Trojan baseball loses two to Larned

After a heartbreaking seven-inning 1-0 loss to Larned in Game 1, the Tro­jans lost a run-rule 13-3 game in the nightcap of a rescheduled doubleheader May 1 at Memorial Field.

The losses dropped the Trojan record to 4-10 for the season.

Austin Cross, the Trojans’ ace pitcher, hooked up with Larned’s Landon Erway in an impressive pitching duel.

Cross allowed five hits and struck out 10 Indians in the five innings he worked, while Erway allowed four hits and struck out nine over seven innings.

The only run of the game came in the top of fifth when Larned touched Cross for a single followed by a triple two outs later.

Braden Vogt relieved Cross in the sixth, and pitched two shutout innings.

Hillsboro came 90 feet from tying the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Clayton Philpott singled and advanced to third base. But the Indians got the third out to secure the win.

“The first game was just a good defensive battle,” said coach Doug Dick. “Larned’s a very impressive team. Well coached, with a lot of athletic kids, and their pitching was very, very solid both games.”

Dick praised Cross’s performance on the mound, but said the senior tired in the fifth inning, when he reached 98 pitches.

“There were a couple of innings where we battled through them, but they weren’t one-two-three innings,” Dick said about the pitch count.

“I thought the guys played extremely well defensively,” he added. “We’ve lost a couple of close ones with Austin on the mound, when he’s pitching well. We couldn’t come through for him (against Larned).”

The drama ended in Game 2 when Larned improved upon a 1-0 lead by scoring three and five runs in the third and fourth innings for a 9-1 lead.

Hillsboro rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but could not complete a comeback.

Coming—Hillsboro was scheduled to complete its regular season May 10 with a doubleheader at Halstead.

The Trojans will begin Class 3A regional play next week without being able to reschedule rained-out doubleheaders against Nicker­son and Haven.

Dick said the cancellations may have cost his team three to four victories that could have helped its tournament seeding.

Joining Hillsboro and host school Marion in the field are Eureka, Hal­stead, Sedgwick and Reming­ton.

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