Depth delivers for Arabian softball in win against Cougars

GREENFIELD — Entering a Hoosier Heritage Conference matchup on Wednesday, May 17, the Greenfield-Central Cougars had a much more powerful lineup than Pendleton Heights, statistically.

But the Arabians showed they have a much deeper lineup.

Pendleton Heights jumped on Greenfield-Central for six first-inning runs and refused to let up as the visiting Arabians knocked off the Cougars 15-7.

With the win, Pendleton Heights improved to 18-7 on the year (4-2, HHC), while the Cougars fell to 19-5 (5-2).

Amanda White got the start for the Arabians and kept the powerful Cougar hitters off balance with her location and change of speeds. She allowed 13 hits but walked just one, and the Cougars hit two homers, both solo shots.

“Amanda has that capability to keep you off balance and hit her spots,” Arabian coach Rob Davis said. “She looked like she wanted to be out there tonight.”

The difference in this game was the bottom of the lineup. The Pendleton Heights trio of Olivia Conner, Mickala Winans and Ally Hall were a wrecking crew. They combined to go 7-13 with five runs scored, seven RBI, a stolen base, two walks, a triple and a hit by pitch. Not only were they driving runs, they set the table for the top of the lineup, where Lauren Landes had a double, two singles and a sacrifice fly, driving in four runs.

“I’m one through nine deep,” Davis said. “This is a team effort, and we’re going to see what we can do.”

Conner was 2-5 with two RBI; Winans was 2-5 with two runs scored and two RBI; and Hall was on base five times with two walks, two singles and a triple, driving in three runs total.

By comparison, the bottom three of the Cougar lineup were 1-10 with one RBI.

White helped her cause at the plate with two hits, including a two-run single in the first inning, and by scored twice.

The Arabians will wrap up the regular season and conference play with a trip to Yorktown Thursday, May 18.

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Rob Hunt covers news, sports and other happenings in South Madison County. He can be reached at rhunt@pendletontimespost.com or (765) 778-2324.