OXFORD, Ind. (WLFI) — Benton Central softball's most successful season in school history was last year.
The Bison went 24-6 and made an appearance in the class 3-A north semi-state game. While Jim Gerlach's two seniors won't get a shot at redeeming that run from a year ago, their efforts pushed the program to the very top of their class.
Keely Meadows was a four year starter in the outfield. Meadows tallied a whopping .505 batting average as a junior. She plans on attending IUPUI and wants to walk-on to the Jaguars' softball team.
Meadows classmate Nellie Hattendorf played third base, and was a two year letter-winner. She plans on attending Ivy Tech before transferring to a four year school. Coach Gerlach mentioned that without these two, the success BC softball has had over the last few years may never have happened.
"These girls really restarted a tradition. This graduating class never had a losing season," said Gerlach.
"These girls came in as freshman and really set the bar going forward, and like I said I've got a really good group coming back next year as well, so we expect big things. They were a big part of that. They were kind of the rudder that got the ship headed in the right direction."