For the third time in a week, Cody Delk secured a Trojan victory with a standout pitching performance in late relief as Hillsboro defeated a tough King?man squad 8-7 for a doubleheader split Thurs?day at Memorial Field.
In Game 1, the Eagles overcame strong pitching from Trojan ace Austin Cross to slip past the Trojans, 3-2.
With two wins against Smoky Valley Tuesday, the 3-1 week bumped Hills?boro?s record to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the league.
In the win against King?man, the Trojans overcame a 4-0 first-inning deficit with a run in the second and a key four-run burst in the third fueled by four walks, one hit and an Eagle error.
Delk took the mound in the sixth with an 8-6 lead, and retired the side in order. In the seventh, he gave up an unearned run on a single and an outfield error that should have been the third out of the inning. But Delk got the next Eagle hitter to ground out to earn his second victory of the season.
?Cody has been pitching in relief really, really well,? coach Doug Dick said. ?He?s given up no earned runs in eight innings pitched.?
In the opener, a lack of timely hitting prevented Cross from earning his first pitching win. The sophomore right-hander retired nine consecutive batters in the first three innings while registering five strikeouts.
Leading 2-0 in the fourth, Cross surrendered three Eagle runs fueled by a fielding error and back-to-back base hits. He went on to finish the game with a three-hitter and eight strikeouts.
?Cross pitched an awesome first game,? Dick said. ?(The Eagles) were just fortunate they got everything back-to-back?and those weren?t hard hits.
?The disappointing thing was that against their pitcher we had seven hits and eight walks?and then we don?t produce more than two runs.
?Splitting with Kingman, I?m not disappointed,? Dick added. ?We?re sitting at 6-2. The only thing I feel bad about in the doubleheader is Austin pitching a good game and not getting a win.?
Smoky Valley?Cody Delk?s three-run inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning lifted Hillsboro to a 7-5 victory over the Vikings in Lindsborg last Tuesday.
A 20-8 blowout in Game 2 completed the sweep and boosted Hillsboro?s record to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the league.
With the Trojans trailing 5-4 in the opener, Caleb Bettles singled to lead off the sixth. Micah Allen followed suit, setting up Delk?s shot into the left-center field gap.
Delk preserved the lead and picked up a save by ending the game with two innings of shutout pitching.
A three-run burst in the third inning had given the Trojans a 4-1 lead behind the pitching of Jordan Faul. A walk, a Viking error and a single by Austin Cross?the only hit of the inning?fueled the rally.
Faul gave up a pair of runs in the fourth inning, then reliever Braden Vogt gave up two more in the fifth to set up the Trojans? game-winning rally.
Coming?Hillsboro had Tuesday off, but will return to action Friday when Can?ton-Galva comes to town for a doubleheader at Memorial Field. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
The Trojans will play at Sunrise Christian Academy next Tuesday.