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Hillsboro team is going to state

Hillsboro Senior Babe Ruth baseball team combined good hitting and pitching to earn a trip to state tournament.

Hillsboro won the district seven tournament this weekend in Marion.

The team beat Salina Aces, 7-4, in the first round Friday. They followed with two victories against Buhler to win the double-elimination tournament. Both games were called when Hillsboro led 12-2.

Manager Jordan Lago was pleased with the pitching. Tyler Ediger, Dylan Delk, and Adam Matz each pitched a complete game .

“The kids are swinging the bat well,” Lago said.

The hitting highlight of the tournament came in the second inning Sunday, when 16-year-old Rustyn Kerbs hit a solo home run over the right field fence. He said he didn’t realize it was a home run until he was rounding first base.

“That was my first one,” he said.

State tournament begins Friday in Independence. Hillsboro opens the double-elimination tournament at noon Friday against Marion, who won the district five tournament.

Hillsboro and Marion played in separate district tournaments because some districts had no Senior Babe Ruth teams.

Last modified July 22, 2009

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