Trojans and Lions each claim a win

Hillsboro second baseman Bryant Young fires to first to get the third out of the fourth inning in Game 1 against Lyons. The Trojans won the game, 8-3.Hillsboro?s rally in the bottom of the seventh in Game 2 left the Trojans one run short of pulling off their first doubleheader sweep of the season Friday at Memorial Field.

Lyons escaped with an 8-7 win when Hillsboro left the tying run at third base.

The Trojans trailed 8-4 after 61?2 innings, but rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning on a single by Tyson Reimer, walks by Chance Elliott and Ben Koop and a sacrifice fly by Brooks Gardner.

In the seventh, after Austin Cross singled, Jorge Han?schu and Clayton Philpott drew walks to load the bases. Cross scored when Elliott walked. But a strikeout and ground out ended the game.

The Trojans won Game 1, 8-3, behind a standout pitching performance from their ace, Austin Cross, who scattered four hits and struck out seven Lions over six innings. Philpot threw a scoreless seventh inning to secure the win.

Offensively, the game turned in the sixth inning, when the Trojans scored five runs to take an 8-3 lead. Gardner contributed a run-scoring single and Braden Vogt followed with a two-run double for Hillsboro.

Hoisington?The Trojans suffered one loss by heartbreak and the other by blow?out when they traveled to Hoisington for their second doubleheader of the season.

The home team squeezed in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to claim a 5-4 win in the opener. The Cardinals then jumped on the Trojans? arm-weary pitching staff for a 17-7 win in the nightcap.

Hillsboro (1-3) led Hoi?sing??ton 4-2 heading into the seventh inning behind five strong innings on the mound by junior Braden Vogt.

A three-run sixth inning vaulted Hills?boro into the lead. But Hoisington rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh, sending the game into extra innings. A single, sacrifice and then two-out single by Hoisington resulted in the winning run.

Jorge Hanschu, Kaden Kleiner, Austin Cross and Vogt each went 2-for-4 to lead the Trojans? 10-hit attack.

Game 2 essentially was over after the first inning when Hoisington scored 12 runs off a pair of outfielders-turned-pitchers, Ben Koop and Chance Elliott.

Coach Doug Dick said he had to ask non-pitchers to take the mound because his regular pitchers needed to rest their arms after the team?s run-fest against Smoky Valley April 1.

To their credit, the Tro?jans came back to score seven runs in the five-inning contest. Kleiner and Cross both went 2-for-3 at the plate.

?We still battled at the plate,? Dick said. ?We didn?t string runs together like we did (against Smoky Valley), but we still did all right. The second game we put up a few more runs, but we gave up so many in the first inning.?

As an aside, Dick said the ?blowout? extended beyond the final score.

?The wind was blowing 50 mph out of the northwest?that?s not an exaggeration,? Dick said. ?There were times when we couldn?t hardly see the infield, it was so dusty.?

Coming?The Trojans (2-4) will hit the long and winding road for this week?s games, starting with a doubleheader at Pratt April 12, then heading to Kingman for two games April 15.

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