HILLMAN- The Hillman softball team picked up right where it left off last season.
The Tigers put on a power display and picked up an easy sweep over Rudyard on Thursday at Hillman High School, winning 14-4 and 17-3.
Jensen Tchorzynski led Hillman on the mound in both games, striking out seven hitters each in both games. The sophomore right-hander was helped out by the Tigers' big bats which had Rudyard's defense chasing balls all afternoon.
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Hillman’s Kourtney Boldrey swings at a pitch during the second game of a softball doubleheader Thursday at Hillman High School.
"It seems like it all came together late. Our defense really stepped up," Hillman coach Curt Tebo said. "It's good to get those first two wins like that and know what kind of team we can be like and can play like."
Arielle Barrie led Hillman's power show with four hits and eight RBI. Audrey Julka had five hits and six RBI. Rachel Mayes drove in five runs and hit a home run.
Hillman got in a jam to begin the nightcap as Rudyard loaded the bases in the top of the first inning, but Tchorzynski helped her cause with two strikeouts to end the threat.
The Tigers didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard, tallying three runs in the first inning, eight in the second inning and six in the third inning. Mayes started things off with an RBI double in the first inning and was followed by Julka who had an RBI single and Barrie who came through with an RBI triple.
Rudyard cut into Hillman's lead a little in the third inning, scoring three runs, but couldn't hit with the consistency the Tigers' had, especially in the clutch. Six of the Tigers' eight runs in the second inning came with two outs, highlighted by a two-run double from Mayes and an RBI double from Barrie.
Tchorzynski finished with seven strikeouts while allowing six hits and only one walk in three innings. Barrie pitched in relief and struck out three in two innings of work.
In the nightcap Amanda Kennard scored two runs; Mayes was 2-for-3 with three RBI; Carissa Herrick scored twice; Julka was 3-for-3 with four RBI; Barrie was 3-for-3 and was a home run short of the cycle while driving in five runs.
In the opening game, Hillman broke the game open early and won by mercy rule. Kennard was 3-for-4; Mayes hit a home run and had two RBI; Herrick was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI; Julka had two hits and drove in a pair of runs and Barrie drove in three runs.