The Community R-VI Trojans baseball team outscored its two opponents 24-8 to win the Community R-VI baseball tournament this past weekend in Laddonia.
The Trojans won their championship game against Sturgeon, 12-3, after the Bulldogs forfeited the remainder of the contest during a lightning delay.
Kyle Curtis led the Trojans with a three-run home run that broke a 3-3 tie. In the fifth inning, the Trojans had five walks and four hits leading to six runs.
“Our approach at the plate in this game was the best we’ve had all season,” said Community R-VI head coach Mike Boedeker. “We were able to work the count and we did a great job battling at the plate.”
Curtis started the game on the mound and worked around some early walks to keep the game close. Lane Thebeau tossed the final three innings in relief and struck out five while allowing no earned runs.
In the first round game against Silex, Kaleb Harris picked up the win on the mound. Harris tossed six strong innings and struck out eight. He had four earned runs on eight hits. Clay Thebeau entered the game in relief to retire the final three hitters before the time limit of two hours was reached. Offensively, the Trojans had nine hits and 11 walks, leading to 12 runs. Doug Davenport had two hits and Jamie Householder reached base three times.
“When our lineup 1-9 swings the bat like that we have the ability to be a really good ball club,” Boedeker said. “Our pitching and defense will keep us in games but its nice to see our bats do this kind of damage.”
The Trojans started the week with an EMO Conference win at home against Silex. Lane Thebeau picked up the win after striking out nine and allowing two unearned runs over 6 2/3 innings. Lane Thebeau went 3-for-3 at the plate with a triple and three RBIs. Shane Myers was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
“The bottom half of our order did a lot of our damage in this game,” Boedeker said. “They picked us up with some big hits that helped our lead grow and gave our pitchers some run support.”