Getting a big win over rival Van-Far and winning third place in a local tournament has given the Community R-VI baseball team a boost in confidence after playing several games recently.
This past Saturday, the Trojans hosted Van-Far in a re-scheduled game and picked up an impressive 21-11 victory in a five inning game after the offense exploded for 15 hits.
Van-Far’s defense made nine errors while their pitchers walked five and hit five in the loss.
Community R-VI rallied from a first inning 3-0 deficit to tie the game at 3-3.
The Trojans then scored four runs in both the second and third innings and added five in each of their final two innings to seal the 10-run win.
Van-Far made nine errors and Community R-VI had five errors in a game that took two and a half hours.
“The Van-Far win on Saturday was sort of bitter sweet,” said Community R-VI head baseball coach Brandon Talbot. “Not because I coach football over there but because both teams really struggled on the defensive side of the ball. It makes for a really long game when that happens.”
Gatlin Curtis threw 2 2/3 innings while Collin Dungan threw 2 1/3 innings and picked up the win.
Evan Hartsock paced the Trojans’ offense with a bases clearing double.
“Lots of things to fix but it’s good to see those younger guys stepping up and playing,” Talbot added.
(The rest of the stats from the game not available at press time.)
Taking third in
One weekend earlier, the Trojans picked up their first win of the season after defeating Slater 13-6 to win a third place plaque in the Madison Tournament.
The Trojans jumped out to an early lead by scoring 10 runs through the first three innings for a 10-2 edge.
Though Slater cut the lead to 10-6 in the fifth inning, the Trojans responded with three more runs in their final two at-bats. Community R-VI had 18 hits in the win.
Dungan led the team by going 3-for-4 for four RBIs and three runs scored.
Jamie Householder went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored; Matt Gastler had two hits, two RBIs, and one run scored; Curtis tallied two hits and three runs scored; both Avery Carline and Gage Graves had two hits and one RBI; and Cordell Hollensteiner had one hit, one RBI, and one run scored.
Gastler picked up the win on the mound after tossing 6 2/3 innings and striking out 10 while giving up five earned runs on 12 hits. Klayton Bosworth picked up the final out to seal the win.
In the same tournament, the Trojans lost a heartbreaker 5-2 to Canton after the Bulldogs scored two runs in the sixth inning to pull away.
Community R-VI scored their lone two runs in the top of the fourth inning to cut the lead to one but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Jamie Householder had two hits and one run scored, Levi Rafferty scored one run, and Hunter Houghton paced the Trojans with one hit and two RBIs.
Losing to Wellsville
Trailing 8-4, the Trojans scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to close in on Wellsville-Middletown last week before falling 8-7.
Community R-VI out hit the Tigers 10-8 but were hurt by four defensive errors.
Gastler went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored. Carline added two hits, two RBIs, and one run scored; Householder added two hits, one RBI, and one run scored; Dungan had one RBI and one run scored; Evan Hartsock had one RBI; while Graves and Bosworth each scored one run.
Gastler picked up the loss after allowing four earned runs on five hits, three walks, with three strikeouts in three innings pitched. Dungan tossed four innings and allowed one earned run on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts.