Pitcher Perfect

Dominant pitching was the key to Hillsboro?s 10-0, 10-0 softball sweep of Moundridge April 11 at the Sports Complex.

In the opener, senior Josie Loewen (3-0) stretched her streak of games without allowing an earned run to three. Then, sophomore Holly Lindsay (2-1) tossed a no-hit shutout in the second to nail down a double victory and raise Hillsboro?s record to 5-1.

?Our pitchers are doing an extremely good job,? coach Carolyn Long said. ?When they pitch like that, it makes it easy for me as a coach.?

Jill Hein was the hitting star of the day, driving in four runs on 5-for-6 hitting. Hill?s triple in the first inning of the first game scored Dionne Jost and Amber Hefley to give the Trojans a quick 2-0 lead.

A couple of Moundridge errors in the second plus an RBI single by Hefley lengthened the lead to 5-0.

That was more than enough run support for Loewen, who struck out eight of the 18 hitters she faced and gave up only two hits.

In the second game, Lindsay was dominating, striking out nine of the 16 batters she faced as she registered the second five-inning no-hitter of her career. Only an error by all-state shortstop Sara Janzen with one out in the last inning prevented Lindsay from registering a perfect game.

The Trojans committed only two errors all afternoon, their best performance of the season.

?When Moundridge put the ball into play, we got the defensive stop,? she said. ?We had been struggling with our bunt defense. But when Moundridge bunted, we got the job done. Everyone was moving to where they needed to move.?

Long thought her team was more aggressive at the plate against the Wildcats. ?We scored more runs against Lyons, but so many of those were the result of walks,? she said. ?I could tell the girls were antsy. They really wanted to hit.

?As a coach, I?d rather score off of hits than off of walks,? she added. ?We were definitely more aggressive in the box.?

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