HHS softball wins two at Inman

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Hillsboro softball team exploded for 10 runs in the top of the seventh inning of Game 2 on the way to a pair of 15-5 road wins over Inman Monday.

The Trojans and Teutons were locked in a close 5-4 struggle as Hillsboro stepped to the plate in the seventh.

Leadoff hitter Danielle Goossen reached on an error, which set the tone for the 10-run inning. Inman committed four errors to go with six Hillsboro hits.

Prior to that inning, the Trojans had been stymied on two hits. After scoring a run with the help of two errors in the opening, Hillsboro didn’t score again until the fifth inning-with the help of two Inman errors.

The Teutons still led 4-2 at that point, but Hillsboro pushed across three runs on only one hit in the sixth to take the 5-4 lead.

Marissa Diener (6-2) went the distance for the Trojans, giving up seven hits and walking three while striking out seven. She also added two hits in five at-bats, drove in two runs and scored three times.

Erin Wiebe went 2-for-4 with a run batted in and two runs scored.

In the opener, the Teutons roughed up Hillsboro starter Laura Lindsay for four run in the first two innings.

Hillsboro scored two runs in the first inning, then tied the game with two more runs in the top of the third.

The Trojans took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth inning. Sara Hamm’s two-run double was the biggest of three hits in the inning.

Hillsboro extended its 7-4 lead with a run in the fifth, three in the sixth and four in the seventh.

Inman scored a meaningless run in the bottom of the sixth for the final 10-run margin.

Lindsay (6-1) earned the victory even though Diener relieved her in the fourth inning. The sophomore struck out six during her three innings. She also gave up four hits and walked five.

Diener struck out three, walked two and gave up three hits in four innings of relief.

Emily Ratzlaff slapped five hits in six at-bats and drove in four runs to pace Hillsboro’s attack. Diener went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Hamm went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three runs driven in.

With the sweep, Hillsboro improved its record record to 12-4 for the season.

Coming-The Trojans were scheduled to turn right around Tuesday and close out their regular season with a doubleheader at home against Moundridge.

Hillsboro will get six days off after the Moundridge games before regionals begin May 17 at Southeast of Saline.

In addition to Hillsboro and the host team, that field will include Northern Heights, Mission Valley, Lyons and Marion.

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