The best season in approximately a decade came to an end late Monday night when the Community R-VI Trojans baseball team lost their Class 1, District 12 semifinal game to host Sturgeon, 5-3.
The Trojans had runners on first and second with two outs in their final at-bat but were unable to complete a comeback that saw them score all three of their runs in the final two innings.
“We had a shot, things just didn’t go our way,” said Community R-VI head coach Mike Boedeker. “…We kind of waited a little too long to get our bats going.”
The loss gave the Trojans a final record of 9-8 overall, putting them over .500 for the first time in at least 10 years.
“We have a team full of resilient kids that never give up,” Boedeker said. “This is just a good group of kids that worked hard every day.”
The loss also meant it was the final game for Community R-VI’s seniors.
“They’re a special group of kids,” Boedeker said. “Over the course of four years, they have been through ups and downs so they show how far they went with this program…I think we’ll be okay (in the future) as long as we continue to follow their lead.”
In the first round of districts, the Trojans’ offense was clicking on all cylinders in a 17-0 victory over Higbee.
Community R-VI scored nine runs in the first inning and four runs in both the second and fourth innings to pull away with an easy victory.
Jacob Eastwood was dominant on the mound after striking out three in the victory. He threw just 15 pitches in three straight innings. Lane Thebeau entered the game late to throw the final two innings.
Offensively, every player picked up a hit.
Clay Thebeau went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs scored; Davenport had three RBIs and one run scored; both Justin Durham and Wells added one RBI and two runs scored; Kyle Curtis had one RBI; Shane Myers scored two runs; while Cameron Brooks and Nick Jensen each had one RBI and one run scored.
Before districts, the Trojans began their week with a tough 9-2 loss at Orchard Farm.
Community R-VI led 2-1 in the first inning before the Eagles scored all nine of their runs through the first four innings to pick up the win.
Durham led the Trojans with two RBIs and one run scored while Eastwood had two hits and one run scored.
Seven of the nine runs were charged to pitcher Doug Davenport, who tossed 3.1 innings. Eastwood allowed no runs or hits in 1.2 innings tossed.
On May 8, the Trojans trailed Mark Twain 5-4 through four innings before scoring nine runs over the final two innings for a 13-5 victory.
Eastwood went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored while Wells was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Nine players scored at least one run while Foreman, Layman, and Tyler Myers each had one RBI.
Wells earned the victory on the mound after allowing five runs while striking out four.
In their final regular season game at Clopton, the Trojans knocked off the Hawks 4-3. Both Shane Myers and Clay Thebeau had one RBI. Foreman, Layman, Davenport, and Lane Thebeau each scored one run.
Lane Thebeau picked up the win after tossing six innings and striking out one. Kyle Curtis picked up the save.