HHS softball sweeps Canton-Galva



Hillsboro rolled to a couple of run-rule victories Friday against Canton-Galva at Galva.

The Trojans followed an 18-0 four-inning win with an 11-1 conquest in five innings to improve to 9-1 for the season.

In the opener, pitcher Allison Weber limited the Eagles to one hit?a single by Jennifer Likes in the bottom of the fourth. Weber struck out six batters and walked one to improve to 4-1.

Meanwhile, the Trojans roughed up Eagle starter Han?nah O?Neil for 12 hits, including Madison Klein?s first over-the fence home run of her career. She drove in four runs for the game.

Julie Sinclair, Emily Jost and Kennedy Lucero each contributed three hits.

In Game 2, Sinclair took the mound and improved to 5-0 for the year with a four-hitter. The Eagles scored their lone run of the day when O?Neil reached on an error in the fifth inning and eventually scored on a two-out single by James.

At the plate, the sophomore foursome of Jost, Klein, Weber and Sinclair each contributed two hits to Hillsboro?s 12-hit attack.

?Our pitchers were challenged to not give up any hits, and the defense worked hard to turn some double plays,? coach Stephanie Sinclair said about the games. ?We could also work on some base-running situations. I could also see a few places we need to work on with bunting.?

Sterling?Hillsboro combined a three-hit shutout by Allison Weber in the opener and a four-run burst at the start of Game 2 to fuel a 3-0, 9-4 sweep last Tues?day at Sterling.

Battling a cold wind almost as much as each other, the two teams settled into a pitching duel in Game 1 featuring Weber and Sterling?s Dani Dowell.

The Trojans claimed what turned out to be a huge advantage at the start, scoring two runs in their opening at bat.

Tena Loewen led off with a single, Weber sacrificed her to second, and Danae Bina drove her in with a single. Bina scored following a sacrifice bunt by Bradli Nowak and a two-out single by Madison Klein.

That was plenty of run support for Weber (3-1), who faced only 28 batters in seven innings. Her biggest challenge came in the second, when she walked three Black Bears to load the bases with only one out. But the sophomore ace escaped harm with a couple of ground outs.

Hillsboro managed only six hits off Dowell, with Loewen and Klein each getting two.

?I really wanted to hit more off of Dowell in Game 1,? coach Stephanie Sinclair said. ?The wind was blowing into the first base dugout, and we popped up more to right (field) and first or foul than I would have liked.?

In Game 2, the Trojans needed only two hits to take a 4-0 led in the first inning. A walk, two hit batters and an error helped the cause. The big hit was Klein?s two-run single.

Julie Sinclair (4-0) pitched the first four inning to earn the win. With the score 5-2, Weber took the mound for the final three innings.

Klein swung the hottest bat on this cold day, going 4-for-7 with four runs batted in.

Coming?With next Tuesday off, the Trojans return to action Friday when they host Pratt. The following Tuesday they are scheduled to host Haven in a key matchup of Central Kansas League title contenders.




















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