Hillsboro's Kenzie Dietrick went 4-for-5 with four runs, three walks and six RBI in both games combined of the Lady Indians' doubleheader against Washington, clinching a perfect FAC record. Dietrick is pictured in a game last week. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
Hillsboro's Kenzie Dietrick went 4-for-5 with four runs, three walks and six RBI in both games combined of the Lady Indians' doubleheader against Washington, clinching a perfect FAC record. Dietrick is pictured in a game last week. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
The Hillsboro Lady Indians wrapped up their 2021 Frontier Athletic Conference season on Wednesday night by winning a doubleheader against the Washington Lady Blue Lions. The two wins by the Lady Indians saw them clinch a perfect FAC season, going 10-0 in conference play.

This past Friday in Greenfield, the Hillsboro Lady Indians clinched the outright FAC title with a win over the McClain Lady Tigers, and after two days’ worth of delays due to inclement weather, both the home and away games against the Washington Lady Blue Lions were played in Fayette County at the home of the Blue Lions.

The Lady Indians now have won a total of 14 conference championships in softball, with this being their first such title since 2002. This is also the first FAC championship in softball in program history, as the conference is in its fourth season.

The first 13 Hillsboro softball conference championships came from 1985-2002.

In the first game of the twin bill, Hillsboro dominated with a 15-3 win with Hillsboro starting things off with a 6-0 lead at the end of the first inning. HHS added one run in the top of the second, then three more runs in the top of the third for a 10-0 advantage.

From there, HHS led by a 14-0 score when they scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Washington responded with one run in the bottom of the fourth. In the fifth, the Lady Indians scored one run, and Washington added two runs to their final total.

For the first game, Hillsboro totaled 19 hits, while Washington collected four hits. Both teams each committed an error.

In the Game 1 win, Halle Reveal was 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Kinsey Gilliland finished 1-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Kenzie Dietrick went 3-for-3 with three runs, one walk and five RBI.

HHS wasn’t finished, as Kayla Roberts was 1-for-4 with one run and two RBI, and teammate Gracey Dearmon was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Also for HHS, Hannah Burton went 1-for-1 with one run scored.

Mallory Parsons finished 2-for-3 with two runs, and KaleyJo Myers was 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBI and one walk. Kelcie Thornburgh ended the game at 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI, while teammate Abigail Pettyjohn had a 2-for-4 day at the plate with one RBI.

Hillsboro hit five home runs in the game with Dietrick hitting two, and having one each were Dearmon, Myers and Roberts. Gilliland and Parsons each hit a double.

Parsons also had a sacrifice, while Myers and Parsons each had a steal.

Roberts was the winning pitcher, as the sophomore pitched five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks. Roberts ended the game with six strikeouts, as she threw a total of 87 pitches in the game one win.

In the nightcap of the twin bill for Hillsboro, they were the home team in the game played at Washington and won in walk-off fashion, winning by a 11-10 score to seal the perfect FAC season.

In a game that was five innings long, the Lady Indians began the bottom of the fifth trailing by a 10-4 score, but that all changed quickly.

The second pitch of the fifth inning saw Dietrick hit a home run to make it a 10-5 score. From there, Roberts hit a single to centerfield, and Roberts moved to second base on a groundout by Dearmon.

Next, Pettyjohn had a base hit past first base and went to second on the throw. In the same sequence, Roberts raced to third base.

Next was Myers reaching first base on an error, which allowed Roberts to cross home plate and moved Pettyjohn to third base. With Emma Taylor in as a pinch runner for Myers, Thornburgh had a base hit that scored Pettyjohn, bringing the Lady Indians to a 10-7 deficit.

With one out on the board, Reveal also reached on an error, moving Taylor to third base and Thornburgh to second. HHS, still at the plate, saw Bre Karnes draw a six-pitch walk with the bases loaded, scoring Taylor.

Down two runs, Gilliland made the score a one-run differential when she hit a pop-up to shortstop (Karnes out at second), scoring Thornburgh. Gilliland stole second base, and Dietrick drew a walk.

Then came the moment that clinched the perfect season, as Roberts singled to centerfield, scoring Reveal from third and Gilliland from second for the 11-10 win.

Getting to the seven-run fifth inning first saw HHS trail 3-1 at the end of the first. From there, Washington built a 5-1 lead after two innings, and after each team scored three runs in the third, the Washington lead was four runs at 8-4. Neither team scored a run in the fourth, and HHS outscored Washington 7-2 in the fifth.

Washington totaled 12 hits in game two, while the Lady Indians had 11 hits. Washington finished with three errors in the second game, and HHS had four errors.

Burton started the game for HHS as she pitched three innings, totaling 64 pitches. She allowed eight runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks.

Reveal was the winning pitcher with two innings of relief. She threw a total of 32 pitches, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk. She also struck out two batters.

At the plate for the Lady Indians, Karnes scored one run with one RBI and two walks. Gilliland went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.

Dietrick finished 1-for-2 with one run, one RBI and two walks. Roberts was 3-for-4 at the plate, with two runs and three RBI.

Hillsboro’s game two win also saw Dearmon go 1-for-3 with one run, and she collected three RBI.

Pettyjohn was 1-for-1 with one run scored. Myers finished 2-for-3 at the plate for the Lady Indians, and Thornburgh was 1-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Reveal finished with one run scored. Taylor also scored one run in the FAC win.

Dietrick and Dearmon both hit a home run in game two of the doubleheader. Gilliland, Roberts (two) and Dearmon all had stolen bases.

The win moves HHS to a perfect 10-0 in the FAC season, but they are now 19-3 overall in 2021.

Their next game is a non-conference game scheduled for Friday, May 7 at home against the Western Brown Lady Broncos at 5 p.m. From there, they are scheduled to wrap up their regular season on Saturday, May 8 at home against the Peebles Lady Indians in a non-conference doubleheader, starting at noon.