The umpire at second called Denny safe as the play was not a force at second base, and the run was counted. When play resumed, Denny was at first with two outs. Erika Knapp grounded out to Fowler to officially end the inning.
Pendleton struck for four more runs in the bottom of the third to go up 8-1, which was more than enough for Fowler — who pitched a complete game, allowing only six hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
“Maddie is not going to be a big strikeout pitcher,” said Davis. “She has to hit her spots and spin the ball. She hit her spots very well tonight and kept them off balance.”
The defense behind Fowler was strong as right fielder Heather Wendling accounted for four of the 15 outs, and the Arabians did not commit an error.
The game was a chance for Davis, who picked up career win No. 101, to play his bench and gain valuable varsity experience for the senior-laden squad. The Arabians used 16 players, and 10 accounted for the 15 hits.
Lea Warrum drove in the game-ending run with a single in the fifth, scoring Alyssa Clendenin. Reserves had four hits for Pendleton, with Warrum, Bailey Williams and Kerrigan McClain all driving in runs. Wendling, Morgan Hubble, Jordan Dean and Benefiel joined Dixon in the two-hit club as Pendleton had multiple hits in four of the five innings.
Pendleton (16-8, 3-2 HHC) extended its overall winning streak to four games and its conference streak to three, while Greenfield fell to 12-10 and 0-7 in the HHC.
Pendleton will travel to Elwood on Thursday in a rematch of the Madison County Tournament final.