ZIONSVILLE - The Hamilton Heights softball team started its season with a tough matchup on Tuesday night against defending regional champion Zionsville. The Huskies lost to the Eagles 15-5 at Zionsville High School.

Heights kept the game close only trailing 7-5 after four innings, but Zionsville pulled away with a monster eight-run fifth inning.

"It was a tight game through four innings," head coach Landi Lockwood said after the game. "And then we just made a few key errors on defense and didn't recover."

Offensively, Claire Schildmeier led the way for the Huskies going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Jessica Kaurich added a hit and scored a run. Both Adyson Barber and Mickey Stupp also scored one run each.

"It's just the first game of the season," Lockwood said. "We saw some positives tonight to build off of and saw the places we need to focus on to improve."

Heights next plays 5:30 p.m. tonight at home against Frankton.