Hillsboro Softball Second At Ramsey Tournament

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The Hillsboro softball team went 2-1 at the Ramsey Invitational Tournament on Saturday, April 13, to finish second in this year's four-team round robin.

The Lady Hiltoppers' only loss came in their first game against the eventual champions, Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg, by an 8-0 final score. The Hatchets, the defending Class 1A state champions, are 22-0-1 this season and have outscored their opponents 248 to 30.

Of the eight Windsor/Stew-Stras runs, seven were unearned as the Toppers committed six errors in the game, which was held to five innings due to time constraints. The Hatchets would score two runs in the first, one run in the third and fourth and four runs in the fifth to pick up their 20th win of the year.

Hillsboro would have five singles in the game from Katie Schaake, Sheridan Lyerla, Riley Hemken, Kai Hanner and Chloe Beck, but weren't able to put together back-to-back hits and never got a runner past second base.

Kai Hanner would allow six hits and two walks while striking out eight in the tough luck loss. Megan Schlechte had ten strikeouts and a walk for the Hatchets.

Hillsboro spent little time licking their wounds after their second loss of the season though. The Lady Toppers would knock off a solid Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond (ALAH) team in their second game by a 4-1 final score.

Hillsboro got on the board with a run in the first inning when Haley Major reached on an error, stole second, moved to third on a single by Katie Schaake and scored on a ground out by Kai Hanner.

After a scoreless second inning, Riley Hemken started off the bottom of the third with a triple, followed by Major being hit by a pitch, then stealing second. Both runners would come around to score on a double by Schaake, with Hanner picking up her second RBI on another grounder to third in the next at-bat.

Both teams would settle into a pitching duel in the next three innings as the Toppers were held to a fourth inning walk by Chloe Beck and a sixth inning single by Shelby Houchlei.

Katie Schaake would be just as efficient on the mound for the Toppers as she scattered seven hits and a walk over six innings. The only back-to-back hits of the game for ALAH came in the seventh inning, which resulted in their only run when coupled with a Hillsboro error.

The Toppers closed out the tournament with a 14-0 drubbing of the host school in four innings.

Eleven of the 14 runs would come in the first inning as Hillsboro set the tone early. Haley Major singled and stole second, followed by  Katie Schaake reaching on a walk. Kai Hanner then made it to first on an error that allowed Major to score.

Sheridan Lyerla would rip a single that scored both Schaake and Hanner before Ramsey would get the first out of the inning.

Ramsey pitcher Madison Compton would hit both Chloe Beck and Alexis Wolf in the next two at-bats.

Ramsey would pick up another out, but Riley Hemken reached on an error that scored Lyerla and Major plated Beck and Wolf with a single to make it 6-0. Major wouldn't be on base for long as Schaake tripled to score two more runs.

Schaake would score on a wild pitch, but a walk to Hanner and Lyerla reaching on an error gave Hillsboro two more runners, both of whom came home off Ramsey's fourth error of the inning, this one coming after Shelby Houchlei connected with a pitch. The Rams would finally get the final out, but the game was well in hand for the Toppers.

After a 1-2-3 inning by Hillsboro starter Shelby Houchlei, the Toppers got back to the plate. Alexis Wolf was hit by a pitch for the second straight at-bat, followed by a walk to Claire Tester and a fielder's choice from Riley Hemken. Another fielder's choice by Major allowed Wolf to score and Katie Schaake drove in Major with her second triple. Kai Hanner would drive in the third run of the inning with a single as Hillsboro increased their lead to 14-0.

 Houchlei was almost untouchable in her four innings on the mound as she allowed just two hits and struck out seven of the 15 batters she faced.

At the plate, both Schaake and Major would have two hits and three runs scored, with three RBIs to their credit as well.

After playing five games in three days, the Lady Hiltoppers will stay busy this week, weather permiting, as they host Vandalia on Monday, April 15, before road games at Pana and Alton Marquette on Tuesday and Wednesday.

April 13 at Ramsey

Ramsey Round Robin

Hillsboro 000 00 0 5 6

Windsor/Stew-Stras 201 14 8 6 0

Pitching Statistics

Hillsboro IP R ER H K BB

L-Hanner 5 8 1 6 8 2 

W/S-S IP R ER H K BB

W-Schlechte 5 0 0 5 10 1

Batting Statistics

Multiple Hits: Windsor/Stew-Stras - Cole (2-3, 1R), Bennett (2-3, 2R).

Records: Hillsboro (12-2); Windsor/Stew-Stras (20-0-1).

April 13 at Ramsey

Ramsey Round Robin

Hillsboro 103 000 4 4 2

ALAH 000 001 1 7 1

Pitching Statistics

Hillsboro IP R ER H K BB

W-Schaake 6 1 0 7 5 1 

Batting Statistics

Multiple Hits: Hillsboro - Katie Schaake (2-3, 1R, 2RBI). 2B: Hillsboro - Katie Schaake 1. 3B: Hillsboro - Riley Hemken 1.

Records: Hillsboro (13-2), Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond (10-5).

April 13 at Ramsey

Ramsey Round Robin

Ramsey (0)00 0 0 2 5

Hillsboro (11)30 0 14 6 0

Pitching Statistics

Ramsey IP R ER H K BB

Compton 3 14 8 2 1 3

*Compton 1 HBP

Hillsboro IP R ER H K BB

L- Houchlei 3 0 0 2 7 0

*Houchlei 1 HBP

Batting Statistics

Multiple Hits: Ramsey - Grace Saunders (2-2); Hillsboro - Katie Schaake (2-2, 3R, 3RBI), Haley Major (2-3, 3R, 3RBI). 2B: Ramsey - Grace Saunders 1; Hillsboro - Kai Hanner 1. 3B: Hillsboro - Katie Schaake 2. 

Records: Hillsboro (14-2), Ramsey (1-10).

Ramsey Round Robin

Team Standings: 1. Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg (3-0); 2. Hillsboro (2-1); 3. Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond (1-2); 4. Ramsey (0-3).

Tournament Scores

• Windsor/Stew-Stras 8, Hillsboro 0

• Hillsboro 4, ALAH 1

• Hillsboro 14, Ramsey 0

• Windsor/Stew-Stras 3, ALAH 0

• ALAH 9, Ramsey 0

• Windsor/Stew-Stras 19, Ramsey 1

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