The Warriors led 2-0 after 21⁄2 innings before Hillsboro reached Sonja Steinborn for four runs in the bottom of the third, thanks in large part to five Marion errors. Amanda Bina had the only base hit during the rally.
Hillsboro expanded its lead to 8-2 with four more runs in the fourth. This time the Trojans combined five base hits with only one Warrior error. Bina drove in one run and Jessica Klose two with singles, and Steph Abbott picked up a run batted in with a ground out.
But Marion did not quit. In the top of fifth, the Warriors parlayed three hits and two Trojan errors into four runs that cut Hillsboro’s lead to 8-6. Jandee Sharp and Austin Percell each delivered RBI hits in the inning.
But Hillsboro came right back with three insurance runs in the bottom of the inning, with the big hit being Bina’s two-RBI double that drove in Meg Jost and Jenesa Klose, who had both singled.
Game 2 turned into a pitching duel between Klose and Steinborn. After 41⁄2 scoreless innings, the Trojans broke loose with four runs.
Jenesa Klose helped her cause with a leadoff single. After Rachelle Goldsby reached on an error and Corissa Bartel flied out, Bina drove in Klose with a single, Suzy Lindsay followed with a two-run triple and Jessica Klose brought Lindsay home with a ground out.
Marion rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh on three hits and an error to start the inning. But Jenesa Klose (5-4) kept her poise and retired three of the next four hitters to end the game.
Bina finished the day with 5-for-7 hitting and four RBI.
Smoky Valley—Hillsboro dropped both ends of a doubleheader with Smoky Valley Thursday at the Sports Complex by close margins, 5-4 and 9-7.
Game 1 turned in the fourth inning when the Vikings broke a 1-1 tie with three runs against Trojan starter Jenesa Klose.
After walk and a throwing error after a strikeout put the first two runners on base, a pair of singles and a triple accounted for all three runs.
Two hits and a sacrifice gave Smoky another run in the seventh inning.
Hillsboro rallied for three runs in its last at bats. Jessica Klose left of with a single and Suzy Lindsay reached on a fielder’s choice. Amanda Bina then drove both runners home with a double, then stole home for the third run after Lora Andrews walked.
Jenesa Klose (3-2) gave up 11 hits, walked two and struck out five in the loss.
Game 2 started as a pitching duel. With the score tied at 1-1 after three innings, the bats started warming up. Smoky two runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to build a 9-3 lead.
The Trojans, helped by four walks and a hit batter, rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth on only two hits to cut the lead to 9-7.
After Smoky added a 10th run in the seventh, Hillsboro went down in order in the final at-bat.
Klose (3-3) surrendered six earned runs on nine hits. She struck out three Vikings and walked none.
Hoisington—Hillsboro’s return trip from Hoisington on Tuesday was longer than usual after the Trojans dropped a pair of games to the home team, 7-4 and 11-1.
The Trojans had established a 4-0 lead in Game 1 after scoring a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings.
In the third, Amanda Bina drove in Rachelle Goldsby with a double, then scored on an error. In the fourth, Jenesa Klose and Lora Andrews delivered run-scoring singles.
But in the bottom of the fourth, the momentum changed for the rest of the day. The Cardinals, held to two hits through the first three innings by pitcher Jenesa Klose, parlayed six hits and a Trojan throwing error into five runs.
Hoisington added two more runs in the fifth inning on a lead-off error followed by a pair of doubles.
Meanwhile, Hillsboro hitters managed only one hit in the final three innings and five for the game off of Hoisington’s Brigette Hitschman.
Klose (3-1) absorbed the loss, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits with five strikeouts.
In Game 2, the Trojans scored in their first at-bat when Bina led off with a double and scored on error.
Hoisington took the lead in the bottom of the second when the first two Cardinals reached base on an error and a fielder’s choice, then scored on a ground out and a single.
But that was only a foretaste of what was to come. In the third, three straight singles to start the inning, followed by an error and another single, resulted in four runs and a 6-1 Hoisington lead.
Aided by more Trojan errors, the Cardinals added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings before scoring three more times in the sixth to end the game on the 10-run rule with one out.
Generally a sure-fielding team, the Trojans finished with five errors for the game and eight for the day. Klose (3-2), who surrendered eight hits, a walk and hit a batter, was charged with six earned runs in Game 2.