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Bringle, underclassmen help Golden Bears earn win

Shelbyville freshman Addisenn Weaver eyes a ball in the infield on Wednesday at home. The Golden Bears dismantled South Dearborn 19-1 in the win. Weaver finished with a home run. She now has three home runs this season, which leads the team.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

After South Dearborn had little trouble plating a run early in the first inning, it appeared Wednesday’s softball game at Shelbyville would be rather competitive -- until the Golden Bears had a chance to hit.

Shelbyville scored five runs in its first two at-bats, then exploded for 14 runs in the third inning en route to a convincing 19-1 win at home over a sound South Dearborn team. The Golden Bears needed extra innings to defeat SD last season. The Knights returned many of the same names this season, according to SHS head coach Mark Hensley.

Shelbyville senior TeAnn Bringle led the show on the mound and had help at the plate from a group of underclassmen. Freshmen Addisenn Weaver and Madison Campton and sophomore Izzy Lewis all hit home runs in the win. Campton was 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs, while Lewis also finished with a double. She was 2-for-4 on the day.

Bringle was productive offensively, as well, finishing with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Freshman Katie Mathies added two hits for Shelbyville, which finished the game with 15 total.

“(Bringle) is one of those players you just like to have,” Hensley said. “She just wants the ball and is very competitive. We really hit the ball well today.”

The Golden Bears' (3-1) lone loss this season came in their previous contest against Pendleton Heights (16-5). Hensley was proud of how the group, which is rather young, responded. The team, including Bringle, has three upperclassmen in the starting lineup.

“Our confidence has been pretty good, we didn’t play as well as we would have liked at Pendleton Heights,” Hensley said. “We had a pretty good heart-to-heart yesterday talking about how we need to grow up. I know we have a bunch of freshmen and sophomores on the team, but we are four games in now. It is time.”

Senior Katie Lux and junior Kaylee Kingston, like Bringle, bring experience and leadership to the team. Lux made a nice diving play at shortstop Wednesday with the bases loaded and two outs. She also hit a double in the first inning and scored two runs.

Bringle, who will play at Indiana State next season, is now 2-0 this year with a 4.42 ERA and nine strikeouts. She said seeing the younger players step up is a positive sign of the future.

“Seeing them step up is a huge part, they have filled a really big part of Shelbyville softball,” Bringle said. “This is just the beginning. I know they are going to make a huge impact. I just want to see them succeed. I will do anything (for them).”

Shelbyville returns to action today at Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Delta. The Golden Bears host Yorktown Saturday.

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.