Lady Trojans notch doublheader sweep
If the Hillsboro High School softball team can keep averaging 11.5 runs per game this season, they won't often lose.
An 11-run scoring binge in the first game of a Friday doubleheader against Wichita Collegiate led to a five-run victory.
The Trojans were at it again in game two, hammering the Spartans 12-4.
Jenesa Klose (2-0) picked up both victories on the mound for the Trojans, who are now 2-0 on the season.
The pitcher helped herself out in game one, recording an RBI-single in the second inning, knocking in Steph Abbott for the 1-0 lead.
The Spartans jumped on Klose in the third however, recording four runs on four hits, and Collegiate led by three.
Hillsboro came back in the bottom of the inning with an RBI-single from Abbott and an RBI-double from Briana Loewen, to cut the lead to 4-3.
Trailing by the same score in the bottom of the fifth, the Trojans tacked on three runs, including an Abbott RBI-double, for a 6-4 lead.
Klose kept the Spartans off the scoreboard for the third straight inning in the sixth, and the Trojans' bats came alive in the bottom of the inning.
Loewen knocked in her second run of the game with a single, and Abbott recorded her fourth hit and third RBI with a single as well.
But it was shortstop Amanda Bina's two-run home run that highlighted the inning.
The Spartans scored two in the sixth, but it was too late, as the Trojans held on, 11-6.
It was more of the same in game two for Hillsboro, but this time they didn't wait for the third inning to start the scoring.
After Klose set down Collegiate 1-2-3 in the top half of the inning, Hillsboro scored three in the bottom half to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
It was 9-0 in the top of the fifth inning before the Spartans got on the board.
Two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings gave Collegiate four for the game, but Hillsboro scored two in the fifth, and one in the sixth, leaving the second as the only inning without a run.
Bina's bat was hot again for Hillsboro as she recorded a double and a triple — the team's only extra base hits.
Abbott had two more RBIs in the game, and Diane Sanders knocked one in as well.
The Trojans played Nickerson Tuesday, and will be on the field again Thursday when they travel to Marion to take on the rival Warriors.