Trojans sweep Spartans
The Hillsboro High School softball team won both games of its doubleheader Thursday against Wichita Collegiate in Hillsboro.
In both games, the Trojan offense was more productive than a factory assembly line.
Hillsboro won the first game, 18-8, winning on a 10-run rule in the sixth inning.
The Spartans were actually leading the game 2-1 after two innings, but Hillsboro right fielder Krista Reimer blew the game open with the first home run blast of her career.
“Your confidence goes up a lot,” Reimer said of her emotions after the home run.
Reimer’s shot started a 10-run third inning for Hillsboro.
“It got everybody to relax and hit,” Head Softball Coach Stephanie Sanders said of Reimer’s home run.
Hillsboro catcher Allie Faul also had a home run in the game, which was the first of her young softball career. Although Faul is a junior, this is her first year playing for the Trojan softball team.
Taylor Nikkel also had a good game with the bat, going 4-4 and a triple away from the cycle. She scored three runs and notched an RBI on her home run.
Franny Gottsch started on the mound for the Trojans and was the winning Hillsboro pitcher for the first game.
Hillsboro won the nightcap, 14-4, also by the 10-run rule in the sixth inning.
The Trojans spared no time in continuing their robust offensive output from the first game. Amy Bartel and Stephanie Sanders scored in the first inning; Bartel off a passed ball and Sanders on a Tena Loewen RBI single.
Hillsboro scored five runs in the second inning. Courtney Weber, Erin Loewen, Faul, Nikkel, and Sanders all scored in the inning. Sanders knocked in two runs with a single.
The Trojans were held scoreless for two innings until Nikkel hit a triple with the bases loaded in the fifth to score three runs.
Hillsboro finished off the Spartans with a four-run sixth inning. Reimer hit a two-run double to score Sanders and Lexie Kruse to end the game.
“I felt comfortable coming into the game that we were going to be strong offensively,” Sinclair said.
Courtney Weber pitched a complete game in a winning effort in the second game. Sinclair also praised her defensive work off the mound.
“I felt like Courtney did a really good job pitching,” Sinclair said.
Although Sinclair feels the Trojans have more work to do defensively, she did praise the efforts of second-game second baseman Tena Loewen. On one particular play, a line drive glanced off Kruse’s glove at first and Loewen — while swiftly moving from her position at second — caught the ball, on the fly, up the first baseline and threw out the runner at first.
“Tena Loewen covered some ground,” Sinclair said.
Nikkel: 4-4 HR, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB
Bartel: 1-2, R, 1B
Christina Morris: 1-1 R, 2B
Stephanie Sanders: 2-3, 2B, R, SB, BB
Gotsch: 2-2 SB, 1B, 2B,
Fisher: 0-0 SAC, RBI
Sammy Koons: 2-4, 2 R, SB, 3B, 1B
Reimer: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, SB, 1B
Tara Heinrichs: 0-2
Dianne Sanders: 0-1
Weber: 1-2, 1 R, 1B
Faul: 1-3, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Nikkel: 2-3 1R, SB, 3B, 1B
Bartel: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 SB
S. Sanders: 4-4, 3B, 3 1B, 3 SB, 4 R
T. Loewen: 3-3, 3 1B, SB, 1 R
Reimer: 1-4, 2B, R
Weber: 0-2, SAC
Erin Loewen: 2-2, 2 1B, 2 R
Faul: 2-4, 2 1B, 2 R
Last modified April 7, 2010