Trojans take two from Warriors, 5-2, 16-2

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Hillsboro followed a close 5-2 win with a 16-2 route for a

doubleheader sweep of Marion Friday on the Warriors? home field.



In the opener, Hillsboro?s Layne Frick and Marion?s Jeremy Hanes

locked up in a pitching duel that wasn?t decided until the last out.



With the score tied 2-2 through five innings, Hillsboro squeezed into

the lead when Nathan Fish stroked a one-out single, then moved to

second on a walk to Jeremy Loewen. Frick helped his own cause with an

RBI single that scored Fish.



Hillsboro added a couple of insurance runs in the seventh. Daniel Funk

led off with a single. After Kane Adams struck out, Tyson Ratzlaff

doubled, scoring Funk. Ratzlaff then scored on a single by Fish.



Frick allowed only four hits and struck out four in seven innings to

raise his record to 4-0. Only one Marion run was earned.



In the nightcap, the Trojans erupted for an eight-run third inning to

break open a 2-0 game.



Hillsboro had only four hits in the inning, but was helped by a walk

and three Warrior errors. Grant Brubacher and James Bina each drove in

two runs.



The Trojans added six more runs in the fifth. Ratzlaff?s two-run

single highlighted a four-hit uprising. For the game, the Trojan

second baseman went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in.



Also swinging a potent bat were Brubacher, who was 2-for-4 with four

RBIs, and Loewen, who went 3-for-4 with one RBI.



Freshman Dustin Jost (3-0) started the game with three and two-thirds

innings of hitless baseball. He allowed only two hits over

five-innings.



Jost was touched for two runs in the fifth when he walked the bases

full, then gave up a two-out, two-run double to Jamey Cooper.



Clay Center?Hillsboro?s hot bats were abruptly?and completely?shut

down April 25 when Clay Center?s David Ouellette threw a five-inning,

no-hit 10-0 game at the Trojans to end Hillsboro?s win streak at nine

games.



Hillsboro won the opener in more traditional fashion, 15-9, with two

runs batted in from Grant Brubacher, Daniel Funk and Nathan Fish.



Combine Ouellette?s no-hitter, the first thrown at the Trojans in the

two-year history of the program, with seven errors by Hillsboro and

you have one unhappy coach.



?This was the ugliest performance I have seen in two seasons for HHS

baseball,? coach Phil Oelke said. ?It seems at this level, and

sometimes the next level, that if players don?t hit well they take it

on the field with them and it impacts their defensive play.



?Even if we had been hitting the ball, it would have been tough to win

with the number of errors that were committed,? he added.



Freshman Jerod Metcalf took the loss, his first after opening with two

impressive wins. He allowed 10 runs?only five earned?on five hits.



?Metcalf didn?t throw a bad game, but we struggled with our fielding,?

Oelke said.



The first game was business as usual for Hillsboro: high scoring. The

Trojans started slowly, though, trailing 2-0 after two innings.



But the Trojans opened the third with consecutive walks to Ronn Coates

and Brubacher. Corey Thiessen reached on an error, scoring Coates, who

had stolen second and third. Brubacher then scored on a wild pitch.



After Funk walked, Kane Adams struck out and James Bina flied out.

Jeremy Loewen walked to keep the inning going. Then Fish smacked a

two-run single and Layne Frick followed with another RBI single to

give Hillsboro a 5-2 lead.



After Clay Center tied the game in the bottom of the third, the

Trojans came back with four runs, punctuated with RBI hits by Funk and

Bina.



Hillsboro put the game away in the sixth with five more runs.

Brubacher, Thiessen and Funk contributed consecutive RBI hits to fuel

the surge.



Fish, who pitched all seven innings, gave up eight earned runs on 10

hits and three walks, but Oelke was pleased with his performance.



?Nathan threw another solid game for us,? Oelke said. ?I wasn?t very

pleased with our defense and we didn?t hit the ball very well.

However, the kids did what they needed to do to win the game.?



Hillsboro was scheduled to host a tough Wichita Collegiate team

yesterday. Next Tuesday, they?ll close out their regular season with a

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