Katie Mathies was clutch for Class 4A No. 6 Shelbyville on Saturday during a battle for the Golden Bear Invitational trophy.
Mathies, one of the state’s top hitters, blasted a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning, which tied the game with Fishers (2-2). The Golden Bears scored again after Cheyenne Eads’ sixth-inning bunt brought home another run, making the score 3-2 (final).
That offensive surge was enough to propel Shelbyville to its 22nd win of the season – and an invitational championship on its home field. The Golden Bears (22-3) have won three games in a row and seven of their last eight.
Eads pitched a complete game against Fishers to improve to 10-3 in the circle for SHS.
Earlier in the day, the Golden Bears beat Cambridge City Lincoln, 12-0. Addi Weaver, Kiley McIver and Eads hit home runs in the win. Weaver finished with a team-high four RBIs.
Brooke Lipperd was the winning pitcher against CCL. She allowed four hits, zero walks and struck out two in four innings of work.
Through 25 games this season, Karissa Hamilton leads Shelbyville in most statistical categories, including home runs (20), batting average (.658), hits (52), RBIs (52) and runs scored (52).
Also for SHS, Mathies leads the team with three triples and has 10 home runs and 40 RBIs. Kylee Edwards has a team-high 17 stolen bases. Weaver has just one error behind the plate at catcher and has hit nine home runs.
Up next: Shelbyville plays again Tuesday at Southport before facing No. 9 Center Grove on the road Thursday.
Sectional play: The Golden Bears are inching towards sectional play, which begins next week. SHS will face No. 16 Columbus North on May 25.