A six-run seventh inning helped Nokomis erase a one-run deficit and come away with a 14-9 win over Hillsboro.
The game was a slugfest almost from the start, with the two teams scoring in every inning but the first and pounding out 34 hits in the contest.
Meagan Jorn drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning on a double that scored Aubrey Evans from second after Evans reached on an error. A single and two walks would force in another run for the Hiltoppers, who took an early 2-0 lead.
Nokomis would take their first lead in the top of the third as they turned six hits into four runs in the frame. The first four of those hits were singles with one out by Presley Mehochko, Emma Sneddon, Hailey Engelman and Aubrey Jaros, with Jaros’ base hit driving in Nokomis’ first run of the game.
After a strikeout for out number two, Reaghan Jonas doubled to drive in Sneddon and Engelman and give Nokomis a 3-2 advantage. That grew to 4-2 one batter later when Emma Hill singled to score Jaros before the Toppers recorded the final out.
Hillsboro tied the game in the bottom of the inning as Taelyn Smith and Aubrey Evans both scored after a pair of singles, an error and an RBI base hit by Erin Moore.
The back-and-forth trend continued over the next three innings, with Megan Kunn and Presley Mehochko scoring on an two-run single by Hailey Engleman in the top of the fourth, only to have Hillsboro answer after a walk to Sophia Blankenship, a double by Haley Major, a passed ball and a RBI ground out by Summer Smith.
A 6-6 score turned into 8-7 by the end of the fifth, with Reaghan Jonas and Baylee Cesaretti scoring for Nokomis and Ally Devore scoring for Hillsboro.
After a scoreless top of the sixth, the first half inning without a run since the top of the second, Hillsboro would retake the lead. Taelyn Smith tripled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 8-8. Aubrey Evans and Meagan Jorn singled and Erin Moore picked up her second RBI of the game with a base hit that plated Evans and made it a 9-8 game.
The Redskins left little time for the Toppers to enjoy the lead as the first seven batters reached base for Nokomis in the top of the seventh. Presley Mehochko, Emma Sneddon, Hailey Engelman, Aubry Jaros and Reghan Jonas all had RBIs in the breakout inning, which put Nokomis up by five.
After picking up her fourth hit of the game to drive in her team’s 14th run, Jonas returned to the mound for her seventh inning of work. A strikeout and a ground out started the inning, followed by a walk to Taelyn Smith to give Hillsboro new life. The rally hopes were brief though as Jonas got Summer Smith to pop up to center to end the game and improve Nokomis record to 6-8.
Jonas struck out nine and allowed 13 hits and five walks to get the win on the mound. Taelyn Smith pitched the first four innings for Hillsboro, allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits with two strikeouts, while Meagan Jorn pitched the final three innings, giving up eight runs on 11 hits and two walks with one strikeout.
Eleven different players would have two or more hits in the game, with Nokomis’ Presley Mehochko, Hailey Engelman and Reaghan Jonas picking up four apiece. Megan Kuhn, Emma Sneddon, Aubrey Jaros and Baylee Cesaretti would also have two hits each for the Lady Redskins.
Hillsboro was led by Meagan Jorn and Erin Moore, who were both 3-for-4, while Taelyn Smith and Aubrey Evans were both 2-for-4.
Hillsboro will host another county foe on Monday, May 24, when they play Litchfield, followed by another home contest against Carlinville on May 25. Nokomis is also at home to start the week as they play Metro-East Lutheran on Monday, East Alton-Wood River on Tuesday and Bunker Hill on Wednesday.
May 21 at Hillsboro
Nokomis 004 220 6 14 21 3
Hillsboro 022 212 0 9 13 0
Nokomis IP R ER H K BB
Jonas 7 9 6 13 9 5
Hillsboro IP R ER H K BB
T. Smith 4 6 5 10 2 0
Jorn 3 8 8 11 1 2
Multiple Hits: Nokomis - Presley Mehochko 4-4, Hailey Engelman 4-5, Reaghan Jonas 4-5, Megan Kuhn 2-4, Emma Sneddon 2-5, Baylee Cesaretti 2-5, Aubrey Jaros 2-5; Hillsboro - Meagan Jorn 3-4, Erin Moore 3-4, Taelyn Smith 2-4, Aubrey Evans 2-4. 2B: Nokomis -Reaghan Jonas 3, Baylee Cesaretti 1, Hailey Engelman 1; Hillsboro - Haley Major 1, Meagan Jorn 1. 3B: Hilsboro - Taelyn Smith 1. Runs: Nokomis - Presley Mehochko 3, Baylee Cesaretti 2, Aubrey Jaros 2, Hailey Engelman 2, Emma Sneddon 2, Megan Kuhn 1, Reaghan Jonas 1, Emma Hill 1; Hillsboro - Aubrey Evans 3, Taelyn Smith 2, Sophia Blankenship 1, Haley Major 1, Meagan Jorn 1, Ally Devore 1. RBI: Nokomis - Aubrey Jaros 3, Reaghan Jonas 3, Hailey Engelman 2, Emma Sneddon 1, Megan Kuhn 1, Emma Hill 1, Baylee Cesaretti 1, Presley Mehochko 1; Hillsboro - Sophia Blankenship 2, Erin Moore 2, Summer Smith 1, Meagan Jorn 1.
Records: Hillsboro (1-11); Nokomis (6-8).