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Senior Spotlight: Benton Central Softball

The Bison finished with a program best record 24-6 last season, including an appearance in the 2019 class 3A semi-state game. Jim Gerlach's squad will lose two seniors from the 2020 class.

Posted: May 19, 2020 9:42 PM

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."

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