Hillsboro baseball team drops doubleheader to Collegiate

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Even under ideal conditions, Hillsboro’s baseball team would have had its hands full with state-ranked Wichita Collegiate on Friday.

But with blustery northwest winds turning Memorial Field into a tarmac for outgoing fly balls, the Trojans were simply overmatched, losing both ends of a twinbill in five innings, 20-10 and 18-7.

The Spartans sent seven balls out of the park for home runs; to their credit, the Trojans stroked three. But the Spartans found too many other ways to score, too.

“Collegiate is a good team,” coach Tyler Marsh said. “I thought we played well enough offensively to win, but our defense and pitching didn’t hold up. Several times we had an 0-2 count on their batters and they got hits.”

In all, the Spartans pounded out 29 hits during the twinbill while the Trojans managed 15.

In the opener, Collegiate jumped on starter Troy Frick for four runs in the first inning, but Hillsboro came right back with three runs in its first at-bat. Chad Hughbanks and Tyler Goldsby chipped in singles and Lucas Hamm a double.

The game was still close at 5-3 after two complete innings. But Collegiate erupted for four runs in the third and then nine runs in the fourth before adding two in the fifth for their total of 20.

The Trojans managed two runs in the third inning on a two-run homer by Adam Scheele after Hughbanks singled.

In the fourth, Hillsboro scored four more times-three runs coming on a home run by Hughbanks.

Goldsby scored the Trojans 10th run in the bottom of the fifth after leading off the inning with a single, but the Trojans could not score again to prevent the 10-run rule from taking effect.

Hughbanks led Hillsboro’s attack with a 3-for-3 performance with four runs batted in and three runs scored.

Frick took the loss, surrendering 10 runs-nine of them earned- on 11 hits. He walked four and struck out two.

Game 2 stayed close through three innings, with Collegiate holding a 7-5 lead. Scheele hit a two-run homer in the first inning for Hillsboro and Hughbanks stroked a two-run double in the third.

But Collegiate delivered some payback on the hot-hitting Hughbanks in the top of the fourth, roughing up the Trojan starting pitcher for six runs to break the game open. They added five more runs in the fifth to give them enough for the 10-run rule.

Hughbanks had another good game at the plate, though, going 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. Goldsby went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The losses dropped Hillsboro’s record to 3-11.

Smoky Valley-Hillsboro ran its fledgling winning streak to three games with a sweep of Smoky Valley last Tuesday at Memorial Field.

The Trojans won the first game 5-3 and the second game 10-0 behind the one-hit pitching of Adam Scheele.

In the opener, Hillsboro jumped to a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first with Scheele and Lucas Hamm belting home runs.

Smoky Valley scored twice in the fourth inning to pull within one run at 4-3. But Hillsboro picked up what turned out to be an unnecessary insurance run in the fifth when Jeremy Boucher led off with a single, advanced on a single by Scheele and then scored when Goldsby singled.

Hillsboro finished with eight hits, three of them by Scheele in three at bats. Goldsby went 2-for-3.

In Game 2, the Trojans took charge early with three runs in their first at bat, including a two-run home run by Hamm. A four-bagger by Goldsby in the second inning raised the lead to 4-0.

The Trojans took control in the third inning with six more runs on only three hits. Three Smoky errors contributed to the rally.

Scheele nailed down the run-rule victory by throwing the Trojans’ first shutout of the season. The Vikings’ only hit came with two outs in the fourth inning. Scheele struck out six Vikings but also walked five.

Coming-The Trojans were scheduled to play at Halstead on Tuesday and then to have Friday off. Their next games will be May 3 against Haven. Action begins at Memorial Field at 4:30 p.m.

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