The Hillsboro junior varsity softball team lost two straight games a couple of weeks back. Since then, they’ve been on a tear. The team has won five straight games, and done so in convincing fashion to up their season record to 8-2.
After defeating St. Pius, 20-9 on September 17, the Hawks kept the run machine going on September 24, defeating DeSoto 24-4. In that game, the Hawks scored in every inning and collected 20 hits. Nine of those hits were doubles, three of them coming from Kaitlyn Hindle. Hindle went four-for-four with seven RBIs. Sara Stokes added four hits as well, driving in three, and Cassidy Herget threw a two hitter in the circle, striking out six.
Mackenzie Churchill said, “We have watched each other in the cages before games, and given tips on what we can do better with our swings. That has resulted in the ball being put in play more. In addition, everyone has been very aggressive on the base paths.” Taylor Griffin added, “We work hard and put our minds in a positive mindset, and work through our errors.”
The next day, the Hawks had no trouble with North County, beating the Raiders, 16-1. Ashlynn Dean went three-for-three with two RBI and two doubles. Stokes added two hits including a triple, and the team went “doubles crazy” again with six, giving them 15 in two straight games. Kora King was masterful in the circle, giving up just one hit, one unearned run, striking out five and walking no one in five innings.
Hillsboro can win close games as well. Last Friday, the Hawks edged Fox, 3-0. The game was scoreless until the fifth when Herget drove home a run with a single, and the Hawks also scored on an error. The third run was added in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by King. The team was actually outhit 9-6. HHS got production from the lower part of the lineup with Leya Pogue collecting two hits and a double, while Isa Hoban also went two-for-three. King, again, was awesome pitching, throwing a shutout while striking out eight and walking no one. She scattered nine hits.
Finally, yesterday, it was Herget’s turn to “have a day.” In defeating Jefferson, Herget went two-for-three with seven RBI. She had a bases clearing double in the bottom of the first inning, and then a grand slam home run in the fourth. She also threw a two hitter from the pitcher’s circle, striking out two and walking two. Griffin added two hits as well for the Hawks.