Hillsboro scored two runs on only one hit in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 come-from-behind victory in the first game of a rescheduled doubleheader with Smoky Valley April 15.
Smoky Valley bounced back with a 5-1 victory in Game 2, leaving the Trojans with a 4-4 season record. The games were postponed by weather April 9.
In the opener, the Vikings jumped to a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh with a pair of runs off pitcher Lucas Sinclair, who was pitching in relief of starter Dylan Nelson.
With the Trojans on the ropes in potentially their last at-bat, Josh Funk, Hillsboro’s nine-hole hitter, opened the home half of the inning with a single to right center. David Dick then walked and Jordan Faul was safe at first on an error.
Faul scored on a sacrifice fly by Sinclair, then Dick scored the winning run on an error by the Viking shortstop.
Sinclair picked up his first victory of the year, throwing the final three innings. He gave up three runs on three hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Hillsboro struggled offensively against Viking starter Trevor Menke. Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third, the Trojans managed their only run when Sinclair reached on an error, advanced on a passed ball, then scored on a single by Kale Arnold.
Jakob Hanschu, making his first start of the season, took the loss. He allowed only two runs, both earned, in two innings. He gave up one hit but walked five Vikings. Josh Davidson pitched the final five innings, surrendering one earned run.
Coming—The Trojans’ games at Canton-Galva were postponed last Friday because the Eagles’ field was deemed too wet for play. At press time, a makeup date had not been announced.
Hillsboro was scheduled to host Sunrise Christian Academy for a pair of games Tuesday. The Trojans are scheduled to host Pratt Friday. Game time is 4:30 p.m.