HHS win streak grows to 10 with sweep

Hillsboro pitcher Courtney Weber waits for a late throw as Sterling?s Hannah Splitter scores in the first inning of Game 1 on an errant pitch. HHS went on to win the game, 15-2.

Hillsboro pitcher Courtney Weber waits for a late throw as Sterling?s Hannah Splitter scores in the first inning of Game 1 on an errant pitch. HHS went on to win the game, 15-2.

Hillsboro pitchers limited Sterling to four hits for the day while the offense knocked in 22 runs on 24 hits to give the Trojans a comfortable sweep Tuesday at the Sports Complex.

The 15-2 and 7-1 victories stretched Hillsboro?s win streak to 10 straight games and its season record to 12-2.

After Sterling scored two unearned runs in the first inning of Game 1, Hillsboro teed off on Sterling pitcher Dani Dowell for 10 runs on 10 hits in the first two innings.

?We wanted to jump out early on Sterling,? coach Stephanie Sinclair said. ?We knew their defense could be good, but we wanted to get them down early. We accomplished this with a nice string of seven doubles in the first game.?

Eight of nine Trojans in the lineup got at least one base hit, with Stephanie Sanders leading the pack with a 4-for-4 game, including two doubles and a run batted in. Krista Reimer went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Danae Bina drove in four runs with two doubles in three at-bats.

While Hillsboro?s bats were rattling, Trojan ace Courtney Weber (11-1) dominated the Black Bears from the mound, limiting them to one base hit while striking out seven in the five-inning contest that ended by run rule.

The light rain that began falling in Game 2 seemed to cool the rapid fire of Hillsboro?s bats, but not its power. Four of the team?s eight hits went for extra bases, including a lead-off home run by Taylor Nikkel in the first inning.

A lead-off double by Reimer and a two-run triple with two outs by Tena Loewen contributed to a four-hit, four-run second inning.

Reimer went 3-for-3 in the game to complete a 5-for-6 day at the plate.

Loewen, making only her third pitching start this season, limited Sterling to three hits over seven innings and would have gotten the shutout except for two Trojan errors that led to the Black Bear?s run in the top of the fourth. The sophomore struck out six and walked four to even her record to 1-1.

?Tena continues to work on pitching and threw a nice game considering the conditions,? Sinclair said. ?Our defense played OK behind her, we just want to cut down on the unforced errors.?

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to play a doubleheader at Haven Tuesday, then will travel to Marion Friday for a twinbill with the Warriors.

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