Community R-VI seniors celebrated Senior Night with a big home victory last Thursday night when a 15-hit attack was enough to lift the Trojans past Mark Twain, 10-2.
Trojans’ seniors collectively went 12-for-17 with five RBIs.
“It was good to get back in the win column especially on Senior Night,” said Community R-VI head coach Brandon Talbot. “…We have been in a funk the last couple of games and it’s good to see them come out with a little fire. We actually started in the last couple innings of that North Callaway game on Wednesday night. I told them in the huddle after that game to take the momentum we had in the last two innings tonight into tomorrow night. And that’s just what they did. I was happy to see the defense come together as well. We had a couple of errors but we didn’t let em hurt us.”
The Trojans jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first inning before adding two in the fourth and four more in the fifth.
Collin Dungan went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and one run scored; Jamie Householder had three hits and two runs scored; Gatlin Curtis tallied two hits, one RBI, and three runs scored; Evan Hartsock had two RBIs and one run scored; Gage Graves had four hits and one RBI; while Levi Rafferty, Cordell Hollensteiner, and Avery Carline each scored one run.
Gastler picked up the win on the mound after tossing seven innings and allowing one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts.
“Matt Gastler threw another great game and it’s good to see him get a much needed win for his efforts,” Talbot said.
“He has toed the mound well for us this year and tonight the defense really backed him up.”
Before the big win over the Tigers, the Trojans scored eight runs in their final two at-bats against North Callaway before their late rally fell short in a 10-9 loss.
Dungan had three hits, four RBIs, and on run scored; Curtis scored two runs with one RBI; Householder had two runs scored and three hits; Gastler had one RBI and one run scored; Graves scored on run; Rafferty scored two runs; while Hartsock, Fairchild, and Hollensteiner had one RBI.
Dungan gave up seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched with two strikeouts.
Hollensteiner tossed 2 2/3 innings and gave up one earned run with five strikeouts.
The Trojans are the No. 4 seed in the Class 1, District 11 Tournament to be held at North Shelby.
The Trojans open on Friday against the host Raiders at 4 p.m.
A win puts them in the district semifinals against a 7-2 Marion County team on Tuesday, May 16 at 5 p.m.
The championship game will be played at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.