Hilt slam sparks Kingsway

Emily Hilt runs to first after belting a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth as Kingsway assistant coach Jamie Minix celebrates. Hilt knocked in all of Kingsway's runs in the victory over GCIT in the Tri-County Royal softball game.
Emily Hilt runs to first after belting a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth as Kingsway assistant coach Jamie Minix celebrates. Hilt knocked in all of Kingsway's runs in the victory over GCIT in the Tri-County Royal softball game. (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer)
Posted: April 13, 2014

Emily Hilt didn't expect to hit a grand slam.

She also didn't expect, with her lack of speed, to advance a base on a wild pitch.

Hilt, a freshman designated player, knocked in all of her team's runs with one swing as host Kingsway topped GCIT, 4-3, in a Tri-County Conference Royal Division softball matchup Friday.

Hilt came up in the fourth inning after a walk and two singles had loaded the bases. It was the first home run of her high school career, and the first grand slam of her life.

"No matter what, I wanted to get on base," Hilt said. "I didn't care if I got hit. I didn't care if I got walked. I wanted to get on base.

"Home runs don't matter - just get on base. That's all I cared about. And that home run, when it went over that fence, it felt great."

Two innings later, Hilt, the self-described slowest player on the team, drew a walk. As she stood on first, there was a wild pitch. Hilt ran for second, awkwardly sliding headfirst and hugging the base. She was safe.

"I don't run," Hilt said. "I'll take anything I get when I run."

Hilt's batting helped her sister, senior Sarah Hilt, get the win. Sarah Hilt pitched six innings, allowing five hits and three runs and striking out three. Coach Tony Barchuk called Sarah Hilt the team's ace.

Both teams entered the matchup with 2-0 league records. Barchuk said he is pleased with how his team is playing early in the season.

"We just want to get better," he said. "We play with three seniors, so we have a lot of young kids, too, that we play. We just want our team to get better and better as we go along. And hopefully, if they do that, who knows what can happen?"

While Emily Hilt was topping her own expectations with her grand slam and baserunning, she also had defied those of others.

"Everyone expected her to be a little bit like me, but she's her own player," Sarah Hilt said. "She hits excellent, the best freshman I've ever seen in my life."

GCIT 000 102 0 - 3 5 1

Kingsway 000 400 x - 4 6 2

WP: Sarah Hilt. LP: Erynn Sobieski. 2B: GCIT-Kylie Lacerte, Caitlyn Newsome. HR: GCIT-Taylor Favinger; K-Emily Hilt.


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