Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:13
Hillsboro found itself on either side of one-run games in a doubleheader split with Kingman Thursday at Memorial Field.
The Trojans (2-4) rallied from an 11-2 deficit after 71?2 innings before losing an 11-10 heartbreaker in Game 1, then came back from a 6-3 deficit after 51?2 innings in Game 2 to defeat the Eagles 7-6 in eight innings.
Coach Doug Dick said he liked the way his team battled from behind in the late innings.
“The guys never gave up,” he said. “I just wish we could have pulled out the first game, too. We almost did.”
Kingman got to starter Hillsboro Lucas Sinclair for five runs in the first two innngs of Game 1. But the junior settled in and gave up only one more run before David Nelson relieved him to start the sixth. The Eagles then jumped on Nelson for six runs for the 11-2 lead.
But the Trojans came back with five runs in the bottom of the inning on two hit batters, two Kingman errors and three base hits, including a back-to-back triple and home run by Nathan Unruh and Aaron Wintermote.
After Nelson shut down Kingman in the top of the seventh, Hillsboro scored three more times on an error, a single by Wintermote, a walk, a sacrifice fly by Luke Moore that brought in one run, and then an error on a ball hit by Sinclair that enabled two more runs to cross the plate for the 11-10 score.
Kingman finally got the final out with Trojan runners at first and second.
With Hillsboro trailing 6-3 in Game 2, David Dick was hit by a pitch leading off the sixth and eventually scored on a base-loaded walk to Moore with no outs. But Derek Kelsey struck out, Sinclair flied out to center and Cody Delk, the runner on third, was thrown out trying to score on the play to end the rally.
Hillsboro tied the game with two more runs in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single with the bases loaded by Dick followed by a sacrifice fly by Kyle Ogle. After Moore walked to load the bases again, Kingman got the third out on a throw to the plate for the force out.
Hillsboro scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a walk to Kale Arnold followed by a wild pitch and then a single by Unruh, who went 3-for-5 for the night with three RBIs.
Arnold (2-0) went the distance on the mound for the Trojans, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out seven Eagles.
Coming—Hillsboro was scheduled to host Lyons on Tuesday, then will travel to Halstead for a doubleheader on Friday. Game time is 4:30 p.m.