ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Hillsboro American Legion Post 366 ran its winning streak to six games with a doubleheader sweep of Lindsborg Sunday, 9-3 and 12-1, at Tabor Field.
Hillsboro’s Kris Jones pitched a four-inning no-hitter in the second game as the team raised its season record to 12-7. Lindsborg scored its only run in the first inning on a pair of Hillsboro errors.
After Hillsboro tied the game in the bottom of the inning, the home team broke the game open with six runs in the bottom of the second.
Graham Ratzlaff walked to start it off, then moved to third on a double by Jeremy Hanes. After Ben Walker walked to load the bases, Dustin Jost walked, forcing in Ratzlaff with the go-ahead run.
Hanes scored when Lindsborg’s right fielder dropped a fly ball by Andy Brubacher. Jones then delivered a single to score Walker and Jost, and Chase Freeborn followed with a sacrifice fly to score Brubacher. After Jamey Cooper walked, Jones scored on a double by Shawn Hughbanks.
Hillsboro added five more runs in the third on three hits and three Lindsborg errors.
Jones struck out four and walked two in a game called after the top of the fourth because of the 10-run rule.
In the opener, Cooper scattered five hits and struck out six to pitch a complete seven-inning victory.
Lindsborg scored two runs in the first inning on no hits but the help of two Hillsboro errors.
The home team tied the game in the bottom of the first on a walk to Jost, who stole second and then scored on Brubacher’s single to center.
The big inning for Hillsboro was a four-run third. After Walker led off with a walk, Jost and Brubacher followed with consecutive singles, scoring Walker. After Jones flied out, Freeborn ripped a triple to left-center scoring Jost and Brubacher. Freeborn scored on a double by Cooper, who was thrown out at third trying to stretch his hit into a triple.
Lindsborg closed the gap to 5-3 in the top of the fourth on a pair of singles and a successful squeeze bunt by Lindsborg’s Tyler Looney.
Hillsboro broke the game open in the sixth, scoring four more runs.
With one out, Hughbanks bunted for a base hit. Then Jeremy Hanes and Jared Fish both made it safely to first on consecutive Lindsborg errors.
After Walker’s sacrifice bunt moved Hanes and Fish to third and second, Jost singled to left to drive them in and advanced to second on the throw to the plate. Brubacher followed with an RBI single to center to drive in Jost with the final run.
Coming-Hillsboro is scheduled to end its regular season tonight with a doubleheader at home against Emporia. The doubleheader will begin at 6 p.m.
Hillsboro will host this year’s zone tournament July 25-29 at Tabor Field. Joining Hillsboro will be Lyons, Nickerson, Lindsborg and Hoisington. Hillsboro, seeded second, will open at 8:30 p.m., July 25 against No. 3 Lyons.
Hillsboro 9, Lindsborg 3
July 15, Tabor Field, Game 1
Lindsborg 2 0 0 1 0 0 0-3 5 4
Hillsboro (11-7) 1 0 4 0 0 4 x-9 9 3
Hillsboro pitching: Jamey Cooper (W) 7.0 innings, 27 AB, 6 K, 1 BB, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 HBP. Catcher: Kris Jones.
Hillsboro hitting (ab-r-h-rbi): Dustin Jost 3-3-2-1, Andy Brubacher 4-1-3-3, Kris Jones 4-0-0-0, Chase Freeborn 3-1-1-2, Jamey Cooper 3-0-1-1, Shawn Hughbanks 2-1-1-0, Graham Ratzlaff 2-0-0-0, Jeremy Hanes 1-1-0-0, Jared Fish 3-1-0-0, Ben Walker 1-2-1-0. Totals: 26-9-9-7. 3B: Freeborn. 2B: Cooper.
Hillsboro 12, Lindsborg 1
July 15, Tabor Field, Game 2
Lindsborg 1 0 0 0-1 0 5
Hillsboro (12-7) 1 6 5 x-12 7 2
Hillsboro pitching: Kris Jones (W) 4.0 innings, 15 AB, 4 K, 2 BB, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HBP. Catcher: Jamey Cooper.
Hillsboro hitting (ab-r-h-rbi): Dustin Jost 2-2-1-1, Andy Brubacher 2-3-1-0, Kris Jones 2-2-1-2, Chase Freeborn 2-1-2-3, Jamey Cooper 0-0-0-1, Shawn Hughbanks 3-0-1-1, Graham Ratzlaff 1-1-0-0, Jeremy Hanes 2-1-1-0, Ben Walker 1-2-0-0. Totals: 15-12-7-8. 2B: Hanes, Hughbanks.