Hillsboro’s softball team was roughed up Friday by a hitting machine going by the name of Kingman Eagles.
The Eagles made short work of both games, winning Game 1 in three innings by a score of 23-1 and winning Game 2, 13-2, in five innings.
From the start of Game 1, Kingman hitters jumped on Trojan pitcher Taylor Helmer for 11 hits and 13 runs in the first inning.
Cheyenne Bernhardt pitched the second inning and was only slightly more successful, giving up 10 runs on five hits—including an over-the-fence home run by Carlie Kelley—a walk and three team errors in the field.
The Eagles put in their substitutes for the third inning. Helmer re-entered as pitcher and limited the visitors to four at-bats, which ended game with the 15-run rule.
Hillsboro scored its lone run in second inning when Kylee Martin reached on an error and came home on a single by Trinity Marler Bisbee.
Helmer started Game 2. Kingman manufactured 13 runs on only five hits, eight walks and two Trojan fielding errors.
Marler Bisbee tripled to lead off the third inning and scored on a groundout by Tuesday Weisbeck.
Hillsboro’s other run came on an RBI single by Marler Bisbee, scoring Ava Weisbeck. For the day, Marler Bisbee went 3-for-3 at the plate.
LYONS—Hillsboro split their April 24 home doubleheader with the Lions, winning the first game, 8-5, in come-from-behind fashion, then dropping a 5-2 decision in the nightcap.
The Game 1 victory gave coach Stephanie Sinclair her 200th win since stepping in as head coach in 2006. Hillsboro’s season record is 5-6.
The opener was tight from the start. Neither team scored for the first three innings. But in the top of the fourth, the Lions combined two singles with a Trojan error to score two runs, than added a third run on another error.
Hillsboro countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Taylor Helmer, walked, Sam Moss singled, Ava Weisbeck reached on an error to load the bases. Kylee Martin and Tuesday Weisbeck hit back-to-back RBI singles to pull within one run.
Lyons scored a fourth run in the fifth inning for a 4-2 lead that stood through a scoreless fifth inning.
After being held in check by Lyons pitcher Emily Robl, the Trojans suddenly discovered their hitting skills. Moss led off with a triple, Ava Weisbeck walked, Martin singled to drive in two runs. Two Lyons errors and a double by Cheyenne Bernhardt led to four more runs and an 8-4 Trojan lead. The visitors added a run in the top of the seventh and had two runners on base before Helmer retired the side with a three-run lead.
Helmer (3-3) earned the pitching win. She surrendered 12 hits and five runs, but only two runs were earned.
Dani Klein contributed three hits in three at-bats, scoring once and driving in a run. Ava Weisbeck and Elli Weisbeck each had two hits.
Game 2 turned into a pitching duel between Hillsboro’s Bernhardt and Lyons’ Robl. The Trojans banged out 10 hits against Robl, but could not score more than a single run in both the third and fifth innings.
Meanwhile, Lyons touched Bernhardt (2-3) for one unearned run in the first inning, two runs in the third inning and one run in the fifth and sixth innings for the 5-2 win.
Dani Klein led Hillsboro three hits—including a double—in four at-bats and scored twice. Sarah Jost and Ava Weisbeck each had two hits in four at-bats.
Coming—Hillsboro’s 1-3 week gives the Trojans a 5-8 record for the season. The Trojans are scheduled to play a doubleheader at Halstead May 1, then will host Hesston May 4 at the Sports Complex.