Brittni Freed crushed a first-inning two-run home run that gave the Hinton girls' softball team a 4-0 lead over Spalding Catholic and it was smooth sailing from there for the Blackhawks as they picked up a 14-2 five-inning win over the Spartans Friday in Granville.
Spalding tried to keep the game close with two runs in its half of the first inning to cut Hinton's lead to 4-2, but the Blackhawks plated five runs in the fourth to break the game open. Tara Christensen, Delainye Hardersen and Heidi Hageman all had RBI singles in the inning to lead the Hinton charge.
Hageman collected two more RBIs in the fifth, Shelby Birocci slugged a two-RBI single and Steph Dittmer drove in a run on an RBI double as the Blackhawks pounded out five more runs in the fifth as all but one player in the Hinton lineup had a hit in the game.
Hinton had 12 hits as a team, led by Hageman with three hits and four RBIs. Christensen had two hits and an RBI and Hardersen added a pair of hits in the win.
"All the RBI hits we had needed during the past week seemed to bunch themselves up in one game," said Hinton coach Phil Skamser. "I think the girls finally relaxed at the plate and didn't let the pressure effect them."
Allyssa Eickholt earned the win on the mound, allowing no earned runs on one hit and two walks while striking out one over five innings of work.
"The girls played well enough on defense and Allyssa Eickholt pitched a smart game," said Skamser. "Hopefully we can take this momentum into a busy week when we have four games lying ahead of us."
Hinton (15-11, 8-5) will begin its busy week Tuesday at home in a War Eagle Conference game with Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn.