The Hillsboro softball team picked up struggling junior pitcher Alexis Mathis May 11 with a seven-run fourth inning.
The Tigers big inning allowed the team to overcome an early 6–2 deficit as Hillsboro held on for a 12–11 win.
Brookwood scored six runs in the top of the second inning to take a four run lead.
But Hillsboro didn’t fade. Instead the Tigers battled back behind the hitting of freshman Lexi Seeley, who went 2-for-4 and scored two runs, and junior Mackenzie Sullivan, who went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.
Junior first baseman Morgan Huntley hit a three run double and Sydney Johnson added a two-run single to aid the Hillsboro comeback.
“It was not a good night for Lexi at all, but she hung in there and picked up a big win for us,” said Hillsboro head coach Mike Burch. “It was similar to the win against New Lisbon in our season opener, this is the first time that a Hillsboro softball team has defeated Brookwood in many years.”
Mathis (5–3) battled to her fifth victory of the season, allowing 11 runs, six earned, on eight hits and seven walks. She also struck out seven batters.
The Tigers were also playing shorthanded, Junior Brittany Borchardt was forced into catcher duties, as both Shania Landsinger and Lydia Weststedt were sick.
“Brittany did an outstanding job and will very likely see much more time behind the plate,” said Burch.
Hillsboro is now 8–5 overall and moved into third-place in the SBC at 6–5. Cashton (15–0, 12–0) has already clinched the outright league title. Bangor (9–6, 6–4) is in second.
The Tigers will travel to Wonewoc–Center Thursday before taking part in the Ithaca ournament on Saturday. Hillsboro will then host Royall on Monday.
Hillsboro 9, Wonewoc-Center 5
Hillsboro rallied for a four-run, first-inning deficit to beat visiting Wonewoc–Center 9–5 last Tuesday.
The Tigers committed two costly errors that lead to four runs in the top of the first inning, but scored eight in the bottom of the fourth to take a 9–4 lead.
In Hillsboro's big fourth inning, Borchardt reached on an error with one out.
Mathis laid down a perfect bunt which ended up being a base hit. Seeley then followed with yet another perfect bunt single to load the bases.
Sullivan then jumped on the very next pitch, belting a bases clearing triple to deep left center.
After a Johnson drew a walk, Sullivan came in to score on an RBI single from Destiny Shore. Landsinger then singled to score Johnson to make it 6–4.
Sierra Hanke then walked to load the bases for Morgan Huntley, who hit a soft fly that fell safely in short left field to score Shore.
Borchardt then lined a single up the middle to plate another run to make it 8–4 and Seeley had an infield hit to drive in the eighth run of the inning to cap the rally.
Mathis struck out seven and walked five while allowing three earned runs on six hits in seven innings. Mathis only allowed one hit after the first inning.
Cashton 10, Hillsboro 1 (4)
Last Thursday unbeaten Cashton dealt Hillsboro a 10–1 rain-shortened loss in four innings.
The Tigers committed four errors in the game and managed only two hits.
Cashton scored seven runs in the bottom of the third inning to take control of the game.
The teams agreed to call the game after four innings of play after sitting through a two-hour lightning delay.