Freshman Kale Arnold posted his fourth win of the season, scattering six hits in six innings to pace the Hillsboro baseball team to a 6-3 win at Lyons Friday.
The Trojans, with a 10-4 victory in the opener, improved their season mark to 7-5.
Lyons touched Arnold (4-0) for two runs in the third, aided by two walks and a hit batter to start the inning. The Lions added their third run in the fifth on two hits.
Arnold?s teammates gave him all the run support he needed by building a 5-0 lead through the first three innings.
Ben Gardner doubled and scored in the second, then doubled again in the third to drive in two runs and later scored on a wild pitch. He also drove in Hillsboro?s sixth run of the game on a ground out to finish 3-for-4 at the plate.
If that wasn?t enough, Gardner pitched the seventh inning in relief of Arnold, striking out three Lions while surrendering one hit and walking a batter.
In Game 1, Hillsboro jumped to an early 4-0 lead in its first at bat. Aaron Bin, Derek Kelsey and Gardner all contributed singles to the surge.
After the Lions managed single runs in the second and third off Trojan starter Tyler Ediger, both teams scored twice in the fourth for a 6-4 Hillsboro lead.
Jacob Edwards pitched the last three innings in relief of Ediger. The senior lefthander faced 10 batters over that stretch, striking out seven, picking off a batter he walked and then getting the other out on a pop-up to the shortstop.
Edwards earned a save while preserving Ediger?s first pitching victory of the season.
?It was good to win both games even though we weren?t as sharp as we should have been,? coach Doug Dick said. ?We didn?t make a lot of errors defensively, we made our errors offensively on base running.
?But when you?re on the road, a sweep is pretty good.?
Coming?The Trojans were scheduled to play at Nickerson Tuesday. They won?t play again until Tuesday, May 4, when Halstead comes to Memorial Field for a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader.