RIDDLE, HILLDALE BLANK BETHEL
Hilldale junior Destiny Riddle nearly completed a no-hitter for the second straight day and the top-ranked Hornets rolled past No. 6 Bethel 7-0 to win the Class 4A championship for the first time in school history.
Bethel (27-12) broke up the no-hitter in the seventh with a two-out double by Mikayla Whitten, but Riddle then got Kim Herren to ground out to shortstop Casady Mills for the final out.
“We didn't ever solve (her),” Bethel coach Tommy Block said. “Never did. We knew what we were supposed to do, but we didn't do it.”
Hilldale (35-5) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run triple by Sarah Hughey, who later homered in the fourth inning.
The play, though, was controversial after Bethel appeared to turn a double play to end the inning ahead of Hughey, but the catch by second baseman Shelby Miller was ruled a trap and the inning continued.
Riddle finished with 10 strikeouts for the Hornets, who do not have any seniors this season.
“It's overwhelming,” she said. “I can't even express how happy I am right now.”