The Hillsboro Hawks Varsity Softball team (5-5) looked to win its third straight game Monday night, hosting the Incarnate Word Academy Red Knights. Despite falling behind early, the Hawks scored five runs in the sixth inning to secure a 9-3 win.
The Hawks started senior Alex Wick for Monday night’s game, looking to continue her strong play after throwing a shutout against Union High School on Friday. Senior Mia Boyd was the starter for the Red Knights.
Wick struggled early on the mound, giving up a solo home run to the second Red Knight hitter of the day, junior Macy Brown. Wick was able to work her way out of any more trouble, securing two fly outs in a row to end the top of the first inning.
The game remained at 1-0 until the bottom of the second when Hawks senior Ryleigh Hindle got on base thanks to an error from Red Knights’ third baseman Brielle DiMemmo. This brought freshman Lauren Nichols up to the plate where she drove in Hindle on a double to center field.
The Red Knights were quick to respond in the top half of the third, putting up two additional runs and taking a 3-1 lead thanks to a single from Brown and a triple from DiMemmo.
The Hawks again tied the game in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a pair of errors from Red Knights’ Brown and Lauren Gallagher. Both of these errors resulted in a run scoring, tying the game at 3-3.
Both teams struggled to get back on the scoreboard until Hillsboro took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth when a Wick sacrifice fly scored Maya LaPlante making it 4-3.
In the bottom half of the sixth inning, the Hawks took complete control of the game, hanging five runs on the Red Knights. Alanah Dunphy started the scoring that inning by driving in Hindle on a sacrifice fly. After a pair of singles and an error, junior Sara Stokes pinch hit for Abby Clay and drove in two runs on a double to left field. Wick followed suit with another double, driving in two additional runs and putting the game entirely out of reach at 9-3.
Junior Elly Eckrich came in to relieve Wick and proceeded to close the door on Incarnate Word, pitching 1 2/3 innings, giving up only one hit and striking out two.
Wick got the win for the Hawks after a solid performance, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up four hits, three runs and striking out two. Boyd got dealt the loss for the Red Knights, pitching 5 1/3 innings, surrendering eight hits, nine runs and a pair of walks. Defense was an issue for the Red Knights, as seven of Hillsboro’s nine runs scored were unearned thanks to errors.
Head coach Kevin Lucas praised Eckrich and Wick’s performance after the game.