Roxana scored eight runs in their final three innings to spoil a hot start for the Hillsboro softball team and come away with a 9-6 win over the Lady Hiltoppers.
Both teams picked up a run in the first inning, with Hillsboro’s coming after Haley Major was hit by a pitch and scored on an RBI single by Sophia Blankenship.
After a scoreless second, Hillsboro jumped back on Roxana starter Calista Stahlhut, plating four runs in the third inning.
After a strikeout to start the inning, the next six batters reached base for the Toppers, starting with Taelyn Smith’s one-out double. Smith’s two-bagger was followed by a walk to Major, Blankenship reaching on an error and an Aubrey Evans single.
All four of those players would come around to score, with Summer Smith and Meagan Jorn also reaching on walks before Stahlhut struck out the final two batters of the inning.
The 5-1 lead looked to be enough for starter Taelyn Smith, but a sore arm contributed to a three-run inning for the Topper sophomore, who came out after walking the bases loaded.
Meagan Jorn would come on in relief and only allowed three hits the rest of the way out, but Roxana benefitted from four Topper errors to touch up Jorn for five runs, only two of which were earned.
The eight-run surge made it a 9-5 ball game in Roxana’s favor as Hillsboro was down to their final three outs.
After back-to-back pop ups to start the inning, Sophia Blankenship contributed a two-out single, then scored on an RBI triple by Aubrey Evans.
Stahlhut would avoid further damage though, as she posted her 11th strikeout to end the game.
Both Blankenship and Evans would have two hits in the game, with Blankenship also tying Haley Major for the team lead in runs scored with two.
Smith would finish with six strikeouts and three walks on the mound, with Jorn adding one strikeout and a walk as well.
The Lady Hiltoppers open up the week at home against Pana, with action starting at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 10.
May 6 at Roxana
Hillsboro 104 000 1 6 6 5
Roxana 100 314 x 9 6 1
Hillsboro IP R ER H K BB
T. Smith 3.1 4 4 3 6 3
Jorn 3.2 5 2 3 1 1
Hillsboro IP R ER H K BB
Stahlhut 7 6 3 6 11 3
*Stahlhut 1 HBP
Multiple Hits: Hillsboro - Sophia Blankenship 2-4, Aubrey Evans 2-4. 2B: Hillsboro - Taelyn Smith 1. 3B: Hillsboro - Aubrey Evans 1. Runs: Hillsboro - Haley Major 2, Sophia Blankenship 2, Taelyn Smith 1, Aubrey Evans 1. RBI: Hillsboro - Sophia Blankenship 1, Aubrey Evans 1.
Record: Hillsboro (1-6).