Trojan softball drops doubleheader to Haven

Unfortunately, the results of those games at the Sports Complex didn?t exactly build momentum for regional action this week.

Haven, who came into the game with a league-leading 15-2 record, proved it was for real with a 4-2, 6-1 sweep of the Trojans at the Sports Complex.

In Game 1, Hillsboro looked strong out of the gate, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Amanda Bina doubled to lead off, then Suzy Lindsay beat out a bunt for a single.

Jessica Klose followed with a ground out to third that enabled Bina to cross the plate. Lora Andrews then laid down a bunt that the Haven catcher threw past first base, bringing Lindsay home on the error.

Hillsboro?s 2-0 lead stood up only until the top of the next inning. After Jenesa Klose struck out the Wildcats? lead-off hitter, she walked Lindsay Doyle. Pitcher Erin Schmidt singled, setting up Caroline Bacon?s two-run double to center field.

Schmidt and Jenesa Klose took turns shutting down their opponents until the top of the sixth inning.

With one out, Klose surrendered back-to-back doubles to Hayley Hunsberger and Doyle. Schmidt then took matters into her own hands and stroked a single that brought both base runners home.

Schmidt ended up with a five-hitter. Bina was her chief nemesis, going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles.

Jenesa Klose gave up seven hits, walked three and hit a batter to go with four strikeouts.

In Game 2, Haven made the first move, scoring twice in the opening inning on singles by the Wildcats? first three hitters: Paula Stucky, Velda Miller and Rhendi Leiker.

Hillsboro countered with a run in the bottom of the inning when Bina ripped her third double of the afternoon and scored when pitcher Schmidt threw past first base on a bunt by Lind?say.

Hillsboro managed only three more hits the rest of the game against Schmidt, who struck out only two batters all day, but also never allowed a base on balls.

Haven added a third run in the third inning when Stucky tripled with one out and scored on ground out by Miller.

A double by Doyle and a single by Bacon led to a fourth run in the sixth before the Wildcats broke lose in the seventh for two runs on three hits, including two doubles, and a Trojan error.

Klose absorbed the loss, giving up 10 hits in the game and hitting a batter. She struck out three Wildcats and walked none.

Coming?Even though Haven proved to be the better team on this day, Hillsboro could take heart knowing that if they get a chance for a rematch, it would be in the Class 3A state tournament. Haven, 17-2, will be the top-seeded team at the Lyons regional, while the Trojans, at 10-6, are seeded No. 1 at Southeast of Saline.

The Trojans received a bye in Monday?s opening round. On Tuesday they were to meet the winner of Marion-Peabody (4-11) and Hesston (4-15).

The winner of that game would play for a state tournament berth against the winner of Herington (9-7) versus Southeast of Saline (7-9) or Wichita Collegiate (2-12).

The Class 3A state tournament will be played Friday and and Saturday at Manhattan.

Check the Free Press Web site for results of regional play at Southeast of Saline.