Sophomore Julie Sinclair pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the Hillsboro softball team to an 8-0 victory and sweep of its doubleheader Friday at King?man.
Combined with a 13-2 victory in Game 1, the Trojans are now 5-1 for the season.
Following a five-inning run-rule performance in Game 1, the Trojans struggled to score early in Game 2. But a Bradli Nowak double with one out in the fourth inning sparked a six-run burst that put the game firmly in Hillsboro?s control.
Madison Klein drove in Nowak with a single, then Sinclair doubled to score Klein. Emily Jost contributed a single and Kennedy Lucero a double to fuel the fire.
The Trojans scored their final two runs in the seventh inning when Danae Bina led off with her fifth home run of the season, Nowak doubled and Sinclair brought her home with a sacrifice fly.
On the mound, Sinclair struck eight Eagles while walking one to pick up her second win of the season.
In the opener, the Trojans jumped in front with a five-run first inning and were never threatened. They pushed the lead to 8-0 in the second before Kingman scored its only two runs of the contest.
Tena Loe?wen, batting leadoff for the first time this season, went 3-for-3 with four runs scored to pace the Trojans. No. 2 hitter Allison Weber went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Another first for Loewen was stepping in at pitcher. It was the senior?s first appearance on the mound since her sophomore year. She sat out her junior year with a knee injury. Loewen (1-0) allowed one hit and walked three in 31?3 innings before Weber came in to clean up.
?Our intention is to use Tena for relief if needed,? coach Stephanie Sinclair said. ?It was a good game to give her time on the mound.
?I also want other opponents to understand that we have options, and that we can mix it up. Allison will be our No. 1 pitcher, but it is nice to have Julie and Tena ready to throw.?
Overall, the Trojan coach was most pleased with her team?s defense.
?Against Kingman, our defense was sharp,? she said. ?We were able to throw out some runners at second?Madison Klein catching, Danae with the tags?and also catch runners off base.
?Emily and Tena made diving catches in the outfield to boost their confidence. Those were catches I knew they could make.?
Coming?Looking at a six-game week, Hillsboro was schedule to play a doubleheader at Sterling on Tuesday, then will host a makeup twin bill with Smoky Valley Thursday before traveling to Canton-Galva for two Friday.