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Lady Eagles improve to 4-0

Mar. 26—The Zionsville softball team lost some momentum in the top of the fifth inning on Tuesday evening against Mount Vernon.

The visiting Marauders scored to tie the game at two, and then loaded the bases with two outs against reliever Kristin Evers.

But Evers got a strike out to get out of the jam, and that was the turning of the tide the Eagles needed.

Zionsville went on to scored seven times in the bottom of the fifth, and improved to 3-0 with an 11-5 victory.

The Eagles led 1-0 and 2-1, scoring on wild pitches in the second and fourth innings.

Mount Vernon tied the game in the fifth, but Tess Bradford ad Leah Helton walked and singled to start the inning, putting pressure on the Marauders defense.

Abbie Geib hit a 2-run double on a 3-2 pitch to give the Eagles the lead, and Charli Westerfield followed with a run-scoring single to make it 5-2.

An RBI-single from Sylvia Mudis, another run-scoring wild pitch, and a 2-run double from Helton added four more runs to give the Eagles a comfortable lead.

Zionsville sent 12 to the plate in the inning, including six with two outs.

Maddie Benedict and Mudis added RBIs in the sixth to cap the scoring for the Eagles.

Helton, Geib and Westerfield all had two hits in the game. Helton, Geib and Mudis each had two RBIs and Westrfield and Emma Vargo each scored two runs.

Helton started and didn't allow a hit in four innings, striking out eight and giving up one run.

Evers pitched the final three innings, striking out five.

The Eagles are 3-0 for the second straight year.

Eagles top second-ranked Center Grove

The Eagles got their first real test of the season on Wednesday night when they traveled to No. 2 Center Grove.

They passed the test in a big way.

Down 1-0, the Eagles scored four runs in the top of the third, getting an RBI-single from Leah Helton, a 2-run double from Charli Westerfield and a wild pitch on a third strike that kept the inning alive.

Center Grove hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the inning, but in the fifth, the Eagles extended the lead.

With none on and two outs, Emma Vargo walked and Kaylee Baxter singled.

Maddie Benedict hit an 2-run single ahead of Sylvia Mudis, who hit a 2-run homer to make it an 8-3 game.

The Trojans showed why they are so highly ranked, scoring twice in the fifth and twice more with two outs in the sixth to get within a run.

After the Eagles went down in order in the seventh, Helton capped off the win with three strike outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Helton struck out nine in the game, allowing three earned runs on nine hits.

She was also 2-for-4 at the plate. Benedict was 2-for-4,

Olivia Kohler, Westerfield, Baxter and Mudis also had hits.

Zionsville is off until April 9 against HSE.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.