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Trojan baseball recap


WEEKLY RECORD 3-2, OVERALL RECORD 9-4 TROJANS 6, BEAR RIVER BEARS 2 The Trojans won an important regional matchup against the Bear River Bears by a final score of 6-2 on March 27th. The Trojans jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings, but saw that lead cut to 3-2 in the top of the sixth. The pivotal moment of the game, however, came in the bottom of the sixth. With one out and runners on second and third, Josh Duncan settled into the batter’s box. Down 0-2 in the count, Duncan laid off two pitches out of the strike zone, then fouled off three consecutive pitches. On the eighth pitch of the at-bat, Duncan hit a grounder that went through the legs of the Bear River shortstop, scoring Kason Hansen and Kade Carrigan. Duncan would later score to provide breathing room for the Trojans. Commenting on his quality at-bat, Duncan remarked: I was just trying to put the ball in play. He threw me a fastball and I hit it hard on the sweet spot and good things happened. Starting pitcher Braden Daniel pitched another gem, tossing a complete game and fanning nine batters en route to his fourth win of the year. TROJANS 4, TOOELE BUFFALOES 6 Morgan outplayed the Tooele Buffaloes for most of the game, but was sent home with its third loss of the season on March 29th. The Buffaloes did all their offensive damage in the third inning, plating six runs. The fatal inning included two hit batsmen and a key defensive error that lead to several unearned runs. Down 6-0, the Trojans tried to claw their way back into the game. Cameron Jarrett knocked in two runs in the bottom of the fourth, drove in another in the sixth and scored on Brenyn McConnell’s base hit. But the Buffaloes were able to record two strikeouts with the tying run at home plate in the last inning to withstand the rally. The Trojans frustrations included hitting into two line-drive double plays and collecting only five hits over seven innings. TROJANS 7, LOGAN GRIZZLIES 1 Playing at a neutral site (Weber H.S.), the Trojans defeated the 4A Logan Grizzlies 7-1 in the first game of a doubleheader on March 31st. Fans saw that good pitching beats good hitting as Cam Skinner frustrated Grizzly batters with an effective mix of fastballs on the corners and offspeed pitches. Skinner worked into the sixth inning, giving up just two hits and an earned run. Lantzen Toomer worked two scoreless innings in relief, giving up no hits and inducing a double play. TROJANS 3, WEBER WARRIORS 9 In the second game of the doubleheader, the 5A Weber Warriors jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first inning, as Trojan pitchers couldn’t find the strike zone. Sending 12 men to the plate, the Warriors were the beneficiaries of three walks, a hit batter and a home run (on a 3-1 count). Keaton Stuart and Josh Duncan held the Warriors in check with four combined innings of relief work, giving up no runs. Braden Brown and Lantzen Toomer swatted solo home runs in the losing effort. TROJANS 20, BEN LOMOND SCOTS 0 The Trojans regained their swagger with a 20-0 thrashing of the lowly Scots on April 3rd. Second baseman Cameron Jarrett smacked a double and launched a towering home run (his second of the season) that landed on Harrison Blvd. Jarrett has now hit safely in all 13 varsity games. Braden Brown also hit his third home run of the season, a no-doubter that carried well beyond the high left-field fence. Catcher Kade Carrigan went 5-5 with two home runs, a triple and two doubles. In his last at-bat, Carrigan needed only a single to complete the cycle. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, a cycle is attained when a player hits a single, double, triple and home run in the same game). When the curve ball was thrown, Carrigan laced the offering to the outfield and reached first base. But instead of stopping to celebrate the improbable cycle (the Major League average is 2.5 cycles per year; the odds of a player hitting for the cycle are 1 in 17,000), the Trojans speedy baserunner legged out a two-base hit. Carrigan said he wasn’t thinking about the cycle and knew his coach would want him to try for the double anyway. Coach Toller would have kicked my butt if I stopped [at first] on that hit. Carrigan’s attitude, to play for the betterment of the team rather than for individual achievements, exemplifies the team’s approach. In the Junior Varsity contest, Colton Nelson launched a bomb for his first four-base knock of the season as the Trojans defeated the Scots 20-3. Nelson has enjoyed stints at third base and pitcher on the varsity team while swinging with the J.V. squad to get more reps. Next Up: April 4th at Sky View, 3:30 p.m. April 10th at Ogden, 3:30 p.m. April 13th, Home v Stansbury, 3:30 p.m. With a win, the Trojans will be tied for first place!!!

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