Trojans blow out Warriors after two losses at Haven

Hillsboro rebounded from two disappointing losses earlier in the week with a pair of blowout wins Friday at Marion.

The Trojans topped the Warriors 16-1 in four innings in the opener and 17-0 in the second game in three innings.

Almost lost amid Hills?boro?s offensive production was an abbreviated perfect game thrown by pitcher Tena Loewen (2-2) in Game 2. The sophomore faced the minimum nine batters, striking out the first and last batters she faced.

Courtney Weber (12-2) scattered four hits in Game 1 with a pair of strikeouts. Marion scored its lone run of the night in the second inning when Shel?by Percell and JayDee Schafers started the inning with singles, Sarah Guetersloh moved them up on a sacrifice bunt, and then Percell scored on a ground out.

Hillsboro, meanwhile, pounded out 13 hits in each game. Stephanie Sanders went 5-for-6 for the day with seven runs batted in and six runs scored, Allie Faul was 6-for-8 with six RBIs and four runs scored. Sammy Koons was 5-for-7 with six RBIs and four runs scored.

?Tena and Courtney each threw great games,? coach Stephanie Sanders said. ?Allie Faul has continued a nice hitting streak for us. We would like to carry these errorless games into more.?

Raelene Allen pitched the first game for Marion while Megan Richmond pitched the nightcap.

Haven?Hillsboro twice put itself in position to win against the Wildcats, only to see victory slip away both times May 3 at Haven. It was the first time the Trojans have been swept in a doubleheader since Haven did it May 12, 2009.

In Game 1, Hillsboro rallied from an 8-6 deficit with three runs in the top of the seventh, only to see Haven score two runs in the bottom of the inning.

In the Trojan seventh, Stephanie Sanders reached on an error with one out, but Sammy Koons was caught looking at strike three for out No. 2.

After Danae Bina drew a walk to keep the game alive, Krista Reimer, Amy Bartel and Allie Faul followed with consecutive singles as Sanders, Bina and Reimer crossed the plate.

Now trailing 9-8, Haven?s lead-off batter reached on an error. After Ashton Chaffin singled off Tena Loewen (1-2), who came in to relieve Courtney Weber in the third inning, Hannah Jeffrey followed with a walk-off double to right-center that chased home both runners.

In Game 2, the Trojans were in position to avenge the opening loss, scoring four runs on two hits and four Haven errors in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead.

But Haven?s bats came alive in the bottom of the inning. Aided by three Trojan errors, the Wildcats erupted for four hits and seven runs, capped by a three-run home run by Chaffin.

Each team added a run in the fifth to make the score 9-7. After a scoreless sixth, Hillsboro came within a run of tying the game in the top of the seventh, aided by a Haven error that led to Faul scoring on a sacrifice fly by Bartel. But with two outs and the tying run at second in Reimer, who had singled prior to Bartel?s at-bat, Weber flied out to end the game.

?We just did not play well in most aspects of the game,? coach Stephanie Sinclair said as her team?s record fell to 12-4 after winning their previous 10 games.

?We did catch Haven in the first game, but they came out and hit the ball to win it. I give them credit for that and they also made some great defensive plays in the outfield.

?We have to cut out the errors on routine plays and get ahead in the count pitching.?

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to play Smoky Valley Tuesday in the final regular-season doubleheader.

The Class 3A regional tournament in Lyons is scheduled for May 16-19. Joining Hillsboro and Lyons in the field are Ellinwood/ Macksville, Ells?worth/Quivira Heights, South?east of Saline, Marion and Sterling.

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