Trojans struggle in last regular season games

Chad Smith

Six games in five days was quite a way to wrap up the last week of the regular season. After dropping a home game to P-E-M, the Trojans won and tied in a doubleheader with Cotter. R-P then lost both ends of a home doubleheader vs. L-A, before falling to Spring Grove in the final game of the regular season,. The Trojans finish the regular season 6-12-1 overall (3-10-1). They opened the Section 1A tournament as the No. 3 Seed and host Houston on Wednesday, May 22, at 5 pm.

R-P vs. PEM (8-2 loss)

The Bulldogs broke open a close game by scoring six runs in two of the final three innings. PEM scored eight runs on eight hits with no errors. R-P had two runs on seven hits with the four errors.

The first two innings of the game were scoreless. PEM put the first two runs of the game on the board in the top of the third inning. After a scoreless fourth inning, the Bulldogs led 2-0.

However, PEM broke the game open with four runs in the top of the fifth and two more in the top of the seventh, leading at that point 8-0. The Trojans tried to rally and pushed two runs across the plate before the game ended.

Seven different Trojans had singles. Thomas Ekern was one for three with an RBI and run scored. Hadyn Kahoun scored the other R-P run of the game. Seth Heiden Malachai Bunke, Carter Weidemann, Nolan Mueller, Tim Highum, and Halen Schwendinger each had hits.

 Mueller pitched the first 6.2 innings, giving up eight hits and eight runs while striking out two. Hale Stensgard finished the last one-third of an inning, not allowing either a hit or a run.

Irish was the winning pitcher for PEM, while also going two for four at the plate (2 RBI, 2 Runs).

R-P vs. Cotter: Game one

The Trojans got back on the winning track the next day at Winona Cotter, taking the first game of a conference doubleheader by five runs (13-8).

Trailing Cotter 4-2 after three innings, R-P broke the game open with six runs in the top of the fourth and four more in the fifth inning. Cotter answered with two more in the bottom of the frame. Each team added another run in the sixth inning to finish the scoring.

R-P finished with 13 runs on 14 hits with two errors. Cotter had eight runs on nine hits and one error.

Weidemann was one of three Trojans with multiple-hit games, going three for four with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Mueller had two hits with an RBI and a run scored. Highum was two for four with three RBI and a run scored. Schwendinger doubled and drove in a team-best four runs. Heiden led the team with three runs scored and an RBI double. Korey Burroughs and Bunke also doubled.

Highum pitched the first three innings to get the win. He allowed four hits and four earned runs, striking out five and walking six. Stensgard pitched the last four innings, giving up five hits and four earned runs, with two strikeouts and four walks.

R-P vs. Cotter: Game two

Normally a five-inning game is won by the ten-run rule, but this one ended in a five-inning tie (4-4) as daylight ran out. The Trojans scored four runs on seven hits with one error. The Ramblers had four runs on four hits with one error.

Cotter jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Trojans answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the second. Each team scored two runs in the third inning. Both squads added another run in the fifth inning before the game was called.

Weidemann led the team with two hits. Alex Ronnenberg and Heiden (RBI) each had doubles. Schwendinger doubled and scored a team-high two runs. Logan Skalet singled, drove in a run and scored once.

Skalet pitched the first four innings, giving up four hits and three runs (2 earned). He struck out five batters and walked give. Ronnenberg pitched the last inning, giving up one earned run and three walks.

R-P vs. L-A: Game one

The Trojans ended their regular season at home in doubleheader against Lewiston-Altura. L-A pounded out 12 hits to come away with a 14-1 TRC win in game one. The Cardinals scored 14 runs without committing an error. The Trojans had a run on six hits with three errors.

The game got out of reach early as L-A scored eight runs in the top of the first inning. R-P did answer with a run in the bottom of the inning, but the Cards answered with a run in the second, before adding another in the third and four more in the fourth. Neither team scored in the fifth, when the game ended because of the ten-run rule.

Weidemann finished the first game with half of the team’s hit total. The senior was three for three with a double, a home run, an RBI, and a run scored. Mueller added a double.

Burroughs pitched the first two-thirds of an inning and took the loss. He gave up eight runs but only three were earned. Schwendinger and Heiden each came on in relief.

R-P vs. L-A: Game two (10-4 loss)

The Cardinals jumped out to a fast start and never looked back in grabbing a 10-4 win. R-P found themselves trailing by nine runs after three innings. The Cardinals scored three times in the bottom of the first, four in the second, and three in the third. The Trojans scored a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth. The Cardinals tallied their last run in the sixth and the Trojans finished their scoring in the top of the sixth with their final run.

L-A scored 10 runs on nine hits with two errors. R-P scored four runs eight hits and committed two errors.

Weidemann continued to swing a hot bat, finishing three for four with a home run, driving in two runs and scoring once. Mueller singled and scored a run. Kahoun scored once. Ekern doubled and drove in a run.

Justin Ruberg pitched the first four innings, allowing seven hits and nine runs while striking out three and walking five. Bunke pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits, an earned run, and getting two strikeouts.

R-P vs. Spring Grove

Runs were hard to come by for both teams, despite plenty of opportunity. The teams combined to strand 20 runners (R-P 11, SG 9) on base. The Lions scored five runs on eight hits to win 5-0. R-P was scoreless with four hits and two errors.

SG scored three runs in the bottom of the third innings to take the lead. The Lions added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to finish up the scoring.

Weidemann had another two-hit game to lead the Trojans. Heiden added a single and Mueller had a double.

Mueller pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and five runs (4 earned). He struck out seven and walked two batters.


The No. 3 Seed Trojans hosted No. 6 Seed Houston to open the Section 1A baseball tournament on Wednesday, May 22, at 5 pm.