Trojans pick up first victory

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Kale Arnold?s pitching and timely hit propelled Hillsboro to its first victory of the season, a 7-5 win in the nightcap of the Tro?jans? doubleheader at Nicker?son.

The Panthers won the first game, 13-3, in six innings.

Arnold, making his first start, fanned 12 Panthers in the game and did not allow a hit until the fourth, when Nickerson touched him for two runs.

Hillsboro scored a run in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth for a 4-2 lead after 41?2 innings. With Hillsboro leading 4-3 after five, the Trojans loaded the bases with walks to Luke Moore and Derek Kelsey and a single by Lucas Sinclair.

Arnold then doubled to clear the bases and give HHS a 7-3 lead. Nickerson scored two runs in the fifth, but Arnold got five of the six outs in the last two innings on strikeouts to secure the win.

?Arnold pitched a very good game,? coach Doug Dick said. ?Nickerson is a pretty good hitting team, but he kept them off balance for the most part.?

In Game 1, Hillsboro scored in the first inning on two walks and an RBI single by Jordan Faul. But Nickerson touched Trojan starter Moore for five runs through the first two innings.

Hillsboro scored two runs in the third inning on singles by Arnold and Faul and walks to Nathan Unruh, Cody Delk and Moore.

But Nickerson exploded for seven runs off reliever David Nelson to take command of the game, which ended by run-rule after six innings.

Faul wielded a hot bat for Hillsboro, going 5-for-7 for the day.

?We?ve got to have more of that kind of hitting throughout our lineup,? Dick said. ?He had a great day.?

Little River?Redskin pitchers limited Hillsboro batters to three hits in a 7-5, 14-1 sweep of the Trojans last Tues?day at Memorial Field in the season opener for both teams.

The Trojans? lack of hits wasn?t the result of great defense by Little River, who committed six errors for the day, including five in Game 1. Redskin pitchers combined for 19 strikeouts.

?We definitely showed that we have some weak areas that we need to improve on,? coach Doug Dick said.

Even with only one hit in Game 1, the Trojans nearly pulled out the victory, thanks in part to Redskin wildness that resulted in eight hit-batsmen and four walks.

After Little River got to Trojan starter Lucas Sinclair with five runs in the top of the fifth after four scoreless innings, Hillsboro rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth fueled by two errors, three hit batters, a walk and Nathan Unruh?s run-scoring single.

With Luke Moore (0-1) taking over on the mound, Little River added two runs in their next at-bat for a 7-4 lead. The Trojans got one run back on two errors, a hit batter and two walks.

?I was pleased with our overall performance in the first game, being the first game out,? Dick said. ?The second game I thought we came out flat.?

David Nelson (0-1) pitched three strong innings for HHS before allowing three runs in the fourth for a 5-0 Little River lead. But his teammates lacked punch at the plate and committed seven errors by the time the game ended. Jordan Faul and Kale Arnold accounted for Hillsboro?s only base hits, both singles.

In addition to hitting, Dick said pitching depth emerged as another weakness. He praised the effort of both of his starters, but said, ?I?ve got to develop some more pitchers. We?re not real deep there. It?s going to be an issue for us at times.?

Dick gave Little River credit for his team?s disappointing day.

?I went into the game underestimating Little River a little bit,? he said. ?They?ve developed a pretty decent program. They?ve got some great young kids?and they hit the ball well.?

Dick was disappointed but not alarmed about his team?s debut.

?Every year since I?ve been here, we?ve not necessarily started well,? he said. ?For whatever reason, it seems we get off to a slow start.

?But the important thing is we finish strong. If we just keep getting better in some areas we?ll be all right.?

Coming?Hillsboro will play host to Kingman Thursday at Memorial Field. The following Tuesday, the Trojans will host Lyons.

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