The Hillsboro baseball team jumped in front early in its game at Pratt on Friday, but the good start slipped away as quickly as it arrived in a 11-5 loss to the Greenbacks.
Hillsboro didn’t get a chance to avenge the loss, however, as Game 1 was called after five innings because of lightning; the second game of the scheduled doubleheader is postponed indefinitely.
The Trojans scored three runs in their first at bat. Kaden Kleiner was hit by a pitch, stole second base and then scored on a fielding error on a ball hit Caleb Potucek. Brooks Gardner delivered an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.
Pratt responded quickly, scoring five runs off Kleiner, the Trojans’ ace, with a walk and three hits, including a double by Huber.
Hillsboro scored a fourth in the second inning with a two-out walk to Chance Elliott and a double by Potucek.
With Pratt’s lead trimmed to 5-4 in the bottom of the second, the Greenbacks took control with a four-run burst fueled by a hit batter, two base hits and two walks.
Hillsboro scored its fifth and final run in the bottom of the third when Jorge Hanschu singled and eventually crossed the plate with the help of Pratt errors.
The home team added its 11th run in the top of the fourth inning to end the scoring.
Kleiner absorbed the pitching the loss for the Trojans. He allowed six hits and 10 runs in 2-1/3 innings, and recorded two strikeouts. For the game, Pratt generated 11 base hits—five off of relief pitchers Potucek and Landon Roberts.
Hanschu, Gardner and Potucek accounted for Hillsboro’s three base hits.
“We started off decently well,” coach Luke Moore said. “We didn’t battle as well at the plate as I would have liked, and on the mound. We’re still looking for more maturity from everybody. ”
Coming—The Trojans were scheduled for a Tuesday doubleheader at home against Lyons, then will host Kingman Friday at Memorial Field with a 4 p.m. start.