The Community R-VI Trojans baseball team picked up their first win of the season last Thursday when they traveled to Philadelphia, Mo. and left with a 13-8 victory over Marion County.
Community R-VI scored six runs in the first three innings to take an early 6-4 lead.
Matt Gastler hit a two-run home run in the first inning.
After the Mustangs tied the game in the bottom half of the first inning,
An error on a ground ball hit by Avery Carline helped score two more runs before the Trojans added a sixth run in the third inning. Grant Stafford crossed the plate on a dropped third strike.
After another error led to another Trojans’ run in the fifth inning, Community R-VI pulled away in the sixth with six runs.
Hunter Houghton had an RBI single, Nathan Gastler added a two-RBI single, Cordell Hollensteiner had a two-RBI double, and Levi Rafftery’s groundout led to a 13th run. Marion County scored three runs in their final at-bat but it wasn’t enough in the loss. The Mustangs made seven errors on defense while the Trojans had three.
Offensively, Community R-VI was led by Hollensteiner, who had three RBIs and three runs scored. Both Matt Gastler and Nathan Gastler had two RBIs and two runs scored; Stafford had two hits and two runs scored; Rafferty added two RBIs; Carline scored one run; and Phillip Doms added one hit.
The Trojans had a hit in every inning.
Hollensteiner tossed 4 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs, six strikeouts, and eight walks. Houghton tossed the final 2 2/3 innings and allowed one earned run with two strikeouts and one walk.
Falling to Madison
In their season opener, the Trojans hosted Madison but lost 11-0 after the offense managed just two hits in the shortened six-inning game.
The Panthers scored nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings to seal the win.
Hollensteiner and Doms had the lone hits for the Trojans’ offense.
Matt Gastler picked up the loss on the mound after allowing five earned runs over five innings. He did have eight strikeouts and two walks.
Houghton tossed one inning and allowed two earned runs and two walks.