By Allison Graham
Cody Kellogg pitched the hit first no hitter against BCLUW on Wednesday July 2.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham
The Trojans captured their 13th and 14th wins after playing BCLUW on Wednesday July 2. STC was looking for a different outcome from the first meeting in which the Comets bested the Trojans 12-2 on Thursday June 12. With home field advantage the Trojans got the outcome they were looking for to the tune of an 11-1 win in the first game and a 13-0 victory in the second game.
Starting his sixth game on the mound for the Trojans was Dalton Doyle. In four innings Doyle saw 21 batters, and ended the game with six strikeouts and no earned runs. Doyle is now even on his season at 3-3. Three was Doyle's magic number at the plate as he turned in three hits, three runs, and three RBIs to make for an outstanding all around performance.
In fact, several of the Trojans contributed with their bats through both of the Trojans victories. Shortstop Grant Koch went four for five at the plate, scoring five runs and bringing in four RBI's. Out of his five times at the plate, centerfielder Colson Frakes racked up four hits, four runs and two RBI's. Catcher Kolton Smith saw the plate seven times while earning three hits, three runs, and one RBI. Rounding out the bottom of the Trojan order was eighth grader Colton Vest. As a young player that has been tasked with a starting role on the varsity squad, Vest has already contributed significantly and will only look to improve over the next several seasons. Vest finished Wednesday's game with one hit while scoring three runs and two RBI's during his time at the plate.
Another underclassman that is becoming a leader on the mound for the Trojans is sophomore Cody Kellogg. Kellogg got the start in the second game of Wednesday's double-header. Out of his six starts this season, Kellogg holds a record of 5-1 with an impressive ERA of 0.93. Against the Comets Kellogg earned another accomplishment for himself and his team as he pitched the first Trojan no hitter of the season. Kellogg pitched five innings, which is all the Trojans needed to get the "W". The game was ended early with a final score of 13-0.
Mitch Miller was the starting pitcher for the night for BCLUW. Miller pitched 3 2/3 giving up four earned runs and walking three Trojans. Taylor Sams came on to relieve Miller. The Comets were hoping the pitching change would do the trick but in his 2/3 of an inning Sams gave up one earned run and walked two ending the night with an ERA of 10.50.
Starting the second game for the Comets was Tyler Lutes, a name wrestling fans may be familiar with. Lutes was the runner-up in class 2A at 170 in the 2014 State Wrestling Tournament. During his start Wednesday night Lutes gave up zero earned runs but between some walks and several defensive miscues, the Trojans were able to put seven runs on the board. The Comets again made a change in pitching staff after three innings bringing in Ty Runge. Unfortunately for the Comets things really went from bad to worse. Runge put in 2/3 of an inning and the Trojans went to town scoring six runs. The Comets closed the night with Clay Silver on the mound for the final third of an inning. Silver was able to throw one strike out for the Comets.
Coach Seth Koch summed up the night by saying, "A really great effort from both our starting pitchers Dalton Doyle and Cody Kellogg. Dalton goes out and only gives up one unearned run while scattering five hits. Cody then goes out in the second game and no hits BCLUW. Only two runners reached base in the whole contest against Cody as he gave up one walk and another reached base on a fielding error."