Finishing well

Hillsboro High School withstood a late rally to beat the Haven

Wildcats, 9-6, and sweep their doubleheader Thursday. The Trojans won

the first game, 9-2, behind the four-hit pitching of Layne Frick.

In the second game, the Trojans were cruising along, 7-1, after six

and a half innings. But the Wildcats got to starter Jerod Metcalf

(3-1) for four hits and three runs, including a lead-off homer, in the

bottom of the sixth.

Grant Brubacher took over on the mound with two outs. He gave up a

single, which scored a fourth run, then struck out Haven?s cleanup

hitter to end the inning.

Sparked by a triple by Brubacher and a double by Tyson Ratzlaff,

Hillsboro got two runs back in the seventh to make the score 9-5.

Haven managed one more run in the bottom of the inning, thanks in part

to a Trojan error. But Brubacher shut the door with no more damage to

earn his second save of the year.

Brubacher also fueled the offense, going 3-for-4 with a double,

triple, an RBI and three runs scored. James Bina drove in three runs

with two singles and a fielder?s choice.

The first game was close until the bottom of fourth, when Hillsboro,

leading 3-0, erupted for six runs. The Trojans were helped by four

walks and an error sandwiched between a lead-off single by Daniel Funk

and a two-RBI double by Brubacher.

Brubacher?s 6-for-8 hitting for the day raised his team-leading

average to .556. He also leads the team in RBIs with 26.

Frick, meanwhile, raised his unblemished record to 5-0 with a

six-inning performance. He struck out five hitters and walked four.

Shawn Hughbanks pitched the final inning. He gave up one hit and hit a

batter, but allowed no runs to earn his team-leading third save of the


Collegiate?Hillsboro took revenge on a heart-breaking loss in the

first game with a 13-3 run-rule win over the Spartans in the second

game of their doubleheader May 2.

Both teams came into the game with 12-2 records.

Except for a two-out RBI double in the top of the seventh inning of

the first game by Collegiate?s Andrew Frieze, the Trojans might have

swept one of the top teams in Class 3A. The hit drove in what turned

out to be the winning run in a 4-3 Collegiate victory.

Freshman Dustin Jost (3-1) allowed three runs on three hits in the

first inning of the opener. But he shut out the Spartans on two hits

through the next five innings.

Trent Overman led off the fateful seventh with a double. Jost battled

back to strike out the next two hitters before giving up Frieze?s

game-winning hit.

The second game started poorly for Hillsboro, as Collegiate touched

starter Nathan Fish for three runs on three hits, a walk and a Trojan


But the Trojans burned Collegiate starter James Jost in the bottom of

the first for eight runs on six hits, two walks and four Collegiate


Hillsboro?s James Bina, Justin Friesen and Shawn Hughbanks all had

two-RBI hits in the inning.

That turned out to be more than enough runs for Fish (4-1), who gave

up only one more hit the rest of the way.

The Trojans (15-3) were scheduled to play Canton-Galva yesterday in

their regular-season finale. Hillsboro opens regional playoffs Monday

in Gypsum. Games are also scheduled for Wednesday.

Coach Phil Oelke feels his team could be seeded No. 1 in the

tournament, and the biggest threat will come from Southeast of Saline.

?Defensively, I think we?re playing some pretty good baseball right

now,? he said. ?I am concerned about our hitting. We?ve got some g

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