Hillsboro’s softball team exploded for seven hits and 14 runs in the top of the fourth inning to claim the second game of a doubleheader at Hesston on Friday, 19-6.
Hesston squeezed past Hillsboro in the opener, 10-8, giving the Trojans a 2-15 record for the season.
The Swathers led 4-3 in the second game before the Trojans’ launched their largest scoring burst of the season. Hesston contributed five walks, two hit batters and four errors to augment Hillsboro’s seven base hits.
Pitcher Taylor Helmer ended the game after five innings, having allowed six runs on 11 hits.
In the first game, Hillsboro built a 3-2 lead through three innings. But the outcome turned in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Swathers rallied for six runs on four hits.
Hillsboro came within one run of the home team with four runs in the top of the fifth, but Hesston hung on to claim the two-run victory.
Halstead—Hillsboro broke out of a scoring drought in Game 2 that had the Trojans scoring a total of eight runs over their past seven games. But Hillsboro’s six-run outburst against Halstead wasn’t enough to secure a victory.
The visiting Dragons erupted for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to win the nightcap, 16-6. Halstead won the opener, 11-1, in a game that ended by run-rule after five innings.
The doubleheader sweep dropped Hillsboro’s record to 1-12 for the season.
The Trojans managed only seven base hits for the day. Hillsboro’s run in Game 1 came on a leadoff walk to Sarah Jost, a sacrifice bunt by Taylor Helmer and a single by Sam Moss—one of five Hillsboro hits in the game.
That the Trojans scored six runs on only two hits in the second game was largely the result of Dragon pitching. Hillsboro benefited from three walks, multiple wild pitches, a hit batter and three Dragon errors in the first three innings.
The Trojans didn’t manage a base hit until Moss singled in the fourth inning. Cheyenne Bernhardt added a single in the bottom of the seventh.
Despite their struggle at the plate, the Trojans were still in contention through four innings with a 9-6 deficit.
Hillsboro hurler Taylor Helmer shut out Halstead in the fifth and sixth innings, but the dam burst in the top of the seventh when the Dragons scored seven runs with only two base hits. Two hit batters and two Trojan errors contributed to the rally.
Coming—Hillsboro was scheduled to complete its regular season Tuesday at Lindsborg with a doubleheader against Smoky Valley.