The Hillsboro JV baseball team had a case of “the Mondays” on Monday, but came back to experience a great Tuesday. On Monday, the Hawks dropped a 9-3 decision to Farmington. But Tuesday, Hillsboro shut out Potosi as Eli Epley and Zach Schneider combined for a no-hitter. The Hawks are 4-4 pending the completion of the postponed Parkway South game from last week.
Monday against Farmington, Hillsboro was playing catch up all day. “It was a tough day for us,” said coach Chris Grewe. “We played fine the first few innings, but we just could not get it going after the third inning. It was just one of those days at the ball park.”
The Hawks held a brief lead when they scored a run in the first. Connor Jenkins was hit by a pitch, and Noah Shuman singled. Jenkins would score when Jase Stewart singled to left to put Hillsboro on top.
But the Knights would score two in the first, and one in the second to take a 3-1 lead. The Hawks came back to tie it in the third inning. An RBI double by Epley scored Shuman who had walked, and then Kyle Cozort singled to score Epley, and it was 3-3. But Farmington came back with three in the bottom of the third, and then two in the fifth, and another in the sixth to take the 9-3 victory.
“We had some bright spots,” Grewe pointed out. “Connor Jenkins was two-for-three and was hit by a pitch. Noah Shuman was one-for-two with two walks. Jase Stewart threw out two runners trying to steal. In the end, we made some costly mistakes to ultimately hurt us, but this team is resilient, and I am expecting a bounce back from them when we take on Potosi.”
Coach Grewe was pretty prophetic as the Hawks rebounded in a big way Tuesday against Potosi. The offense hit directly from the start, scoring four runs in the first, and four in the second. Gabe King led off with a double. After a strikeout, Shuman was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Epley singled to score both runners to give Hillsboro a 2-0 lead. Cozort followed with a double that advanced Epley to third. Schneider walked to load the bases, and then two runs scored when Zach Whaley‘s grounder was misplayed by the second baseman.
In the second inning, King started it again with a single. Jenkins reached on an error, and Shuman drove home King with a base hit. Stewart walked and Griffin Smith came in to run for him. Epley had an infield single that allowed two runs to score, and then Cozort reached on an error that scored another run to make it 8-0.
Meanwhile, Epley was completely dominant on the mound. He went four innings blanking the Trojans on no hits and six strikeouts. The only runner he allowed was one on a hit by pitch. Schneider came into the game to pitch in the fifth, and struck out one while walking one to complete the no-hitter. “Epley was very sharp,” said Grewe. “Epley has pitched well this year. We played tight defense behind both pitchers. Overall, it was a great game for us. I am happy the way these young men came out after a tough one the night before. We get our chance to play Farmington again next Wednesday.”
King and Epley had two hits, while Shuman, Cozort, and Whaley also hit safely for the Hawks.