Defense proved to be the difference in Hillsboro?s 9-2, 8-3 softball sweep at Lyons Tuesday.
The wins improved the Trojans? season record to 8-2.
Pitcher Courtney Weber allowed only nine hits for the day, including a two-hitter in Game 1. The defense backed her by committing only four errors compared to seven miscues for the home team.
Four of Lyons? errors came in the fourth inning of Game 1, transforming a 1-0 pitching duel between Weber and Kelly Buck?man into a 7-0 Trojan takeover. Hills?boro needed only three legitimate base hits to fuel the six-run uprising.
Weber kept the shutout going until the bottom of the seventh, when a Trojan error contributed to Lyons? two runs. Weber finished with four strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Krista Reimer and Amy Bartel led the Trojan effort on offense, each with three hits in four at-bats.
In Game 2, Hillsboro managed to push across at least one run in each of the first four innings to build a 5-2 lead.
Meanwhile, a double play in the bottom of the third inning with the bases loaded killed a Lyons rally. Shortstop Tena Loewen snagged a line drive off the bat of Buck?man, then doubled off the runner at third base.
?That was huge,? coach Stephanie Sinclair said. ?They easily could have scored some runs that inning, but no outs turned into two outs.?
In the fifth, catcher Allie Faul picked off a Lyons baserunner at first base as second baseman Stephanie Sanders slipped in from behind to snag the throw and make the put-out.
?This was key because we did not have any outs at the time,? Sinclair said. ?We really caught Lyons off guard.?
With Hillsboro nursing a tenuous 5-3 lead through five innings, the Trojans took control with a three-run sixth. Singles by Taylor Nikkel, Loewen, Sanders and Sammy Koons fueled the surge.
Loewen batted 3-for-3 for the game while Koons went 2-for-2, including a solo home run in the second inning.
Weber went the distance on the mound, scattering seven hits and walking three batters while striking out two as she raised her season record to 8-1.
Coming?Weather forced the postponement Friday of a home doubleheader with Halstead. Those games have rescheduled for Thursday.
Hillsboro has no games scheduled for this week, but will return to action Tuesday, April 26, when the Trojans host Sterling at the Sports Complex.