Hillsboro baseball sweeps Nickerson

The Hillsboro baseball team combined a 13-strikeout performance from southpaw Jacob Edwards in Game 1 with a 17-hit attack in Game 2 to sweep a doubleheader at Nickerson last Tuesday, 9-2 and 13-1.

The two wins boosted Hills?boro?s record to 9-5 for the season.

Edwards allowed only four hits and one earned run for a seven-inning pitching jewel in the opener.

Meanwhile, his mates scored three runs in both the first and second innings to give him all the run support he would need. Tyler Ediger, Ben Gardner and Derek Kelsey each stroked run-scoring singles in the first inning.

Aaron Bina ripped a two-RBI double in the second, and Ediger followed with a single to bring him home in the second.

Hillsboro, aided by a pair of walks and a hit batter, added three more runs in the fourth inning on only two hits.

In Game 2, Dylan Delk delivered his best pitching performance of the season, scattering five hits and allowing no earned runs in the five inning, run-rule victory. He struck out three and walked no one.

The Trojans needed only five innings to pound out their 17 hits. Bina went 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the attack. Gardner was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and one run scored, Luke Moore was 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

?This may have been the best baseball we?ve played this season,? said coach Doug Dick. ?Our pitching was great, we hit well and we fielded well. I?m really pleased with the way we played.?

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to take on a tough Halstead team for two games at home Tuesday. The Trojans will play a doubleheader at Marion Friday, starting at 4:30 p.m.

The regular season is scheduled to conclude Tuesday with a home doubleheader against Haven starting at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Field.

Regional play begins May 17 at Southeast of Saline. In addition to the Trojans and the host school, the field includes Council Grove, Halstead, Marion and Sedgwick.

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