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Indians drop 3 recent games

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

The Hillsboro Indians baseball team have lost three recent games, including a doubleheader on Saturday and their Frontier Athletic Conference opener on Monday evening. 

Over the weekend, the Indians hosted two games at Hillsboro High School for the Whiteoak Deb’s Wooden Bat Classic, where HHS lost to Rock Hill 5-4 in a play at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, and to Trimble in the consolation round of the tournament. 

Against Rock Hill on Saturday (March 30), the Indians had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the seventh when the runner attempted to steal home on a squeeze play, but was caught stealing, ending the game with Rock Hill winning by one run. 

Rock Hill led 1-0 after the first inning and built a two-run advantage with a run in the top of the third. From there, RHHS extended their lead to 4-0 following a two-run top of the fifth inning. 

The Indians didn’t back down as they built a four-run bottom of the sixth inning, tying the score. Rock Hill regained the lead with a squeeze play of their own, stealing home for the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning. 

Rock Hill totaled six hits and committed one error, while the Indians also had six hits and committed two errors. 

Nic Burns finished 2-for-3 with a double, one walk, and two steals. Jackson Cornele also finished 2-for-3 with a run, two RBI, one walk and a steal. 

Walker Pence finished 1-for-3 for HHS with one run, one RBI, one walk, a double and a steal. Also with a hit for HHS was Brayden Oberrecht, who was 1-for-3. 

The Indians also saw Brayden Hunter finish with a run, a HBP and a steal. Ben Miller forced one walk, Peyton Aber had one RBI, Ashton Clemons forced a walk and had a steal, and Gavin Greer was hit by a pitch. 

HHS had three pitchers take the mound vs. Rock Hill, where Hunter allowed no runs or hits and collected a strikeout in 0.2 innings. 

Miller pitched four innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, a wild pitch and a HBP. He totaled seven strikeouts against Rock Hill. 

Oberrecht pitched 2.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits, and he struck out five batters. 

    101 020 1 — 5 6 1
HHS    000 004 0 — 4 6 2

In their second game on Saturday (March 30) the Indians lost to Trimble, 5-2 at Hillsboro High School. 

The Indians totaled nine hits and committed one error, while Trimble had seven hits and one error. 

Hillsboro had two batters with two hits apiece, including Burns at 2-for-3, and Zack Brown at 2-for-3 with one walk and three steals. 

Greer finished 1-for-1 (a double), while Hunter was 1-for-4 with one RBI. Cornele was also 1-for-4. Oberrecht ended the game at 1-for-2 with one walk and a steal. Clemons was 1-for-3 with a run and a steal. 

Also for the Indians, Wesley Bailey scored a run, Pence collected one RBI and a walk, Miller had a steal and Logan Zurface forced a walk. 

On the mound for Hillsboro, Zach Burwinkel pitched 0.2 innings, allowing no runs on one hit, and he had one strikeout. Aber pitched 0.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on two hits, and he also collected a strikeout. 

Zurface pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits. Clemons pitched four innings, allowing no runs on one hit and a HBP. Clemons finished with three strikeouts. 

Scoring in the game saw Trimble score three runs in the top of the fifth, followed by two runs in the top of the seventh inning. 

Hillsboro scored one run in the fifth inning and one run in the bottom of the seventh. 

    000 030 2 — 5 7 1
HHS    000 100 1 — 2 9 1

Monday (April 1) was the FAC opener for the Indians, where visiting Chillicothe defeated HHS, 8-4. 

The Cavaliers scored three runs in the top of the first for a 3-0 lead, and after each team scored two runs in the second inning, the Cavs were in front by a 5-2 score. HHS added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 5-4 deficit.

Chillicothe added to their lead with three runs in the top of the fourth to complete the scoring for the conference game. 

CHS ended the game with seven hits and two errors, while the Indians finished with six hits and three errors. 

Hillsboro in the loss saw Brown finish 2-for-3 with two runs, one RBI and a steal. Hunter was also 2-for-3 with a run, one RBI and three steals. 

The Indians also had Pence finish 1-for-4 with a run and a steal, while teammate Miller was 1-for-3 with a steal. 

Also for HHS, Burwinkel collected one RBI, and Clemons drew a walk. 

Oberrecht pitched five innings allowing eight runs (three earned) on seven hits, one walk, and two HBP. Oberrecht collected four strikeouts. 

Nate Lane pitched two innings, allowing no runs on zero hits with one walk and four strikeouts. 

The losses send Hillsboro to an overall record of 0-5 this season.

    320 300 0 — 8 7 2
HHS    022 000 0 — 4 6 3

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