With dramatic comeback, Trojans finish 17-3

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Grant Brubacher?s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning

scored Justin Friesen to give Hillsboro a dramatic 10-9

come-from-behind win over Canton-Galva and a sweep of their

doubleheader Tuesday at the Tabor College field.



The Trojans came from behind in less dramatic fashion to win the

opener, 7-3.



In the nightcap, the Trojans had dug themselves into a 9-4 hole,

thanks in large part to eight Trojan errors. Only three of

Canton-Galva?s runs were earned.



Despite the shaky fielding, the Trojans did not roll over.



In the seventh, Brubacher, Tyson Ratzlaff and Daniel Funk led off with

walks against Eagles pitcher Jeremy Heim.



After James Bina struck out, Kane Adams drove in Brubacher and

Ratzlaff on an error by Lane Peterson. Nathan Fish, Justin Friesen and

Shawn Hughbanks followed with consecutive singles.



Jeremy Loewen then walked, setting up Brubacher?s fly ball to right

field that scored Friesen with the 10th and winning run of the game.



Layne Frick, who started the game on the mound for Hillsboro,

struggled with his control. He gave up four runs on four walks and two

hits, and also committed two errors that led to a pair of Eagle runs

in the second inning.



The Trojans committed six of their eight errors in the first two

innings.



Jost relieved Frick with no one out in the second, and gave up five

runs?only two of them earned?over the next five innings.



Jerod Metcalf (4-1) pitched the seventh inning, allowed only one

baserunner, and was credited with the win.



In the first game, the Eagles staked themselves to a 3-0 lead in the

third inning. Fish walked Kirk Jones and Bryon Smith, then gave up

one-out RBI singles to Darren Anderson and Jeremy Heim.



Hillsboro came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Hughbanks led off with a single and scored on a triple by Loewen.



After Brubacher popped out, Ratzlaff followed with another triple,

driving in Loewen. Ratzlaff then scored on a sacrifice fly by Funk.



The Trojans took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth.

Hughbanks walked to lead off, but was forced at second base on a

ground ball by Loewen.



After Brubacher walked, Loewen scored on a single by Ratzlaff. Funk

walked, then Bina singled in Brubacher for a 5-3 Trojan lead.



The Trojans got their final two runs in the fifth inning on RBI

singles by Friesen and Loewen.



Fish (5-1) pitched six innings, giving up four hits and walking six

along the way. Jost pitched the seventh inning and was credited with

his first save of the season.



With the wins, Hillsboro finished its second regular season with an

impressive 17-3 record and a No. 1 seed in this week?s regional

tournament in Gypsum.



Hillsboro is scheduled to play Hoisington/Herington???? at 1 p.m.

today. If they win that game, the Trojans can earn a state berth with

a victory over the winner of the other semifinal game between

Southeast of Saline and Beloit, which is to begin at 3 p.m. The

championship game

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