Pratt sweeps Hillsboro in opening pair

Brooks Gardner led off the first game pitching for the Trojans. Karrie Rathbone / Free PressHILLSBORO- It was a rough way to start the season for the Hillsboro Baseball team who were swept last week against Pratt, 4-1 and 9-7.

In the first game, the offense didn’t come early. Pratt got on the board first in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead and then added three more in the fifth inning to extend it to 4-0.

Hillsboro got on the board in the sixth inning, but couldn’t muster anymore offense on their four hits for the game.

Brooks Gardner pitched 4.1 innings for Hillsboro and had four strikeouts. Phillip Young had the Trojans’ lone RBI for the game.

In the second game, Hillsboro got up early with a 3-2 lead after the first inning, but Pratt answered with four runs in the following two innings to take the lead.

Hillsboro retook the lead in the fourth inning with two runs and then piled two more on in the fifth and sixth innings, but Pratt had just a little more offense and had a three run sixth inning to win the game.

Caleb Potucek pitched 3.1 innings for the Trojans, throwing 10 first pitch strikes, and getting two strike outs for the game. Hillsboro had just two hits, but Noel Reynolds and Potucek both earned their way on base twice on walks.

“Going into the season, I was concerned about our defense and pitching, but both stepped up considerably in the double header. Multiple players stepped up including several freshman in their first varsity experience,” said Coach Tyson Kendrick. “When we got on base we did what we need to do with stealing bases and being aggressive on the base paths. We struck out 19 times in the double header and that stat will not let you win a lot of games. We will work on our two strike approach moving forward and not getting ourselves in two strike counts.”

Coming – The Trojans play at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 at Smoky Valley.

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