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July 3, 2013

PH's Benefiel named THB Softball Pitcher of the Year

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PENDLETON, Ind. —

The Arabians averaged just over one error per game and that defense was a source of comfort for the junior pitcher. "It didn't really change the way I pitched," said Benefiel. "But when (the opponents) hit it, I was confident the defense would make plays."

Benefiel is spending her summer playing for the Indy Dreams Gold traveling softball team.

"I started playing travel ball when I was 8," said Benefiel. "I really like to play. I've made a lot of friends playing softball."

To play at the college level, she knows there are things she still needs to improve.

"I think I can get better at everything," said Benefiel. "I can always get stronger and pitch with greater speed."

Area teams will have to figure out a way to get some hits against her for one more season and that has proven to be no easy task the past two seasons.

Past All THB teams and players of the year can be found online: Saturday -- Girls Track; Sunday -- Boys Track; Monday -- Boys Golf; Tuesday, Wednesday -- Baseball

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