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Gerlach sits atop state home run leaderboard

Gerlach sits atop state home run leaderboard
Gerlach sits atop state home run leaderboard
Corydon Central senior infielder Bella Gerlach is all smiles as she rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the Lady Panthers’ 24-0 victory over rival South Central on May 2. The dinger was her 15th of the year and the 40th of her high school career. Coming into yesterday (Tuesday), she currently leads the state with 20 long balls. Photo by Brandon Miniard
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

When you are a softball pitcher in Southern Indiana, there is one thing you must never do: give Corydon Central senior Bella Gerlach a good pitch to hit.

Coming into yesterday (Tuesday), Gerlach has established herself as one of the most fearsome sluggers in the state of Indiana.

The infielder, a Western Michigan University commit, currently leads the state with 20 home runs in 102 plate appearances. Behind her, with 18 home runs, is Mooresville’s Alexandra Cooper. Floyd Central’s Taylor Chimbley and Bedford North Lawrence’s Ava Ratliff are tied for third with 17 long balls, while Edinburgh’s Gracie Crawhorn and Eastern Hancock’s Sammie Bolding are tied for fifth with 15 dingers apiece.

Along with the 20 homers, Gerlach is also tied with Sullivan’s Delainey Shorter for fourth in the state with 44 runs scored, tied with Ratliff for fifth with 45 RBIs and is sixth with a 1.398 slugging percentage.

“My approach has just been to get on base, make a good connection with the ball and good things will come,” Gerlach said. “If I just hit a line drive, then that ball could go out or at least be a double.”

In three years of high school softball between a year at North Harrison (2019) and now at Corydon Central (2021-present), Gerlach currently has 45 career home runs.