No. 2-ranked Hillsboro stays hot
The Hillsboro softball team can't lose.
The Spartans (9-0, 17-1) stayed red-hot with four more wins over the past week, beginning with a victory over La Salle and ending with a 4-0, 10-inning shutout of No. 12-ranked Rex Putnam.
McKenzie Staub continues to dazzle in the circle. During the stretch, she hurled 27 innings, allowing just one earned run on 14 hits while striking out 49 opposing batters.
Against Putnam, the junior pitcher pitched all 10 innings, allowing just three hits while striking out 18 and walking one.
Hillsboro's bats haven't exactly been quiet, either, as they tallied 33 hits over their last four games.
Remarkably, Staub led the way at the plate as well, going 9-for-15 with 8 RBIs and 7 runs scored.
In addition to Staub, the Spartans have been lethal throughout the lineup, with help from both Kiara and Kylee McCrea, Natalee Dold, and the rest of a Hillsboro order that contributes one through nine.
Against Putnam Monday, April 29, the Spartans and Kingsmen remained in a scoreless battle until the 10th inning, when Hillsboro struck for four runs. After Chelsey Kinney was placed on second to start the inning as part of softball's extra-inning rules, Kiara McCrea led off with a bunt single to put runners on first and third. Her sister Kylee singled to right to drive in the game's first run, setting up a bases-clearing double by Staub to put Hillsboro on top 3-0. Natalee Dold swiftly made it a 4-0 game with an RBI single to right, then Staub put Putnam down in order in the bottom of the 10th to finish the game.
Staub led the Hillsboro offense, going 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.
The Spartans will next host Milwaukie at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.