Hillsboro's Halle Reveal runs toward home to score the Lady Indians' first run of their sectional semifinal against Washington Monday. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
Hillsboro's Halle Reveal runs toward home to score the Lady Indians' first run of their sectional semifinal against Washington Monday. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
HILLSBORO — The Hillsboro Lady Indians let the Washington Lady Blue Lions get to within one run of tying the score in the fourth inning of their Division II SE District Sectional semifinal game on Monday at Alice Cassner Field. That was as close as the visitors got to the lead, as Hillsboro scored nine unanswered runs in the final two innings for a 14-4 run-rule five-inning win.

The victory by Hillsboro not only advances the No. 3 seeded Lady Indians to a sectional final game, but it was their third win over Washington in less than a week, as the Lady Indians clinched a perfect FAC season against the Lady Blue Lions last Thursday in Fayette County.

HHS went undefeated against their conference counterparts this season, and on Monday night, it was more of the same as they out-hit the Washington club, 17-3, while Washington also committed three errors and Hillsboro had none.

Hillsboro led 5-0 after the first two innings with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, followed by three runs in the bottom of the second.

Halle Reveal led off the Hillsboro first inning with a double to left field the second pitch of the at-bat. Next was a double from Kinsey Gilliland for an RBI, scoring Reveal and a one-run advantage.

Gilliland moved to third on a groundout by Kenzie Dietrick, and Gilliland scored on a base hit to right field from Kenzie Roberts and a 2-0 lead. Following the second out, Mallory Parsons doubled to left field, moving Roberts to third base. They were left stranded on the bases as the third out was recorded.

The bottom of the second saw the Lady Indians score three two-out runs, as the first two batters were retired in order. Reveal kept the inning going on a single to centerfield. She moved to third base off a base hit by Gilliland. The bases were loaded when Dietrick drew a seven-pitch walk.

All three base runners crossed home plate when Roberts smashed a double to centerfield for not only three RBI, but the HHS lead went to 5-0.

Neither team scored a run in the third inning, and in the top of the fourth the Lady Lions added four runs to their side of the scoreboard, making it a 5-4 score after the top half of the fourth was finished.

Though Washington scored four runs in their half of the fourth, Hillsboro not only equaled that feat, but doubled up on the effort by putting eight runs on the board, building their lead to 13-4.

In all, HHS sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth with Gilliland leading off the inning with a single to left field. Next, Dietrick singled, and Gilliland went to second base. Roberts doubled to centerfield, scoring both Gilliland and Dietrick for a 7-4 advantage. That lead then went to 8-4 when Gracey Dearmon went to first base on a single, and Roberts scored on a throw to second base, where Dearmon was called safe.

Parsons reached the bases on an error, and the bases were loaded with no outs following a single from KaleyJo Myers. Kelcie Thornburgh doubled to left field on a fly ball, plating Dearmon and Parsons and increasing the HHS lead to 10-4. Following the first out of the inning, Reveal hit a single to right field, scoring Myers, while giving the Lady Indians a nine-run lead.

Still in the bottom of the fourth, Gilliland had another hit, as a single sailed to centerfield, scoring both Thornburgh and Reveal for the 13-4 advantage.

Hillsboro’s final run to end the sectional semifinal game came when Thornburgh reached the bases on an error, scoring Parsons (who singled with one out) from third base for the 14-4 run-rule victory.

Hillsboro had three players with at least three hits in the win, as Gilliland finished 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBI. Reveal was 3-for-4 with three runs and one RBI. Roberts went 3-for-4 with one run and six RBI for Hillsboro.

Parsons finished 2-for-4 with two runs. Having one hit each were Dietrick (two runs, one walk), Dearmon (one run, one RBI), Myers (one run) and Thornburgh (one run, two RBI).

Roberts was also the winning pitcher, as she pitched all five innings (92 pitches). She allowed four earned runs on three hits and four walks. The sophomore finished with 10 strikeouts.

Next for the Hillsboro Lady Indians is the sectional final game to be played on Wednesday, May 12 at home against the No. 11 seeded Circleville Logan Elm Lady Braves at 5 p.m. Logan Elm defeated No. 6 seeded Waverly, 13-3 on Monday.