Chase King threw four innings of three-hit ball against the Stewardson-Strasburg Comets for a 13-0 victory.
King amassed eight strikeouts, keeping the Stew-Stras hitters off balance. The only half-inning the Comets mounted any kind of threat was in the third when the first batter of the inning singled to shallow right-center. King recorded three strikeouts in the inning after that single.
After the Trojans didn’t mount a threat in the first inning, they scored three runs in the second, five runs in the third, and finished off the Comets with four runs in the fourth.
Many of those runs were aided by a shaky Strew-Strass defense.
In the bottom of the second, CMS scored three runs with two outs. Both Brady Collins and Quinn Taylor walked. Russell Applegate reached on throwing error by the Stew-Stras shortstop, which resulted in both Collins and Taylor scoring. Ty Helton then brought home Applegate with an infield single.
In the third, the Trojans yet again mounted a two-out scoring spree. After Blake Moore hit a shot up the middle that tore off the pitcher’s glove, he reached first on a fielder’s choice. Both Wyatt Gordon and Brady Collins walked after him to load the bases.
On a 3-1 count and two outs, Taylor laced a single to left-center to score Moore and Reed. Once again Applegate reached on an error—this time a fielding error by the second baseman. Collins and Taylor scored as a result, and Ty Helton followed up with a single to right, driving in Applegate.
In the bottom of the fourth, it was more of the same. King reached on a fielding error by the third baseman. The Trojans then implemented a hit a run that rattled the Stew-Stras defense, and King moved to third. Matheny stole second to get into scoring position, and King scored on a wild pitch shortly afterward. Moore walked in his at bat.
Next up was Wyatt Gordon, who grounded up the middle, and the infielder chose to try to get Matheny at home, who got under the catcher’s tag. Collins then grounded out to score Moore from third. The game ended with Taylor swinging at his first pitch, the ball getting away from the catcher, and Jacob Reed, who was running for catcher Gordon, scoring the decisive 12th run.