Finishing the week 3-1, the Post 366 Hillsboro Babe Ruth team swept Chase County 16-1 and 16-13 in Hillsboro on Tuesday and dropped the first game to Salina LDA 8-5?at Matson Field in Salina on Thursday, then won the second 12-3.
It only took Hillsboro three innings on Tuesday in Hillsboro to beat a short-handed Chase County team 16-1 in the first game.
Hillsboro’s first seven batters of the ball game scored.
Chase County outscored Hillsboro in the second inning 1-0, but watched the game end after a nine-run bottom of the third.
“The first game we just kind of came out and put it to them,” said Post 366 coach Justin Moore. “Seven run in the first, that’s always good.”
Luke Moore allowed three hits and one run, picking up the victory in three innings of work.
Chase County started out strong in the second game, building a 7-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second.
Hillsboro scored six runs in the bottom of the second while holding Chase County scoreless in the top of the third.
Ben Gardner scored run four, five and six of the inning with a bases clearing three-run home run to tighten the Chase County lead to 7-6.
“He just continues to step up in big situations,” said Moore. “ That was huge.”
Moore continued, “ He’s just seeing the ball real well right now. For him to step up like that, I think that gave us a lot of momentum. Then we just kept riding that wave.”
After holding Chase County scoreless in the top of the second, Hillsboro rattled of four more runs in the bottom of the third to take a 10-7 lead.
Chase County went on a two inning scoring drought while Post 366 one in the fourth and five in the fifth to open up a 16-10 advantage.
Failing on a seventh inning rally, Chase County scored threeruns, the last two of the ball game.
In the first game at Salina on Thursday, Hillsboro lost its second game of the season to Salina LDA.
The host team scored seven runs in the first two innings compared to two by Post 366.
Hillsboro struggled at the plate going down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second. Able to get runners on in six of the seven innings, Post 366 stranded eight runners.
“That first game, we came out and weren’t ready to play,” said Moore. “That starts at the top down. That starts with me and I didn’t do a good enough job of having them ready to play.”
Waking up for the second game, Hillsboro scored one run in the first, two runs in the second and eight runs in the fourth en route to seven inning, nine-run victory.
“They threw the kid they threw the first time they say us here, and we just lit him up,” said Moore. “I think it took us a game to get it underneath our belts then we started to play like the way we are capable of playing.”
Hillsboro (9-2) is scheduled to host Marion Tuesday.
Thursday, Hillsboro will try to avenge a 5-2 loss from June 8, when they host Abilene.
“Last year they had our number and this year they’ve had our number,” said Moore. “I think our guys are the kind of guys that welcome that challenge.”