The Community R-VI Trojans baseball team opened its season on a high note when they knocked off Paris 11-0 behind a 14 strikeout performance from pitcher Lane Thebeau.
Lane Thebeau allowed just three hits and tossed just 74 pitches in the dominant win.
“I thought our boys played very well for our first game out,” said Community R-VI head baseball coach Brandon Talbot. “We haven’t been on the field very much this year but we hit the ball well all around and we got a great pitching performance out of Lane Thebeau.”
The Trojans scored five runs in the first inning behind Kyle Curtis’ RBI double and a three-run home run from Jamie Householder.
Community R-VI added two runs in the second inning, three runs in the fourth, and one final run in the fifth.
Kyle Curtis finished the game with three doubles and six RBIs after going 3-for-3.
Lane Thebeau also went 3-for-3 with a double.
Against Silex, the Trojans jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first inning and held on for a 13-8 EMO Conference victory over the Owls.
Community R-VI’s offense had 12 hits and took advantage of four Silex errors for the seven inning victory.
Clay Thebeau earned the win on the mound after tossing seven innings and striking out 16. He also gave up two home runs and walked six.
“We started off a little shaky but Clay settled in and started throwing all his pitches for strikes and our defense came to life in the middle and later innings,” Talbot said. “We still have a lot of areas to improve on but its good to see the boys playing games finally and enjoying themselves. I might be enjoying myself a little too!”
Gatlin Curtis, Kyle Curtis, Collin Dungan, and Luke Robison each had two RBIs. Lane Thebeau, Davenport, and Householder each had one RBI.
Loss to Bowling Green
In a match-up with the Bowling Green Bobcats, Trojans’ pitchers gave up 12 earned runs in a 14-4 loss. Kyle Curtis picked up the loss after allowing eight runs on just two hits and seven walks in 1 1/3 innings. Davenport tossed the final 2 2/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on five hits with three walks.
The Trojans scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning
Householder had a two-RBI double while Gatlin Curtis had an RBI single. Clay Thebeau was also credited with one RBI.
“We started off rough in the first inning and never really got things happening,” Talbot said. “Our pitchers had trouble finding the zone and we had too many mental and physical errors in the field. We put the ball in play and scored a few runs but Bowling Green hit the ball consistently throughout the game and put pressure on us for five innings. But we haven’t had dirt under our feet very much this year with the rain and field improvements so I think the defense will be fine as we get further into the season.”