Photos By: James Wagler
It is one long bus ride to Malvern High School.
The Hiland Lady Hawks definitely had plenty of fun things to talk about on the way home.
Hiland figured it might as well make the trip worthwhile Tuesday, April 28, when they faced the Hornets on the softball field.
One night after getting one-hit versus state powerhouse Strasburg, Hiland took its revenge against a more manageable foe in Malvern, doling out a delicious 13-1 pummeling of Malvern that made for a much more enjoyable trip home.
For a 13-1 victory, this one didn’t seem like it was all that easy.
Through three innings, Hiland led just 2-1. However, the floodgates were opened in the top of the fourth, when Hiland batted around and produced a whopping 10-run inning, stunning the Hornets with an onslaught of hits.
In the first inning, Brittany Wengerd tripled off the wall in center and scored on Allison Aleshire’s base hit.
Malvern answered with an unearned run of its own, but Hiland retook the lead in the third when Aleshire single, stole second and scored on Hayley Schrock’s single.
Then came the onslaught that was the fourth inning, an inning that Malvern would sooner forget, and the Lady Hawks would love to duplicate.
It began with a Megan Kandel double. Ryan then singled her over to third, and Kandel scored when Ashley Weaver reached on a fielder’ choice. Weaver stole second, Erin Weaver walked and Kesley Mast’s single plated another run.
Wengerd then mashed a double to score two more, putting runners on second and third, but they didn’t stay there long, as Aleshire smoked a double to score both to make it 8-1.
Oh, but the Lady Hawks were only getting started.
After Schrock grounded out, Lindsey Yoder singled in a run, followed by Kandel’s second hit of the inning, a ringing double to left. Ryan duplicated that hit, and after Ashley Weaver reached via error, Hiland had accumulated its10 run inning.
“we scored 10 runs against Akron North in one inning, but that wasn’t saying much,” said Hiland coach Erica Glasener, referring o the 23-walk game over North that resulted in an ugly 20-3 win. In that game Hiland had just three hits. “”We couldn’t put the bat on the ball in that game because the ball hardly ever came across the plate.”
It did in this one, and the Lady Hawks crushed out 15 hits to definitely earn their 10-run inning and their big win.
Aleshire went the distance for Hiland, throwing a three-hitter, striking out six and allowing just two walks and one unearned run. In addition, she was money at the plate, going 4-for-4, scoring three times and driving in three runs and even stealing a pair of bases in what was as close to a perfect game on both the mound and at the plate as one could hope for.
Aleshire got plenty of offensive help in this one. Brittany Wengerd banged out a pair of hits, scored two and drove in a pair, Lindsey Yoder also had two hits, scored a run and drove in two, Megan Kandel drove home a run and scored twice on two hits, as did Makayla Ryan.
Every single Lady Hawks player either scored a run or drove in a run in the fourth inning alone as Hiland picked up its third win of the season and second in Inter-Valley Conference play.