As Hillsborough Parkway Beat Marquette To Reach The Final Of The Tournament, The Hilton Sisters Take Charge!

Kaylee Hilton, a junior at first base at Hillsboro High, might have been upset. She chose to chuckle instead when Ashley, her younger sister, and a freshman pitcher, ignored one of her pitch calls on Tuesday night.

Usually, Kaylee remarked, “I just think up something else for her to throw.” If she doesn’t like it, I don’t want her to chuck it. At ABC Park, the Hilton sisters were in unison.

In helping the Hawks defeat Marquette 6-3 in the Parkway Tournament semifinals, Ashley went the whole fifth inning without allowing a hit.

The championship matchup between Hillsboro (7-2) and Parkway West (4-1) will take place on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Cor Jesu was defeated by Parkway West 13-5 in the other semifinal.

Ashley Hilton shackled the hard-hitting Mustangs, who had scored 62 runs during their first four games this season after averaging 6.6 per game last autumn, with older sister Kaylee Hilton making the calls from first base.

Ashley, a left-handed pitcher, struck out 12 of the first 13 hitters she faced, giving her team a 4-0 advantage.

The Hilton sisters cooperated well, but Ashley “a couple of times” was able to get the better of her older sister, according to Kaylee.

Ashley stated, “I have to give her credit for how I was tonight. “Simply put, I feel at ease around her. She is well familiar with me.”

A first baseman rarely oversees the game from a pitching perspective. Typically, the calls are made by the catcher or one of the coaches in the dugout. But Kaylee, the Hawks’ go-to pitcher, knows how to assert herself in the circle.

The traditional method, according to Hillsboro coach Tish Naeger, “simply works best that way.” Since she herself is a pitcher, Kaylee “is always thinking out there.”

Although there has been the occasional argument over who in the family has the best arm, the two get along well off the field as well.

The two hurlers’ mother Melissa adds, “The best part is that they’re simply so opposite.” One performs one task more effectively, while the other excels at another.

Since Kaylee is the more difficult thrower of the two and had a 6-5 record with a 1.08 earned run average the previous season, she is probably the current No. 1.

As Hillsborough Parkway Beat Marquette To Reach The Final Of The Tournament, The Hilton Sisters Take Charge
As Hillsborough Parkway Beat Marquette To Reach The Final Of The Tournament, The Hilton Sisters Take Charge

Ashley uses a devastating changeup. In a complete game effort, she struck out seven batters and allowed just two runs, both earned. Her greatest pitch of the game came in the fifth inning when she used a changeup to stop a threat by freezing Marquette slugger Natalie Cox.

Ashley admitted that she was generally anxious but made an effort to calm down and breathe deeply. “I enjoy competing against strong teams like (Marquette). It enables me to exert myself.”

The Class 4 Hawks defeated a renowned Class 5 challenge by putting in a solid overall performance. With a 3-for-3 performance and three RBIs, junior Madelyn Shelby led the offense from the No. 9 slot in the batting order.

In the second inning, Shelby blooped a single to left to score the game’s second run. In the fifth, she added a two-run double to extend the advantage to 6-1.

Shelby remarked, “The whole lineup can hit.” Even our bunting was excellent.

In the opening two innings, Hillsboro used a small ball to score single runs against Mustangs senior star Maddie Carney, who had 12 strikeouts in six innings.

Before Kaylee Hilton scored the game’s opening run with a safety squeeze bunt to third, junior leadoff batter Lauren Nichols reached on a single, and Bailey Scallet drew a walk. With a leadoff hit in the second inning, Ashley Hilton ignited the rally before scoring on Shelby’s first hit of the game.

For the Hawks, who earlier in the day defeated Kirkwood 3-2 in a quarterfinal game, Scarlet added two hits and reached base three times.

Hillsboro advanced to 4-0 at the 16-team Parkway Tournament by winning three out of five games in the action-packed Sullivan Back To School Classic over the weekend.

Naeger stated, “We’re hoping to keep continuing. We’re making pretty good progress thus far.

Marquette defeated Pattonville 15-5 thanks to a home run by Cox in the quarterfinals. For the Mustangs, Grace Bonczek and Natalie Danner both got two hits.

According to Marquette coach John Meyer, “so far, we’ve been sort of sluggish starters, but our (at-bats) are getting better as we progress through the games.” But we must realize that we cannot do that when facing a competent pitcher.

Parkway West defeated Cor Jesu by scoring twice in the opening inning and never looking back. After losing to Marquette in their season opener, the Longhorns have won four straight games while outscoring their opponents 42-6.

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