Trojans’ Cinderella day ends one inning too late

The Hillsboro Trojans felt the joy and the pain of last-inning comebacks Wednesday at the Class 3A regional baseball tournament at Southeast of Saline.

The pain will be remembered more, as the fourth-seeded Trojans let an 8-3 lead slip through their fingers in the bottom of the seventh inning and lost to second-seeded Southeast of Saline, 9-8.

Hillsboro built a 5-0 lead through five innings behind the solid pitching of Jerod Metcalf. But Metcalf reached his limit of innings after five, leaving Layne Frick and Dustin Jost to the close the door, but in the end the pair couldn’t get it done.

To get the the championship game, though, the Trojans made a phenomenal comeback of their own, scoring seven runs with two outs in their last at-bats to beat No. 1 seeded Lyons, 16-12 in a wild, see-saw game.

With the championship loss, Hillsboro ends its season with a 17-6 record.

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