An excellent pitching performance from senior Braden Vogt, and a two-run fielding error by his pitching opponent, lifted Hillsboro’s baseball team to an eight-inning 4-2 win over Remington in the first round of the Class 3A regional May 15.
Playing the quarterfinal game at Whitewater instead of at Southeast of Saline, the tournament host, may have been a confidence booster for the Trojans, who split a doubleheader with the Broncos at Whitewater only 10 days earlier.
This matchup turned into a pitching duel between Vogt and Bronco standout Coleton Crisp, with Remington getting an early 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings.
That score didn’t change until the top of the fifth, when Hillsboro’s Bryant Young doubled to right field with one out and scored on a double play attempt.
Kaden Kleiner added the tying run in the sixth when he singled to center, then raced home on a double by Caleb Potucek.
Potucek, a freshman, was instrumental in the Trojans’ two-run eighth inning. With one out, he singled to center and advanced to second on a walk to Vogt.
After Brooks Gardner went down on strikes for the second out, Jacob Funk popped up for what appeared to be the third out. But Crisp mishandled the play, enabling both Potucek and Vogt to score what turned out to be the winning runs.
Vogt threw 107 pitches through eight innings, allowing only four hits and no walks while registering 11 strikeouts.
Crisp also threw 107 pitches, surrendering six hits and three walks while striking out 12 Trojans.
The win advanced the Trojans into Wednesday’s semifinals against No. 1 seed Marion (18-1). The Warriors prevailed, 13-3, ending Hillsboro’s season with a 6-16 record under first-year coach Luke Moore.