The Community R-VI baseball team trailed by four runs entering their final at-bat of their district championship game last Tuesday.
The Trojans loaded the bases with no outs but saw their postseason dreams come to an end with just one run in a 13-10 loss to Sturgeon.
“This game showed a lot about the type of heart these boys have,” said Community R-VI head coach Mike Boedeker. “They never thought they were out of the game even when things weren’t going the way we wanted them to. Our seniors showed great leadership keeping their teammates spirits up when it could’ve been easy to hang their heads. We’re really going to miss Shane (Myers) and Kaleb (Harris) because they always put together great at-bats and did the little things that it takes to help our team win.”
Community R-VI trailed 3-0 in the first inning but they rallied in the bottom half to tie things up behind big hits from Doug Davenport and Jamie Householder.
The Trojans added three more runs in the bottom of the second inning after big hits from Kyle Curtis and Harris.
Luke Robison launched a home run over the deep centerfield fence in the third inning to put the Trojans up 7-4.
Defensive miscues hurt the Trojans over the next two innings as Sturgeon rallied for a 13-7 edge.
Community R-VI scored two runs in the sixth inning behind Clay Thebeau’s two-RBI double.
Lane Thebeau started the game on the mound and allowed three earned runs over three innings with four strikeouts.
Harris allowed three earned runs in relief. Curtis finished the game with two shut out innings and three strikeouts.
“I thought our pitchers did a fine job of making pitches to get outs but our defense let us down,” Boedeker said. “I think nerves had a lot to do with our fielding issues and things began to snowball in a couple of innings.”
The game was the final one for Boedeker, who has been hired as the High School Principal at Mark Twain.
“I think the things I’m going to miss most about baseball is the opportunity to compete and be around a great group of guys,” Boedeker said. “I appreciate the hard work all my players have put in for me over the last seven years and I’m thankful that I’ve been fortunate enough to coach them. I take pride in the fact they we’ve improved each year and that is a testament to not only the players that I’ve had but the parents who have allowed me to coach their kids.”