The Hillsboro softball team pushed its season record to 12-0 with a couple of run-rule victories Friday at home against Canton-Galva.
The final score in both games was 15-0. The first game went three innings, the second game four.
Offensively, Hillsboro?s first four hitters combined for a 19-for-23 performance for the day with 22 runs scored and 20 runs batted in.
Clean-up hitter Bradli Nowak contributed two home runs and three doubles while batting a perfect 6-for-6 with five runs scored and 10 RBIs. The junior has five homers this season.
On the mound, Julie Sinclair (6-0) threw a three-inning no-hitter in Game 1. She faced the minimum number of batters, striking out six of the nine Eagles she faced. Canton-Galva?s Erika Smith reached on an error in the game?s opening at-bat, but was thrown out trying to steal second.
In Game 2, Allison Weber (6-0) surrendered one hit?a single by Jennifer Likes to lead off the fourth inning. Weber walked one Eagle and struck out three.
Sterling?A six-run second inning carried the Trojans to a 9-4 win over Sterling and a sweep of their April 22 home doubleheader.
Hillsboro won the first game 12-1.
The visiting Black Bears scored a first-inning run off pitcher Julie Sinclair, but Shannon Heiser lit the fuse in the bottom of the second with a one-out single. Savan?nah Unruh then reached on an error, Kennedy Lucero was hit by a pitch and Allison Weber drew a walk.
Danae Bina followed with a two-run single, Nowak doubled in one run and Emily Jost delivered a two-run single to complete the six-run inning.
That was more than enough support for Sinclair (5-0), who threw a six-hit, seven-inning complete game. She struck out six Black Bears and only one of the four runs she allowed was earned.
In Game 1, Weber (5-0) throttled the Black Bears on three hits and four walks en route to a five-inning run-rule victory. She struck out six batters. Sterling scored its only run in the fifth on back-to-back doubles.
Meanwhile, the Trojan bats were relatively quiet at the start, scoring only three runs through the first three innings. But singles by Unruh, Lucero, Weber and Nowak in the fourth led to three more runs.
In the fifth, Madison Klein?s three-run double, followed by Nowak?s two-run home run, highlighted a six-run, game-ending offensive outburst.
?Allison pitched tough after getting hit with a line drive while she was the runner on third base,? coach Stephanie Sinclair said. ?She took a direct hit to the tricep, narrowly missing her elbow. She finished the game like nothing was wrong.?
Coming?Hillsboro will take its undefeated record to Pratt Friday for a key league matchup against the Green?backs.