A day after being rained out yet again, the Hillsboro softball team found just enough good weather to squeeze in a make-up game with visiting Cashton.
The Eagles' Lindsy Kramer struck out 13 and allowed just one unearned run in a complete-game one-hitter as Cashton rolled to a 9–1 Scenic Bluffs Conference victory.
Kramer also went 3-for-3 at the plate with a two-run homer and drove in three runs.
Cashton scored two runs in the top of the first and never trailed. The top five hitters in the Eagles’ batting order combined for all nine hits and nine runs in the game.
Hillsboro’s Brittany Borchardt reached on an error in the bottom of the first, stole second and third and scored the Tigers’ only run on a wild pitch, one of Kramer’s few miscues.
“Kramer threw a spectacular game striking out 13 and walking none,” said Hillsboro head coach Mike Burch. “Coming into the game our team had a total of 12 K’s on the season. Kramer doubled that number with amazing control of a wicked rise ball.”
In fact, only two Tigers players reached base in the game.
The first was Borchardt in the first inning. The second was senior Riley Fisher, who singled in the final at-bat of her career, for Hillsboro’s only hit of the game. Fisher has a torn ACL and will have season-ending surgery this week.
“It was an emotional at-bat,” said Burch.
Borchardt (1–1) took the loss allowing nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits and five walks in seven innings.
On Saturday, Hillsboro went 1–1 at the La Farge Tournament dropping an 8–7 decision to Kickapoo before defeating the host school 9–5.
Six players made their first start of the season against Kickapoo.
Kickapoo scored in each of the first four innings to build a 7–4 lead against Hillsboro starter Macy Mislivecek.
With bases loaded in the top of the fifth, still down by three runs, Burch brought in freshman Lexi Mathis to get out of the jam.
Mathis promptly induced a ground ball to second base, where Mislivecek fielded the ball, tagged the runner, and threw on to first to complete the inning-ending double play.
Hillsboro rallied in the bottom of the seventh scoring three runs all with two outs and had the game-tying run on third base, but ultimately the rally fell one run short when the game ended on a ground out to second base.
Hillsboro bounced back with a 9–5 victory over La Farge.
Sophomore catcher Morgan Rynes went 4-for-4 with a pair of double and three RBIs in the win.
Borchardt (3-for-4), Mackenzie Sullivan (3-for-4), Destiny Shore (3-for-4) and Mislivecek (2-for-4) all had multiple hits in the win. Hillsboro banged out 17 base hits in the game.
Mathis (1–2) earned her first victory of the season in the game going the distance allowing five runs on nine hits and four walks in sevens innings. She struck out a career-high five batters.
Monday’s doubleheader with Royall was rained out and will be made up at a later date.
The Tigers (2–5, 1–3 SBC) will return to action today at home against Wonewoc–Center. They will then travel to Brookwood on Monday.