PREP SOFTBALL: Hickman and Tolton keep win streaks alive, Rock Bridge loses

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Hickman’s offense got off to a great start in the first inning and never looked back as they kept their undefeated streak alive, defeating crosstown rival Battle 8-1 in seven innings on Tuesday.

The Kewpies’ three-run first, capped off by a two-RBI double by junior Brooke Green, set the tone for the team’s offense. While Battle would respond with a run of its own in the bottom of the first, thatwould be the only run Hickman’s defense allowed.

Hickman’s bats stayed alive in the top of the second, as hits by juniors Avery Throckmorton and Emily Kinggave senior Sydney Hollrah the opportunity to smash a ball offBattle pitcher Sam Schupp to the wall, bringing in three of the four runs scored during the inning.

Hickman had 11 hits for the game. Throckmorton, King, Hollrah and junior Tara Haeussler all had two hits.

Starting in the bottom of the second, Hickman junior pitcher Abby Hurtado retired 18 out of 19 batters she faced. At one point, Hurtado retired nine Battle players in a row on her way to a second-straight complete game victory.

Battle brought in sophomore pitcher Mya McCubbin for relief in the top of the third inning. McCubbin would allow one run on five hits, also striking out six.

Hickman coach Courtney Haskell said the defense stuck out during her team’s victory.

“I thought Abby Hurtado pitched really well,” Haskell said. “I thought Athena made a lot of good plays at third and Tara had a lot of good plays at second.”

Hurtado also gave credit to the team’s defense for helping her out during her time on the mound.

“Our defense was working really well for us tonight. We didn’t have any errors,” Hurtado said. “We have really good team chemistry. We all work together really well.”

Battle coach Joe Henderson had some words of encouragement for his team in one of his trademark postgame speeches.

“We’re still over .500. We didn’t have a Rock Bridge moment,” Henderson said. “Be confident and be pissed off. Refuse, but make sure you channel it correctly.”

Hickman improves to 9-0 on the season. The Kewpies will play in the Capital City tournament this weekend, starting at 2 p.m. Friday

Battle falls to 6-5 on the season. The Spartans next game is 5 p.m. Monday against Smith-Cotton at home.

Tolton victorious in extra innings

Toltonwon for the fourth-straight game, defeating St. Francis Borgia 4-2 in nine innings on Tuesday.

Despite giving up five hits and two runs, pitcher Paige Bedsworth continued her dominant play on the mound, striking out 16 batters in her second complete-game win in as many days.

St. Francis Borgia got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring one run. Tolton responded in the top of the sixth inning when Courtney Widmer scored on a fielder’s choice by Emily Lawler.

Widmer gave the Trailblazers the lead in the top of the eight with a home run, but St. Francis Borgia responded with a home run of its own in the bottom of the eighth.

Emily Konrad gave Tolton the lead in the top of the ninth inning with a bunt that scored Bedsworth and pinch runner Olivia Mobley. With two outs and runners on second and third base, Bedsworth struck out the last batter to end the game.

Tolton improves to 6-3 on the season. Its next game is at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Dominic.

Rock Bridge loses in extra innings

The Bruins couldn’t capitalizeon Monday’s win, losing to Jefferson City 7-3 in eight innings on Tuesday.

Rock Bridge tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh before Jefferson City scored four runs in the top of the eight. A two-run home run by Megan Green gave the Lady Jays the lead andthey never looked back.

Rock Bridge falls to 8-3 on the season. The Bruins will play next in the City Invitational starting at 3:45 p.m. Friday in Camdenton.

Supervising editor is Seth Bodine: sports@columbiamissourian.com, 882-5730.

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