What was supposed to be a road game for Hilldale became a home game thanks to good ol’ Mother Nature. In three innings the Lady Hornets (10-1) put on an offensive display, routing the Lady Panthers of Stigler, 12-0.
Putting the ball on the bat early gave Hilldale (11-1, 3-0 District 4A-6) the edge right from the start, scoring 10 runs in the first inning. Stigler (5-8,0-4) couldn’t put up any offense against Drew Riddle, who allowed just one hit over the three innings.
The excitement in the first started off with a barrage of extra base hits. The entire Hornets line-up relentlessly made work of Stigler’s defense. Wood started the offense off with a double and it all blew up from there. Riddle, the star of the show, brought in five on a two-run double and a three-run blast over the right field wall.
She had a single in the third and finished 3-for-3 with the five RBIs.
When asked about her game, Riddle didn’t have much to say. She was just excited that her and her team was winning again.
Hilldale coach Darren Riddle did.
“We just did what we aim to do every game and that’s put numbers on the board early and often,” he said. “We had a tough one in Tuttle the other day and wanted to move on from that. We have some really great players and they did very well today.”
Celeste Wood was 2-for-3 as was Keely Ibarra, the latter who drove in a pair.
Madison Wood had Stigler’s only hit, two batters into the contest.