HHS baseball, softball post first-round wins at state

The Hillsboro High baseball and softball teams claimed first-round wins in their respective state tournaments in Manhattan on Friday. The baseball team defeated Wellsville 11-0 in five innings while the softball team knocked off perennial contender Thomas More Prep 8-2.


In the baseball game, the Trojans jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and were never really threatened. Jacob Fish singled to lead off the game, Jacob Edwards followed with a single and Aaron Bina was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Fish scored on a Wellsville error on a ball hit by Tyler Ediger. Lucas Sinclair, pinch-running for Edwards, and Bina scored on a second error by the Eagles.

Three runs was more than enough for Edwards, who through a four-hit shutout and struck out seven in the run-rule victory.

The Trojans will play the No. 2 seed, Thomas More Prep, at 10 a.m. Saturday in the semifinals. If they win that game, the Trojans will play for the title at 5:30 p.m. If the Trojans lose to TMP, they will play for third at 3 p.m.


In the softball opener, the Trojans followed the boys? example by taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Tena Loewen scored Hillsboro?s first run on an error, and Courtney Weber followed later with a two-run bases-loaded single that drove home Stephanie Sanders and Krista Reimer, who had both singled earlier in the inning.

The three scores turned out to be enough for run support for Weber, but the Monarchs were in the game until late. TMP scored a run in the top of the second. Then Hillsboro responded with a run in the bottom of the inning on Sanders? second RBI hit of the game.

TMP scored again in the top of the third, but could have gotten more if Weber hadn?t got of a bases-loaded jam late in the inning by throwing her first strikeout of the game.

HHS expanded the lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs on a bloop single by — who else? — Sanders that scored Amy Bartel and Taylor Nikkel who had singled earlier in the inning.

Hillsboro made it 8-2 with two more runs in the sixth. Loewen scored on a single by Franny Gottsch and Sanders scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Reimer.

For the game, Sanders went 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Weber picked up the pitching victory, scattering eight hits over seven innings.

The Trojans (23-1) will play at 10 a.m. Saturday in the semifinals against No. 3 Riverton (21-1), a 4-3 winner over No. 6 St. Mary (19-4). If Hillsboro wins the semifinal contest, the Trojans will play for the state title at 1 p.m. If they lose in the semifinal, they will play for third at noon.

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