Community R-VI’s pitchers once again reached double digits in strikeouts in both games at this past weekend’s Madison Tournament as the Trojans won first place after a pair of victories.
“We played very well this weekend, not just at the plate and on the mound, but (with) all-around defense,” said Community R-VI head baseball coach Brandon Talbot. “We had very few errors but the team picked each other up and recovered when we had bad plays. (I) was really pleased with the way they picked each other up and proud to get the first place win in our first tournament of the year.”
In the first game against a Canton team the Trojans have struggled with in the past, Community R-VI pitcher Lane Thebeau had 12 strikeouts over six innings in a 9-1 victory. He gave up just four hits and walked six.
“(He) threw very well,” Talbot said. “Had a few walks but was around the zone all game. Mixed up his pitches and kept the hitters off balance.”
The Trojans scored their first run in the first inning with Kyle Curtis’ RBI.
They added four more runs in the second inning as both Lane Thebeau and Clay Thebeau added an RBI.
Collin Dungan’s two-RBI single in the fourth was part of another four run inning. Curtis added his second RBI.
Dungan finished the game 2-for-4.
“We got some timely hits in the second and fourth innings, which were both big innings for us,” Talbot said. “It was a good win for us. I think we have had trouble with Canton in the past and they are a tough team, but our boys played with poise and played a very good defensive game today.”
The Trojans followed the win by knocking off the host Panthers, 5-1.
Kyle Curtis picked up the win on the mound after striking out 10 and allowing no earned runs and just one hit. He did walk nine batters.
Clay Thebeau entered the game in relief and tossed 1 1/3 shutout and no-hit innings to pick up the save.
“Kyle Curtis and Clay Thebeau both threw really well,” Talbot said. “Curtis had more walks in his late innings as I think fatigue was getting the better of him. First time he’s gone over 70 pitches this year but had 10 strikeouts and only gave up one hit. The one run they got in the third was unearned due to an overthrow by the catcher.”
Clay Thebeau went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly for an RBI in the first inning that scored Lane Thebeau. The Trojans exploded in the fifth inning for four runs as they took advantage of an error and some timely hitting.
Curtis had a two-RBI double in the fifth. Doug Davenport also added one RBI and finished the game with two hits.
“Even though it was a close game, the boys played very relaxed,” Talbot added. “(We) hit the ball well all game. It just wasn’t falling in for us in the early innings.”
Jamie Householder finished the game with two hits and a stolen base.