ONTARIO — On a night where Hillsboro piled up 14 hits and scored 13 runs, the Tigers’ pitching staff couldn’t do its part.
Three different Hillsboro pitchers combined to allow 17 runs on 18 hits in a 17–13 loss to host Brookwood.
The Tigers (12–6, 10–3 SBC) missed an opportunity to clinched at least a share of this year’s Scenic Bluffs Conference title.
The Falcons (11–4, 9–3), as well as Bangor (9–9, 9–3) stayed in title contention thanks to Thursday’s result.
Cory Ottum went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the third inning and fourth-inning grand slam that gave Brookwood a 12–4 lead. Brookwood scored in all six of its at-bats and scored multiple runs in five of those innings.
Jadin Havlik went 4-for-5 with a pair doubles and two RBIs for the winners. Colt Manley and Conner Schueller each had three hits and a pair of RBIs for Brookwood.
The Tigers pulled with into two runs at 12–10 with a six-run fifth inning.
Ethan Thorson went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs in the loss for Hillsboro. Max Stockwell (2-for-4) and Tommy Crandall (2-for-3) each had two hits and drove in a pair of runs each in the loss.
Tommy Crandall (3–2) started and took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits and two walks in two innings. Tyler Crandall relieved his brother in the third, but allowed seven earned runs himself before giving way to Thorson in the fourth. Thorson allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.
Hillsboro can clinch at least a share of the conference title with a win at Royall on Thrusday.
The Tigers split a pair of games Saturday at the Ithaca Tournament.
The host Bulldogs handed Hillsboro a 4–3 setback in the semifinals, before the Tigers bounced back with a 14–4 victory over Southwestern in the consolation game.
Max Stockwell (3–0) picked up his third win of the season, allowing one unearned run on two hits in three innings of work.
Throson went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. Tommy Crandall went 2-for-3 with a double, homer and a pair of RBIs. Tyler Crandall (2-for-5), Dane Bach (2-for-4) and Peyton Miller (2-for-3) also each had two hits as the Tigers pounded out 16 hits in the route.
Hillsboro (12–6, 10–3 SBC) will travel to Richland Center Saturday for a pair of non-conference games with the Hornets and Wisconsin Heights before closing out the regular season Monday at Westfield.
The WIAA Division 4 regional playoffs will begin Tuesday, May 31.
Brookwood 17, Hillsboro 13
(from Thursday, May 12 @ Ontario)
Hillsboro 103 060 3 –13 14 1
Brookwood 413 432 x –17 18 4
Leading hitters — H: Tyler Crandall 2x2, Max Stockwell 2x4, Tommy Crandall 2x3, Ethan Thorson 2x5, Peyton Miller 2x4; B: Matthew Hansen 2x4, Cory Ottum 2x4, Jadin Havlik 4x5, Colt Manley 3x5, Conner Schueller 4x4, Sam Dewitt 2x4. 2B – H: To. Crandall; B: Ottum, M. Hansen, J. Hansen, Havlik 2. HR – B: Ottum.
W – Jack Hansen (4.2IP, 7H, 10R, 4ER, 5K, 4BB). L – Tommy Crandall (3–2, 2IP, 5H, 5ER, 3K, 2BB).
Ithaca 4, Hillsboro 3
(from Saturday, May 14 @ Ithaca)
Hillsboro 101 000 1 – 3 6 1
Ithaca 110 200 x – 4 8 3
Leading hitters — H: Max Stockwell 2x3; I: Jacob Huebsch 2x3. 2B – I: Jacob Huebsch 2, Cody Klossowski, Ryan Granger. HR – H: Tyler Crandall; I: Caleb Olson.
W – Nolan Clary (7IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 7K, 3BB). L – Tyler Crandall (4–2, 6IP, 8H, 4ER, 5K, 2BB).
Hillsboro 14, Southwestern 4
(from Saturday, May 14 @ Ithaca)
Hillsboro 018 002 3 –14 16 1
Southwestern 001 030 0 – 4 9 0
Leading hitters — H: Tyler Crandall 2x5, Max Stockwell 2x2, Tommy Crandall 2x3, Ethan Thorson 3x4, Dane Bach 2x4, Peyton Miller 2x4; S: Kurt Tranel 2x3, Dylan Rieken 2x3. 2B – H: Tyler Crandall, Thorson 2, Tommy Crandall; S: Kyle Tranel. HR – H: Tommy Crandall; S: Kurt Tranel.
W – Max Stockwell (3–0, 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2K, 1BB). L – Kurt Tranel (2.2IP, 10H, 9R, 9ER, 3K, 1BB).