Nate Gibson, Kira Gibson

Silver Creek softball coach Nate Gibson and his daughter, Kira, share a hug after the Dragons' 10-0 loss to No. 1 New Palestine in the Class 3A Jasper Semistate semifinals on Saturday. 

JASPER — New Palestine was as good as advertised, if not better.

The reigning Class 3A state champions showed why they are the top-ranked team in the state with their 10-0 six-inning triumph over Silver Creek in the Class 3A Jasper Semistate semifinals Saturday.

A pair of New Pal pitchers held Silver Creek to a single hit while the Dragons from Hancock County pounded out 11 hits, including six for extra bases, en route to Saturday night’s regional final.

The loss ends the season for Silver Creek (18-15), which won its third sectional and regional titles in four years en route to Saturday’s semistate game.

New Pal took the early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning. The Dragons (27-3) then broke the game open with a four-run fourth that was highlighted by back-to-back home runs.