ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Strong pitching fueled the Hillsboro baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Marion Friday at Memorial Field.
Sophomore Jerod Metcalf gave up only three hits through seven innings in a 7-1 win in the opener. Senior Nathan Fish pitched a five-inning no-hitter in the nightcap to help the Trojans to an 11-1 run-rule win.
With the sweep, Hillsboro raised its record to 10-3 for the season.
The Trojans took command of the opener with a six-run second inning. The big blow was a two-out, two-run homer by Grant Brubacher.
The Warriors scored their only run in the game in the fifth with the help of two Trojan errors and an RBI single by Heath Tajchman.
Hillsboro managed only six hits in the game. Corey Thiessen went 2-for-2, scored one run and drove in two more for HHS. Shawn Hughbanks went 2-for-3 with one run scored and one driven in.
The nightcap was never in doubt as Hillsboro scored four runs in the first inning and six more in the second.
The Trojans banged out seven of their nine hits in the first two innings, including Brubacher’s second two-run homer of the night and fourth of the season. The senior shortstop finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Fish faced 19 batters in five innings, walking three and striking out four without allowing a hit.
Offensively, he went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Hillsboro committed six errors on the day.
Clay Center-A six-run second inning lifted Hillsboro to a 12-6 win over Clay Center Tuesday at Memorial Field.
With the score tied 2-2 after one and a half innings, Shawn Hughbanks led off the home half of the second with a walk.
After Jerod Metcalf grounded out to the pitcher and Grant Brubacher flied out, Dan Funk singled and Nathan Fish and James Bina followed with back-to-back home runs to put Hillsboro ahead 6-2.
Corey Thiessen was then hit by a pitch and Dustin Jost walked. Both scored with the help of two Clay Center errors to make the score 8-2.
The Tigers closed to within 9-5 with a run in the third and two in the sixth. But Hillsboro came back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take control.
Layne Frick pitched six innings for the win. He gave up eight hits and one walk and struck out seven. Jost pitched the seventh inning and earned a save.
The second game of the scheduled twinbill was canceled after the first game was delayed by more than an hour as the teams waited for a second certified umpire to arrive.
Coming-The Trojans were scheduled for a doubleheader against unbeaten Wichita Collegiate yesterday in Wichita. Next Tuesday they travel to Canton-Galva for the regular-season finale.