Hillman softball team sweeps Alcona

LINCOLN – The Hillman softball team earned two more big North Star League victories on Monday, sweeping a doubleheader against hosting Alcona.

Hillman took advantage of an early lead and was able to build upon that, winning the first game by a final score of 12-1.

Hillman got their offense rolling in the first inning as Vanessa Schook led off the game with a double and scored a batter later when Morgan Dove ripped an RBI single. Dove later came around to score on an error to give Hillman a two-run lead.

Hillman added three more runs in the top half of the second and again it was off the bat of Dove who this time hit a three-run triple down the left field line that scored Olivia Smith, Eve LaFleche and Schook.

Alcona scored its first run in the bottom of the third to cut into the lead when Keilee Elmer reached on an error and scored on a fielders choice off the bat of Abby Lobaugh.

Hillman extended the lead adding two more runs in the fourth as Smith and LaFleche scored each scored again and Dove added her fifth RBI of the game.

Hillman added five more runs in the sixth inning and shut down Alcona to come away with a lopsided game one win.

Dove had a superb all around day going 3-for-4 at the plate with five RBI and two runs scored. Dove also started and pitched the first three innings allowing five hits, one unearned run and struck out two before being relieved by Kalen Tchorzynski who finish the game tossing three no-hit innings while striking out four.

“We need to get back on track on the little things. Some of us are still trying to figure out our hitting and we got a few opportunities to get everyone on the field today which is priceless because it helps for the future,” Hillman coach Rich Price said.

Alcona was led by Brittany Decker who was 2-for-3. Alissa Terpstra went the distance on the mound and got hit with the loss.

Hillman was able to come away victorious in the nightcap, winning by a score of 7-2.

Hillman opened the scoring in the top of the third inning as the first six batters reached base safely to start the inning. LaFleche came around to score the games first run on a wild pitch after a leadoff single. Brooke Jones drove in Schook who reached on a walk and Tchorzynski doubled in Jones and later scored on a fielders choice off the bat of Jozie Appelgren.

Alcona got one run back in the home half of the fourth when Janelle Carpenter hit an RBI single to plate Raegen Eller.

Hillman answered with three runs in the top of the fifth to extend the lead and put the game away as Alcona could only score once in the bottom of the sixth.

Hillman was led offensively in game two by Schook who went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Smith added two hits and an RBI. Tchorzynski, Appelgren and Jones each added an RBI in the win.

Tchorzynski started on the mound tossing three innings, allowing no runs on four hits and striking out four. Dove finished the game and allowed two earned runs on five hits, while fanning two batters.

“We’ve got a pitching staff and it doesn’t matter who we have on the mound because they all step in and do their job and we’re fortunate to have a good group of girls that can do that,” Price said.

Alcona was led by Carpenter and Cassidy Clemens who each went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Hillman improves to 18-7 overall and is currently 8-3 in league play. The team will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Atlanta.

Jonny Zawacki can be reached via email at jzawacki@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5690.