HILLMAN-Harsh rain and wind didn't stop the Hillman and Oscoda softball teams from playing on Monday as the Tigers swept the Owls 11-1 and 12-0 in five-inning wins.
It got so wet in the second game, that the umpire was trading balls with Hillman coach Curt Tebo between every few pitches. Tebo used a rag to keep the balls dry.
"It was real nasty weather. Rainy and wet. It just goes to show that we can play through any kind of conditions," Tebo said.
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Hillman’s Courtney Sauer (black) tries to beat the throw at first base in the first game of a home doubleheader against Oscoda. Hillman mercied Oscoda 11-1 and 12-0 in the fifth inning of each game.
The Tigers (8-0) took swift control of the first game.
Hillman pitcher Jensen Tchorzynski struck out two batters in the first inning. She pitched the whole game for the win and faced 18 batters, struck out 10, walked none and gave up two hits.
The Tigers picked up five hits and five runs in the first inning to go up 5-0. Kalen Tchorzynski had an RBI double, as did Alissa Jones and Courtney Sauer. Vanessa Schook and Alyssa Ableidinger had singles.
The Owls (0-6) struggled against Tchorzynski, but the Tigers continued to hit Owl pitcher Chelsea Keathey and scored four more runs in the second inning.
"I think we could have played a lot better than we did. We had a struggle getting our bats going. We did get out bats going a bit more in the second, but we haven't had a full game to show off how good of a team we are," Oscoda coach Sarah Simmons said.
Keathey walked Ableidinger with bases loaded to score Schook from third. Sauer hit a bases-loaded double, picking up three RBIs and increasing Hillman's spread to 9-0.
Keathey pitched a full game for the loss. She faced 32 batters, struck out two, gave up eight walks and 10 hits.
Oscoda continued to struggle at the plate in the next few innings, but kept the Tigers at bay offensively. Keathey walked three straight batters in the third, but Oscoda only gave up one more run to give the Tigers a 10-0 lead.
Hillman ran into a little fielding trouble in the fourth. Jensen struck out two more batters, but gave up a single to Lauren Skidmore. Skidmore made it to home off a series of passed balls and missed throws to narrow Hillman's lead to 10-1.
The Tigers picked up the mercy win in the bottom of the fifth when Kalen doubled to score Jensen.
Hillman came out quick in the second game, picking up four straight singles in the first inning. Jensen drove in Schook and Morgan Dove while Ableidinger and Jones drove in two more to give Hillman the 4-0 lead.
Keathey pitched again in the second game for the loss. She gave up 14 hits, walked three and struck out one.
Kalen pitched a no-hitter for Hillman giving up four walks and striking out seven. One Owl batter also got on base due to a fielding error.
Hillman's offense continued to dominate an Owls' defense that often got in the right position, but which fell victim to too many fielding errors.
Dove went 3-for-4 and scored three times. Schook also scored three times and was 2-for-3 with a walk. Jensen scored once, hit two singles, drew a walk and knocked in three.
Kalen scored once, hit three singles and had two RBIs. Eden Hunt scored twice, hit a single, a double and drew a walk.
Brice Kenyon got on base and scored off an error in the third while Sauer hit a triple and scored off a passed ball.
Hillman picked up two runs in the second, four runs in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 12-0 lead into the top of the fifth.
Oscoda's Asia Frei drew a walk in the top of the fifth, but an Owl rally was not in the works and the Tigers completed its two-game sweep.
Oscoda travels to Atlanta on Thursday while Hillman hosts Gaylord St. Mary today at 4 p.m.
"We had good pitching, good fielding, good bats up the order, one through nine. Just a well rounded team. Tomorrow, we see Gaylord St. Mary and we expect to do the same," Tebo said.
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