The Community R-VI baseball team was hoping to go farther in the postseason this season after falling in the district championship game a year ago.
The Trojans entered last week’s Class 1, District 11 tournament as the No. 1 seed with a 10-4 record, which was the lone above .500 record in the district.
Unfortunately, Community R-VI ran into a North Shelby team that never forgot the Trojans beat them in the district finals for basketball.
The Raiders scored six runs in their final at-bat and held on for a 9-0 victory to win the district title.
“We picked a bad time to have one of those days,” said Community R-VI head coach Brandon Talbot. “..I feel bad for them that their hard work and every day practice didn’t pay off. The seniors I had this year will be missed greatly.”
The loss meant it was the final game for Community R-VI seniors Luke Robison, Kyle Curtis, Doug Davenport, Clay Thebeau, and Lane Thebeau. In the title game, the Trojans appeared ready to score early after putting two runners on base due to two North Shelby errors.
The Raiders responded with a big strikeout to end the threat.
After Lane Thebeau was dominant early with three strikeouts in the first two innings for the Trojans, he began to struggle with his command. He walked four straight batters to help North Shelby score their first run before the inning ended with the bases loaded.
Clay Thebeau led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single before three straight outs stranded him on first base.
North Shelby forced a pitching change in the fifth inning after three straight hits scored two more runs. Kyle Curtis took the mound to strikeout his lone hitter of the inning on just three pitches. Gatlin Curtis had the Trojans only other hit in the game with a single in the bottom of the fifth. Doug Davenport lined out to the shortstop with two runners on base to end another threat.
The flood gates were open in the top of the seventh inning as North Shelby’s hitters drew two bases loaded walks for two runs.
A hit-by-pitch scored another to push the score to 7-0.
Gatlin Curtis replaced Curtis on the mound and gave up back-to-back RBI singles for the final two runs before striking out a batter to end the six-run inning.
The Trojans then went three-up-and-three-down for the fourth time in the game in a losing effort.
After receiving a first round bye, the Trojans easily dismantled the Silex Owls by the same score of 9-0.
Clay Thebeau was dominant on the mound as he struck out 10 and gave up just four hits though he did walk six.
“He had five of his 10 K’s in the last two innings so he finished very strong,” Talbot said. “…That’s nice to see in the postseason…Silex scored eight runs on us the last time they faced Clay but he prepared himself well, went over the hitting charts, and had a plan for each batter he faced. (I was) very pleased with his performance and the overall performance of the team.”
Offensively, the Trojans jumped on top of Silex early with five runs in the first inning.
Kyle Curtis had a two-RBI double and Robison added a two-RBI single.
Clay Thebeau helped his cause in the fifth inning after hitting a solo home run to the deepest part of the park.
“We hit the ball and got timely hits when we needed them,” Talbot said. “We put up a five spot in the first inning and never looked back. We started strong, played well in the middle innings, and finished strong in the last couple of innings too.”