Hinton softball got back to a .500 record with a 10-1 win over Gehlen Catholic on Wednesday night.
The night started off right away for the Blackhawks scoring six runs in the first inning. The Blackhawks batted 10 in the first with the highlight coming with the bases loaded and Aubree Lake lacing double that scored all three runs. Lake went on to drive in another run late in the game to finish with four for the night. Hinton Head Coach Jennifer Jacobs-List says the strong offensive night came from her team being disciplined at the dish.
Gehlen Catholic had a response for the Blackhawks in the second inning getting a run to come across on a Rylee Schnepf fielder’s choice. Outside of that, the Jays were shut down. The second inning is the only inning the Jays could get a base runner aboard. Gehlen Head Coach Tony Gunter says his team was too hesitant in the box.
On the other side, Jadyn Case was dealing for the Blackhawks. She allowed only one hit in the second inning, one run, and struck out nine. She also retired the final 17 Jays she faced in the game in a row. Coach Jacobs-List says this was just another typical Jadyn Case outing that they’ve been able to enjoy for a few years now.
For the Jays, freshman Addie Konz got the start. She allowed six runs in the first and another four in the fourth inning. Outside of the big innings, she was able to put up zeroes and keep the Blackhawks of the scoreboard. Coach Gunter says those innings are things that Konz can use to build confidence.
Hinton improves to 4-4 on the year with the win. The Blackhawks started the year 0-3 against good competition and have since gone 4-1 to build some momentum. The Blackhawks have Western Christian up next on their schedule, and Coach Jacobs-List says, for the momentum to continue, the Blackhawks need to be strong on defense.
Gehlen Catholic fell to 1-4 with the loss. The Jays get a day off before a game at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Friday and the CYO Tournament on Saturday in Carroll. Coach Gunter says his team is looking forward to the CYO Tournament because it gives his team good low-stress competition.
Aubree Lake was the top run producer for the Blackhawks with four RBIs. Ashlyn Kovarna also knocked in three runs going 1-3 with a double. Rylee Schnepf had the lone RBI for Gehlen Catholic.