Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Hillsboro Hawks shutout North County 12-0 on Wednesday.
The Hawks have been on a roll. This was their fifth win in a row and the fourth time during the streak that they have scored over ten runs.
“We’ve been making sure to talk to each other after at bats and figuring out what adjustments we need to make,” Ryleigh Hindle said. “Our energy this week has also been super high, which definitely helps.”
Hillsboro jumped out of the gates quickly in the first inning. Sara Stokes hit a single to left field that scored Hailey Genge and Ellie Bartlett. Alex Wick grounded out to the second basemen, but it drove in a run to make it 3-0. Nicole Evans smacked an RBI-double and Hindle later hit in Evans. The Hawks took the field with a 5-0 lead.
The Hawks capitalized on an error by North County in the second inning to score a run and Lauren Nichols hit an RBI-double in the third inning to extend their lead to 7-0.
In the fifth inning Alanah Dunphy crushed a double to right field that scored Maya LaPlante and Evans.
The team was thrilled with the execution.
“We came out and played our game,” Genge said. “We put together hits and got runners across the plate. Our defense came out solid to back Alex up in the circle.”
The Hawks put the finishing touches on the shutout in the sixth inning with three more runs. Avery Dean hit a single that scored two runs and LaPlante singled in another run after that. The Hawks won 12-0.
Genge was 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored. Dunphy and Nichols each had two hits. Dunphy, Stokes and Dean all led the team with two RBIs each. Thirteen different Hawks registered hits and nine Hawks all had at least one RBI.
“Our energy was up the whole time,” Nichols said. “We were cheering our teammates on and hoping the best for them.”
Alex Wick started the game for Hillsboro and went the distance. It was a masterful performance. She threw 76 pitches through six innings, struck out eight and only allowed one hit.
The win brought Hillsboro’s record to 8-5. The Hawks will look to keep rolling and grab their sixth win in a row Thursday, Sep. 24 against Perryville.