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Jay County poked the Bears last week, and Monroe Central’s next three opponents paid the price. 

After the Patriots handed the Class 2A No.-ranked Monroe Central its first loss of the season on Monday– a 10-9 setback in extra innings – Matt Deckman’s boys responded with a 7-0 shutout win over Shenandoah on Tuesday, a 31-0 blowout of Eastern Hancock on Friday, and a 2-0 win over Daleville on Saturday as Bryce Deckman tossed a no-hitter. 

The Bears now stand 15-1 on the season and were set to face Randolph Southern on Wednesday in the first round of the county tournament held at Winchester. 

Deckman was brilliant against the Broncos, needing just 77 pitches to record the no-hitter, which wasn’t too far from a perfect game. He struck out 13 and walking just one batter. 

The Bears had just four hits of their own – one a home run by Joel Kennedy and another a run-scoring single by Caden Shumaker. 

Ashton Bandy had five hits and Aidyn Coffey had seven runs batted with three home runs as the Bears jumped all over Eastern Hancock on Friday by scoring 20 runs in the first inning. The Bears had 27 hits in the game total with Deckman, Kennedy and Shumaker each collecting three each. 

Bandy pitched six and two-thirds innings of shutout ball against Shenandoah on Tuesday. Kennedy had a pair of hits and drove in five runs.

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