Haven’s season-long winning streak ended Tuesday night when they split a doubleheader with Hillboro. The Wildcats fell to 15-1 while the Trojans are at 14-2.
It was Haven that won the first game 6-3.
“I think we played really well,” head coach Darin Ashworth said. “To beat Hillsboro on their field, I just think they’re so well-coached, fantastic team. And they have some really nice players and so to win, to play like that against them is very satisfying.”
All six of the Wildcat’s runs came in the first inning. Allison Weber struggled on the mound early. A Katie Shrag three-run home run made to 4-0. The Wildcat’s would tack on one more run before Julie Sinclair came in to pitch. One more run would cross off of a Regina Reese RBI single to make it 6-0.
“Obviously, a big inning to set the tone,” Ashworth said.
Madison Klein and Julie Sinclair would each drive in a run in the first and second innings, respectively to make it 6-2 at the bottom of the second, but that would be all the scoring for the rest of the game.
Kylee Davis was able to slow down Hillsboro’s bats with her pitching that and great play in the outfield by Samantha Stallbaumer helped stall the Trojans comeback.
“If we don’t have Sam out there, it’s totally different, Ashworth said. “They score more than six, I’m sure. Great job by our defense. Kylee just kept them off-balance all day.”
Hillsboro replacement pitcher Julie Sinclair had seven strikeouts in her six and a half innings.
One big inning secured game two for Hillsboro, they won 13-2 in the fifth.
Down 2-1 going into the bottom of the fourth the Trojans bats started flying. They had three homeruns in that inning alone. Two from junior Bradli Nowak and one from senior Danae Bina. Nowak, Emily Jost and Shannon Heiser each had two RBI’s in the fourth.
From there Sinclair was able to close out the fifth, pitching eleven and a half innings in the double header.