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Hillsboro victorious against Goshen for 1st win of season

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

The Hillsboro Indians earned their first win of the 2024 baseball season, snapping a 13-game streak of losses by defeating the Goshen Warriors on Saturday by an 8-4 score for the non-conference win. 

Hillsboro (1-13) defeated Goshen by scoring runs in four of the seven innings, starting with a 3-2 lead after the first inning at Hillsboro High School was completed. The Indians added two more runs in the bottom of the second, and another two runs in the bottom of the third, for a 7-2 lead. Goshen added two runs in the top of the sixth inning, only to see the Indians score one final run in the bottom of the sixth inning. 

The Indians compiled 11 hits in the victory and committed four errors. Goshen had five hits and committed two errors. 

Nate Lane led the Indians with a three-hit performance, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs. The Indians had a second player with a three-hit day, as Brayden Hunter went 3-for-3 with three runs and he was hit by a pitch. Hunter also collected two doubles. 

Gavin Greer was 2-for-4 as the designated hitter, collecting two runs and two RBI, as one of his hits was a double. 

Walker Pence was 2-for-3 with one RBI, and he was hit by a pitch. 

Ashton Clemons finished 1-for-3 with a double and one steal. Zack Brown scored one run for Hillsboro (and he was HBP), while Jackson Cornele scored two runs and Ben Miller forced a walk. Cornele (two), Clemons and Brown all had steals. 

Brayden Oberrecht pitched seven innings in the win, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks, with nine strikeouts. He finished with 119 pitches, 75 for strikes. 

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HHS    302 201 x — 8 11 4

On Friday (April 19), the Indians lost to North Adams in non-conference play by a 5-4 score in extra innings. 

Hillsboro scored runs in two innings, with one run in the top of the first and three runs in the top of the sixth. North Adams scored two runs in both the second and third innings, and they scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth. 

The Indians totaled nine hits and committed six errors, while NAHS had eight hits and two errors. 

Wesley Bailey was 2-for-3 for the Indians with one run, and a double. Also with two hits was Nate Lane at 2-for-3 with two RBI. 

Having one hit each were Zack Brown (1-for-2), Brayden Hunter (1-for-3, a double, one RBI), Jackson Cornele (1-for-4, one run), Walker Pence (1-for-3, one run) and Brayden Oberrecht (1-for-3). Gavin Greer scored a run for the Indians.

Greer and Pence were each hit by a pitch, and collecting steals were Pence (two), Cornele, Lane and Peyton Aber. 

Ashton Clemons pitched five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts. 

Pence pitched 2.1 innings, allowing one run (unearned) on three hits and one walk with one strikeout. 

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NAHS    022 000 01 — 5 8 2

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