Trojan baseball sweeps Eagles

After stealing third, Hillsboro?s Dylan Nelson makes it home safely on a throwing error in the third inning of the first game of the doubleheader with Canton-Galva. Defend?ing the plate is catcher Tanner Klingensmith.Two run-rule wins at home Friday against Can?ton-Galva boosted the Hills?boro baseball team?s record to 8-2 for the season.

The Trojans got a one-hit, 12-0 shutout from pitchers Austin Cross and Cody Delk in Game 1 followed by a five-inning 11-1 complete-game victory behind the pitching of Dylan Nelson in Game 2.

?I was hoping it would go that way, because I was pitching Cross and Nelson,? coach Doug Dick said of the sweep. ?I was also hoping for a breakout game (offensively).?

In the opener, the Trojans jumped on Eagle starter Nick Bray for five runs in the first inning.

Micah Allen led off with a walk, Cody Delk and Jordan Faul followed with consecutive singles before Cross ripped a double. After David Dick was hit by a pitch, Nelson singled for the Trojans? fourth hit of the inning.

That was more than enough support for Cross (1-1), the Trojan ace, who won his first game of the season despite walking six batters in four innings of work. The sophomore also struck out six batters. The only hit he surrendered was a single to Bray in the third inning.

?Austin has showed better than what he pitched,? Dick said. ?His pitch count got up so high after four innings, I pulled him. He?s a young kid and it?s middle of the season. His arm is getting stronger but I really didn?t see a reason to throw him more than that.

?Cody pitched in relief and did a good job again.?

In Game 2, the Eagles scored their only run of the evening in the first inning. Jacob Dailey reached on an error, Bray singled and Ethan Loyd was safe on a fielder?s choice.

But Nelson (3-0) shut the door after that, allowing only three more singles in the five-inning win.

His counterpart, Conner Farnham, held the Trojans in check for two innings before Hillsboro erupted for four runs in the third.

Allen lit the fuse again, this time with a single. Delk, Faul and Cross followed suit. With two out, Nelson singled in the final two runs.

The Trojans removed all doubt with a six-run fourth inning. Allen, Delk, Justus Hilliard and Caleb Bettles contributed singles to the outburst.

Nelson faced 20 batters in his five innings of work. The sophomore gave up four hits and one unearned run. He walked one and struck out one.

?He finished the game with 60 pitches,? Dick said. ?I was proud of his effort on the mound.?

Offensively, Delk, Cross and Nelson each had four hits for the evening.

?Some guys had a good hitting night, while others who have been hitting the ball well weren?t quite on their game,? Dick said. ?But we still got on base and scored some runs.?

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to play a doubleheader at Sunrise Christian Academy Tuesday, then will travel to Pratt Friday for a key league matchup.

The Trojans are battling for first place in the Central Kansas League with the Greenbacks as well as King?man and Lyons.

?If we could come away with a sweep, we?d be sitting in the driver?s seat for league,? Dick said. ?I?m excited to go down there and see how we stack up against them this year.?

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