In her 17 previous pitching appearances this year, Hillsboro senior Kai Hanner had been near perfect several times, giving up just one hit on five separate occasions. On Monday, May 6, Hanner struck the near from that statement.
The Hiltopper hurler struck out 14 batters in a five-inning perfect game, allowing no hits, no walks and no base runners in Hillsboro's 13-0 win over Greenville.
Only one hitter would even get the bat on the ball, Camille Edwards, who sent a grounder to right field that Claire Tester fielded cleanly and gunned to Chloe Beck at first to preserve the perfecto.
Hanner's success on the mound nearly overshadowed a stellar performance by the Hillsboro offense, who pounded out 16 hits in five innings.
Four of those hits came in the first inning, which started with Haley Major drawing a leadoff walk. Katie Schaake would single to move Major to third after the Topper sophomore stole second base earlier in the at-bat. Schaake would also steal second, giving Hillsboro runners on second and third with no outs.
Hanner would help herself out with a single that drove in Major and Schaake, with the HHS senior moving to second on an error by the Comets. Greenville would get the next two outs, but a single by Chloe Beck drove in the third run of the inning to give Hillsboro the early lead.
The Toppers would add two more runs in the second inning after Sheridan Lyerla tripled, Beck reached on a fielder's choice and Meagan Jorn singled to drive in both runners.
Hillsboro's big inning would come in the eighth as they sent 13 batters to the plate. A walk to Hanner was followed by back-to-back singles by Shelby Houchlei and Lyerla, with Houchlei and Hanner scoring on a double by Beck for her third RBI of the game.
Alexis Wolf would pop a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Lylera and Jorn would pick up her third RBI with a single that plated Beck.
Greenville would get the second out of the inning on another pop fly to center, but Major kept the run going with a triple that plated Jorn and made it a 10-0 game.
Back-to-back doubles by Schaake and Hanner and consecutive singles by Houchlei and Lyerla would drive in three more runs and give Hillsboro an insurmountable lead.
The Toppers would go down in order in the fifth, but Hanner K'ed the final three batters to pick up the win, Hillsboro's 23rd in 26 games.
Lyerla would finish with three of Hillsboro's 16 hits, while Jorn, Hanner, Major, Schaake, Houchlei and Beck would have two hits apiece.
May 6 at Greenville
Hillsboro 302 80 13 16 0
Greenville 000 00 0 0 2
Hillsboro IP R ER H K BB
W-Hanner 5 0 0 0 14 0
Greenville IP R ER H K BB
L-Long 5 13 13 16 2 2
Multiple Hits: Hillsboro - Sheridan Lyerla (3-4, 2R), Meagan Jorn (2-2, 1R, 3RBI), Kai Hanner (2-3, 3R, 2RBI), Haley Major (2-3, 2R, 1RBI), Katie Schaake (2-4, 2R, 1RBI), Shelby Houchlei (2-4, 1R, 1RBI), Chloe Beck (2-4, 1R, 3RBI). 2B: Hillsboro - Kai Hanner 1, Katie Schaake 1, Chloe Beck 1. 3B: Hillsboro - Haley Major 1, Sheridan Lyerla 1.
Records: Hillsboro (23-3, 8-0), Greenville (3-21, 1-8).