Trojan softball team takes three of four

Even though playing against a hard-blowing north wind, the Hillsboro Trojans breezed to a home-field doubleheader sweep of Lyons Friday, 16-0 and 14-4. Both games were called after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Hillsboro all but put the opener away in the first inning with a five-run burst aided by four walks. The Trojans added eight runs in the second, again helped by four walks.

?We got a lot on (base) by walks, but when we did get strikes across the plate, I felt like the girls hit pretty solid,? said coach Carolyn Long.

Senior pitcher Josie Loewen (2-0) mastered the Lyons lineup, throwing a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and only one walk.

In the second game, sophomore Holly Lindsay (1-1) allowed only one hit and one walk en route to the easy win.

Lyons scored three of their four runs in the third, when Hillsboro committed three of the six errors in the game.

Offensively, Hillsboro took advantage of five Lyons errors to score two runs in the first inning and then blew the game open in the third inning with eight runs when Lyons committed four of their errors.

Emily Donahue drove in three runs with a 2-for-4 hitting performance to spark the Trojans.

?They were definitely a weaker team than Nickerson was,? Long said. ?When they did hit the ball, I thought we fielded it well.?

Nickerson?The Trojans split their season-opening doubleheader against Nickerson April 4, winning the first game 5-2 but dropping the second game 14-4. The games were played at Fun Valley in Hutchinson.

Senior pitcher Josie Loewen (1-0) allowed just four hits and two unearned runs to pace fuel the Trojans in the first game.

With Nickerson leading 2-1 after three innings, the Trojans, helped by Nickerson errors, came back with four runs in the fourth, including an RBI double by senior Sara Janzen.

In the second game, the Panthers capitalized on two Trojan errors in the fifth to score five runs without registering a hit to wipe out a 4-2 Hillsboro lead.

They followed that in the sixth with seven hits and seven runs off sophomore pitcher Holly Lindsay (0-1) to seal the win. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

?I felt pretty good about the way we played as a whole,? coach Carolyn Long said. ?There were a couple of innings in the second game where we simply fell apart. We just had too many errors to overcome.?

The Trojans hosted Moundridge at the Sports Complex yesterday. Their doubleheader scheduled for Friday against Smoky Valley has been rescheduled for April 20 in Lindsborg. HHS will host Inman April 18.

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