The Hillsboro varsity softball team had a record of 11-6 heading into today’s game at DeSoto after splitting a pair of games the last few days. On Friday, the Hawks defeated Union 13-8, and then dropped a 12-8 decision to Incarnate Word Academy.
At Union on Friday, Hillsboro used a six run fourth inning to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 7-3 lead. In that inning, a Julz Johnson two run single was sandwiched between two two-run errors that put the Hawks in the lead for good. The closest the Wildcats would get after that was 8-5 after five innings. Hillsboro scored five runs in the seventh to put the game away.
It was a big day for Johnson as she went three-for-three with five RBI. She hit a home run in the top of the seventh, and a lead off triple in the sixth. Ryleigh Hindle went two-for-four with two RBI. Amber Cage accounted for Hillsboro’s first run with a homer in the top of the second. Bailey Shuman was one-for-four with three RBI, and Alanah Dunphy and Alex Wick also had hits for the Hawks.
Wick was the winning pitcher, going all seven innings allowing 11 hits, while striking out eight and walking two.
Monday, the Hawks made a feverish comeback in the seventh inning at home against Incarnate Word to try to erase a 12-2 deficit, but fell four runs short.
It wasn’t a good day defensively as Hillsboro committed four errors. Wick also had command problems in the circle, walking ten. She did strike out seven. But the Hillsboro bats really couldn’t muster a timely hit until the final frame.
The Hawks managed a run in the first to take a brief lead thanks to a two-out home run by Ellie Bartlett. By the time Hillsboro scored its next run in the fourth, it was 9-2 Incarnate Word. Down 12-2 in the final inning, HHS got RBI hits from Dunphy (single), Wick (single), and a three run triple by Shuman, but she was left stranded when the final out was recorded.
Hillsboro did produce 12 hits, led by Wick’s three hit, one RBI performance. Nine other players had single tallies…Shuman, Lauren Lalk, Bartlett, Cage, Kora King, Dunphy, Nicole Evans, Hindle, and Maya LaPlante. Lalk’s hit was a double.
Hillsboro is battling DeSoto today. We’ll have a report on the contest soon.