When the Community R-VI Trojans’ baseball team traveled to Farber last week to take on Van-Far, the squad was coming off a disappointing loss to EMO Conference rival Silex. They took out their frustration on the Indians in a big way with a 17-2 victory over Van-Far behind an 11-hit attack.
“We finally had some luck go our way,” said Community R-VI head coach Mike Boedeker. “We had some balls fall in that don’t typically fall in for us…Good things happen when you put the ball in play.”
After scoring their first run off a double steal and an error in the first, the Indians took their only lead of the game with two runs in their first at-bat. Logan Boyd had a two-RBI single that scored Trey Hull and Ethan Gooch.
The Trojans responded by scoring six unearned runs in the second inning after taking advantage of three errors. They added another seven in the third inning with the help of four more Van-Far errors to take a 14-2 lead.
The Trojans scored their final three runs in the top of the fourth to seal the victory in five innings. Doug Davenport led the Trojans by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, Clay Thebeau was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Austin Layman went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and one run scored. Justin Durham, Cameron Brooks, and Cameron Foreman each added two RBIs.
Brennan Wells earned the victory on the mound after tossing three innings and striking out six. Kyle Curtis entered the game in relief and struck out four of the six batters he faced.
Two nights later, the Trojans rallied from a 3-0 deficit to knock off district foe Paris 6-3.
Community R-VI scored four runs in the fourth inning after chasing Paris’ starting pitcher. Shane Myers had two RBIs and one run scored while Clay Thebeau, Tyler Myers, and Wells each added one RBI. Durham scored two runs in the victory.
Wells earned the victory on the mound after tossing 6.1 innings and striking out nine. Jacob Eastwood picked up the save to move Community R-VI’s record to 6-4 overall. Their six wins ties them for their win total in 2011.
Their disappointing loss of the week came on April 23 when the Trojans gave up 11 runs to Silex in the first inning before their late rally fell short in a 12-9 loss.
After scoring six runs in their final at-bat, Eastwood stepped to the plate with the bases loaded before lining out to the Owls’ shortstop to end the game.
“If we had any kind of a first inning, we would have won the game,” Boedeker said. “We gave ourselves a chance but it was too little, too late.”
In the ugly first inning, Kyle Curtis struggled with his command on the mound by hitting five batters, walking two, and allowing just two hits.
After Durham helped to end the bleeding, Eastwood tossed 6.2 innings and struck out seven to hold the Owls in check.
Clay Thebeau led the Trojans by going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Kaleb Harris had two RBIs and two runs scored, Foreman had two RBIs, and Eastwood tallied two runs scored and one RBI.