By Bill Cross
For The Herald Bulletin
FRANKTON, Ind. —
The Pendleton Heights softball team broke out the big sticks Tuesday night at Frankton and came away with a dominating 13-2 win over the host Eagles.
“We set the tone early, and we did not let up,” Pendleton Heights coach Rob Davis said.
The Arabians took a 2-0 lead on a two-run shot by Elizabeth Sigler in the top of the first inning. It was the first of two homers on the night for Sigler.
The tone continued in the bottom of the first as starting pitcher Brooke Wendling started what would be a five-inning, one-hit, one-walk outing to pick up the win.
“(Brooke) is not going to get a lot of strikeouts, but she hits her spots and her ball spins very well,” Davis said.
Of the 15 outs that Wendling forced, 10 were fly balls.
“She’s going to get the ball popped up, we just have to play defense behind her,” Davis said.
After inducing two flyouts to start the game, Wendling gave up her only hit, a solid shot to left field by Lex Gray. Wendling did not allow another base runner until Tia Sharp drew a one-out walk in the fifth.
Pendleton Heights continued the offense in the second inning, scoring twice to take a 4-0 lead. After a three-up, three-down bottom of the second, Sigler led off the third with a home run to left center on the first pitch.
“I’m mad at her because she swung at a change-up with no strikes,” Davis said with a smile. “But she was feeling it tonight.”
As Frankton struggled to get base runners, Pendleton Heights scored in every inning except for the fourth. The Arabians made up for it in the fifth, scoring three runs on a Morgan Hubble double and a single by Kyndall Dishroon to open an 8-0 advantage.
Pendleton Heights scored two more in the top of the sixth to make it 10-0, but Frankton scratched out a run against reliever Maddie Fowler to continue the game to the seventh.
The Arabians added three in the seventh as the bench came through with three hits and a walk.
Frankton shortstop Natalie McGuire made a nice play to end the inning, catching a line drive by Hubble and firing the ball to second to retire Baily Williams. McGuire doubled home Sam Kilgore in the bottom of the inning for Frankton’s second run.
“They’re (Pendleton) a good team, but we just didn’t make plays when we should have,” Frankton coach Jeremy Parker said.
Pendleton Heights rang out 13 hits, including a three-hit, four-RBI night for Hubble. Sigler finished with three hits, three runs scored and three RBIs, and leadoff hitter Sarah Dixon went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
Sharp took the loss for Frankton, pitching six innings and giving up 13 runs. McGuire had two doubles and an RBI for the Eagles, and Gray finished with two hits.
Frankton hosts Eastern Hancock at 5 p.m. today, while Pendleton Heights travels to Mount Vernon on Thursday for a 5 p.m. start.