Hillsboro came back from a 3-1 deficit with two runs in the fourth inning and three more runs in the fifth en route to a 6-4 win and a sweep of its doubleheader with Canton-Galva Thursday at Memorial Field.
The Trojans won Game 1, 10-0. With the sweep, HHS raised its season record to 6-4.
Singles by Aaron Bina and Ben Gardner, plus an outfield error accounted for Hillsboro?s two fourth-inning runs.
Then, with one out in the fifth, Luke Moore and Derek Kelsey walked and Bina reached on an error before Lucas Sinclair delivered the only base hit of the inning.
Canton-Galva rallied for a run in the top of the seventh when Jacob Dailey was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a single by Nathan Bray with two outs. But Dylan Delk struck out Taylor Myers to end the game.
Delk was awarded the win after pitching the final three innings in relief of Kale Arnold, who surrendered three runs on six hits in four innings of work while striking out six.
In Game 1, Luke Moore had his best pitching outing of the season, throwing a three-hit shutout at the Eagles. The junior allowed only three hits while walking one batter, striking out six and hitting two.
At the plate, Hillsboro scored three runs in the first inning off starter Taylor Koehn, who went the distance for the Eagles. The Trojans added three more runs in second, then broke open the game in the bottom of the sixth with four more runs, including a two-run home run by Ben Gard?ner, who went 4-for-4 for the game with a pair of singles and a triple.
?They were good wins, but I felt like our discipline that has made us successful at the plate was lacking and it showed with our lack of run production,? Hillsboro coach Doug Dick said.
?Our defense was better, but we gave up too many hits, and we are still needing to make changes in some areas.?
Dick said he was impressed with Canton-Galva.
?I thought Canton-Galva played very well both games, especially Game 2, where their pitcher Myers pitched as well as any pitcher we have seen this season,? he said.
?They are a well-coached team and I thought they made very few mistakes for a team searching for their first win.?
Pratt?Hillsboro lost a pair of heart-breakers in the bottom of the seventh inning at Pratt April 19 by scores of 4-3 and 10-9.
In Game 1, Hillsboro came back from a 2-0 deficit with a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Ben Gardner and Lucas Sinclair each supplied a run-scoring single in the sixth to give the Trojans a 3-2 lead.
The Greenbacks came back with a run off Gardner, who had come in to relieve starter Aaron Bina at the start of the inning. Gardner walked four of the five batters he faced before Dylan Delk got the third out of the inning.
The game ended when Pratt pitcher B.J. Dean led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk-off home run off Delk, who absorbed the loss.
Bina pitched a strong game in his no-decision, allowing only two earned runs on three hits in five full innings. He walked four.
?Bina pitched well in Game 1, and we played OK, but every physical error was costly,? coach Doug Dick said. ?Combine that with some mental mistakes and it adds up to a loss.?
In Game 2, Hillsboro exploded for seven runs in the third inning to claim a 7-2 lead. Contributing RBI hits were Luke Moore, Derek Kelsey, Bina, Lucas Sinclair, Delk and Kale Arnold.
But Pratt responded with seven runs in the bottom of the inning on three hits, four walks and two Trojan errors.
The Trojans came back with a single run in the fifth and one in the sixth inning to tie the game one more time at 9.
Pratt pieced together the winning run in the seventh on a single, passed ball and a single against Delk, who came in during the third inning to relieve starter Arnold, who absorbed the loss. Delk allowed only two hits and a run in 41?3 innings.
?It is very tough to lose anytime, but the fact that we had chances to win both games made it a longer trip back home,? Dick said. ?So far this season, our loses are due to beating ourselves. We are not making basic plays when we need to.
?If we can develop some mental toughness to go along with the things we are doing right, we could still have a great season rather than just a good season.?
Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to play a doubleheader Tuesday at Haven. On Friday, they are scheduled to take on Marion at Memorial Field. Game time is 4:30 p.m.