NEW LISBON — After playing just one game in the season’s first three-plus weeks due to poor weather, the Hillsboro softball team’s schedule has been jam packed as of late.
Monday evening, the Tigers dropped a pair of Scenic Bluffs games at New Lisbon in the midst of a stretch that has Hillsboro playing nine games in nine days.
The Tigers were scheduled to conclude the grueling grind and this most unusual regular season with another SBC doubleheader at Royall this past Tuesday.
Hillsboro (4–10, 4–8 SBC) will open the WIAA Division 4 playoffs today at fourth-seeded Wonewoc–Center. The Tigers are the fifth-seed in the seven-team New Lisbon regional bracket.
Senior Jenna Washetas belted a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift league-leading New Lisbon to a 2–0 victory in Monday’s opener.
New Lisbon senior ace Michaela Vinz held the Tigers to just one hit in the complete game 10-inning victory. She struck out 16 batters and walked eight.
The Rockets dominated the nightcap, 16–0, in five innings to improve to 14–2 overall and 13–0 in the SBC.
Last Friday, Hillsboro split a SBC doubleheader at Necedah winning game one 6–4 before falling in the nightcap 7–6.
Senior C.J. Hofmeister went 2-for-3 with a double and scored two runs in the opening win.
Senior Ali Brey went 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs. She also picked up the win in the pitching circle, allowing four runs on 10 hits in seven innings.
Necedah scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning in the second game to rally from a 5–2 deficit to score a 7–6 win.
Last Thursday, visiting Wonewoc–Center scored in six of the seven innings to earn a 12–9 victory at Hillsboro.
Last Monday, Brey ripped a line drive single to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Hofmeister for the walk-off, game-winning run in a 7–6 extra-inning victory over visiting Bangor.
Brey went 3-for-4 and scored two runs.
Hofmeister collected three hits in five at-bats, scored two runs and went the distance in the pitching circle to earn the win. She struck out two, walked four and allowed six runs on 12 hits.
Bangor scored seven runs in the fourth inning of game two en route to an 11–3 victory.