Trojan softball team suffers 0-4 week

Hillsboro put up little noticeable resistance during a doubleheader Friday at Kingman. The Eagles blanked the Trojans twice in run-rule games, 15-0 and 10-0.

The Trojans sent only 11 batters to the plate in a three-inning Game 1. King­man blew the game open in the bottom of the first with a 10-run explosion against Trojan left-hander Taylor Helmer.

After a scoreless second inning—the only inning Kingman didn’t score during the twinbill— the Eagles ended the game with a five-run third inning, combining two walks, a sacrifice bunt, two hits and back-to-back Trojan errors.

Hillsboro showed a dash more competitiveness in Game 2, pushing the run-rule ending to five innings, generating four hits and committing only three errors.

Trojan leadoff hitter Sarah Jost managed two hits in Game 2, giving her three for the day in five official at-bats. The rest of the lineup combined for a total of two hits for the day. With the sweep, the Trojan record slipped to 1-12.

Lyons—The Trojans struggled to contain the hometown Lions, losing 14-4 and 13-3 in a pair of five-inning run-rule games April 25.

Pitcher Taylor Helmer gave up only six hits in Game 1, but also issued 12 walks. Lyons took charge from the start, setting the Trojans down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, then scored five runs in the home half.

Hillsboro’s best inning came in the top of the fifth, when the Trojans scored two runs on four hits. Sarah Jost singled with one out, Helmer singled after a fly out, and Samantha Moss drove both runners home with a single. Ava Weisbeck added the fourth hit.

Game 2 remained competitive longer. After Hillsboro went down in order in the first inning, Lyons scored twice in the home half. The Trojans rallied to tie the game at 2-2 with a single by Weisbeck, a Lyons error and a run-scoring double by Kylee Martin that brought them both home.

The Trojans took a 3-2 lead in the third inning when Cheyenne Bernhardt reached first, Helmer doubled and Moss chased home Bernhardt with a single.

But Lyons stepped up, taking control with two runs in the bottom of the third, four runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the fifth for the run-rule finish.

Coming—The Trojans will try to right the ship this week when they host Halstead Tuesday, then travel to Hesston Friday.