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Overton Too Tough as Hilltoppers Drop a Pair

By Joe Burlingame
Special Contributor

 The Hillwood High School’s varsity baseball team took on undefeated district leader John Overton High School in a home/away series and fell victim to the Bobcats big bats.

 Hillwood fell 17-6 on Monday and again 11-6 on Tuesday.  Normally six runs would be enough for a win with the Hilltopper’s pitching staff, but not against Overton.

 Hillwood watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 17-6 loss to Overton on Monday. Overton scored on a single by Guzman and a double by Crow in the first inning.

 Hillwood collected five hits and Overton had ten in the high-scoring affair.

 Overton scored eight runs in the fourth inning. The big inning was driven by an error on a ball put in play by Baker and Gennari, a walk by Mast, a single by Guzman, and a sac fly by Gunnels.

 Eli Hall took the loss for Hillwood. He lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing nine hits and 14 runs while striking out four.

 James Galloway led Hillwood Topper Varsity with two hits in two at bats.

 On Tuesday, in the first inning, Overton got their offense started. Gennari grounded out, scoring one run.

 Hillwood tallied four runs in the fifth inning. The big inning was thanks to a groundout by Zion Tate and a double by Terry Swift.

 Overton scored three runs in the seventh inning. Overton scored its runs on a groundout by Mast.

 Baker took the win for Overton. He lasted five innings, allowing three hits and five runs while striking out two. Langley threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.

 Swift took the loss for Hillwood. He lasted five and two-thirds innings, allowing eight hits and eight runs while striking out four.

 Swift led the Toppers with two hits in four at bats.

 Overton tallied ten hits on the day. Langley and Mast all managed multiple hits for Overton. Langley went 3-for-5 at the plate to lead Overton.