Moore pitches Trojans past Vikings

Luke Moore threw a six-hit shutout to salvage the second game of a home doubleheader with Smoky Valley in the regular-season finale May 10.

The Trojans? 4-0 victory offset the disappointment of a 10-8 loss in the opener.

It also put Hills?boro in position to win the No. 1 seed at this week?s regional tournament with a 13-5 record.

Moore (3-0) faced 25 batters in the seven-inning contest and allowed only two base runners to make it as far as third base.

?Moore did a great job on the mound,? coach Doug Dick said. ?Our offense was not as sharp as it has been, but we didn?t need much in the second game.?

The junior right-hander got all the offense he needed in the bottom of the first, when Derek Kelsey was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on Ben Gard?ner?s double.

Hillsboro picked up a second run in the fourth inning when Lucas Sinclair reached on an error and was chased home on singles by Dylan Delk and Jordan Faul.

The Trojans added two insurance runs in the fifth on singles by Moore and Aaron Bina and a double by Sinclair.

In contrast to a relatively clean Game 2, sloppy play was the theme in the opener. Hills?boro committed seven errors and Smoky Valley five.

The Trojans got themselves into an early hole, surrendering three runs in the opening inning and five more in a decisive third inning.

All eight runs were charged to starter Kale Arnold (3-3), who surrendered two hits in the first inning and four in the third. With an error in each inning, two of the runs were unearned.

Hillsboro countered with two scores in the second inning on a double by Gardner, a single by Sinclair and a Viking error. In the third, Derek Kelsey singled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Bina.

Through 51?2 innings, Smoky Valley had extended its lead to 10-4. But the Trojans rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a two-run double by Bina.

In their final at-bat, Hillsboro closed the gap to two runs when Delk singled and scored on an error.

The Trojans had runners on first and second with one out but could not complete the comeback.

Delk pitched the final four innings for Hillsboro, allowing only one earned run on four hits. He struck out four batters and issued no walks.

?We struggled in too many areas defensively,? coach Doug Dick said about the opener. ?We never gave up, but couldn?t quite make up for our mistakes.

?Smoky Valley is much improved from what they were in the beginning of the season,? he added. ?They are well coached.?

Regionals?By coin flip, Hills?boro was awarded the No. 1 seed in this week?s regional tournament after tying Beloit/St. John for the best record (13-5).

As a result, the Trojans received a first-round bye and are scheduled to play the winner of No. 4 Minneapolis (11-9) and No. 5 Marion (10-9) today at 2 p.m. in a semifinal game. Minneapolis and Marion were scheduled to play May 16.

In first-round games Monday on the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Beloit/St. John was scheduled to play No. 7 Wilson/Ells?worth (3-13). No. 3 Bennington/ Tescott was to play No. 6 Southeast of Saline (8-10).

The winners of those games will play in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The championship game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wed?nesday.

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