Hillsboro bats power doubleheader sweep

Ben Gardner drove in six runs with a three-run double and three-run home run as Hills?boro clubbed Lyons 18-0 in three innings to complete a sweep of its doubleheader Tuesday at Lyons.

In a much different story line, the Trojans came from behind to win Game 1, 8-6. The two wins boosted Hillsboro?s record to 4-2.

In the opener, Hillsboro led 4-0 after its first two turns at the plate. Aaron Bina, who went 4-for-4 in the game, drove in a run in both innings.

Lyons rallied to tie the game with a run in the second and three in the third, then tied it again at 5-5 when each team scored once in the fourth inning.

Lyons took the lead briefly with a run in the fifth. But Hills?boro bounced back with two runs in its next at-bat.

Lucas Sinclair drove home Bina with a single, then scored what turned out to be the winning run on a single by Dylan Delk.

The Trojans added an insurance run in the seventh on a double by Derek Kelsey and Bina?s fourth hit of the game.

Starting pitcher Luke Moore lasted four innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on eight hits and one walk.

Gardner (1-0) took over in the fifth and earned the victory by limiting the Lions to one unearned run on one hit and three walks over three innings. He struck out two.

Coach Doug Dick was glad to get the win, but felt it should have come easier.

?We?re still struggling a little bit to play a good first game,? he said. ?The biggest thing was we left like 14 runners on base. We were hitting the ball and getting guys on base, but we couldn?t score once we got people in scoring position.?

?(The game) wasn?t as close as it seemed,? he added. ?I?was never really worried that we weren?t going to score some runs.?

The Trojans had no trouble driving in runs in Game 2. Fueled by Gardner?s bat, Hills?boro scored six times in the first inning, then exploded for 11 more runs in the second inning.

Bina completed a 6-for-6 day with a double and triple for three RBIs and three runs scored.

As a team, Hillsboro knocked out 15 hits and drew three walks to secure the team?s first doubleheader sweep of the season.

?Offensively, we were a machine in the second game,? Dick said. ?They did have a couple of errors, but it was because balls were hit so hard.?

In addition to contribution with the bat, Bina starred on the mound in this game. The all-league catcher allowed only three hits while striking out five Lions in his first start as a pitcher this season.

Coming?Weather forced the postponement Friday of a doubleheader with Halstead. Those games had not been rescheduled at press time. This week, Hillsboro was scheduled to play Tuesday at Pratt, then are scheduled to play Canton-Galva at Memorial Field Thursday.

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