel put up some spectacular numbers and earned the nod as The Herald Bulletin’s Softball Pitcher of the Year — repeating the award she also won a season ago.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - AOTY - softball - Noone 2 Noone as in No-one better It is hard to imagine how Elwood's Jessie Noone could have had a better senior season individually than the one she posted this past spring.

    July 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - AOTY - boys track - Zack Taylor Pendleton Heights' Taylor wins Track Athlete of Year

    This past season, the Pendleton Heights boys track team was saddled with replacing several graduated seniors. Junior Zach Taylor was among the leaders who filled the roles and as a result, Zach is the 2014 Herald Bulletin Boys Track Athlete of the Year.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - AOTY - girls track - Cottrell 2 Cottrell sprints to the top Kiawna Cottrell’s goal going into the season was to find two seconds in the 400 meter dash.

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

Latest Sports Photos

Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin