In the Trojan's last home game of the season they got a good look at their upcoming post-season competition. The two close finishes on Monday night hope to promise an exciting first round of regional playoff action. STC will begin it's post-season on Friday July 18 at 5:00 P.M. in Williamsburg.
The Trojans welcomed the Clear Creek-Amana Clippers to Trojan field on Monday July 14 for a double header. The outcome of the two games would ultimately come down to a defensive battle and unfortunately for the Trojans the Clippers came out on top in both contests, finishing with wins of 6-5 and 3-1.
Head coach Seth Koch looked to his number one starting pitcher, Dalton Doyle in the first game. Doyle has pitched 45 innings thus far and holds an ERA of 2.02. Doyle is also the only Trojan pitcher to earn a save this season. Opting for what appears to be their number two starter, Nile Rourke started on the mound for the Clippers. Rourke has seen 36 2/3 innings pitched and holds an ERA of 1.34
Third baseman Mitch Thede throws to first baseman Cody Kellogg for an out on Monday July 14 in a double header against Clear Creek-Amana.
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The Trojan defense came out strong getting a quick three outs in the first inning. Offensively things were looking good as well. The Trojans put up two runs in the first inning and three in the second. Going into the third inning the Trojans were leading 5-2. The momentum started to shift as the Clippers took their turn at the plate in the top of the third inning. Jake Neubauer and Jacob Klingeman both got hits for the Clippers, which put two runners on base for Tanner Bandy. A sacrifice fly ball from Band would be enough to bring in Neubauer for the Clipper's third run. Klingeman then scored after pitcher Rourke hit a line drive single into the outfield. The Clippers were now within spitting distance of the Trojans trailing 5-4.
The Clippers tied things up at 5-5 in the fifth inning. It would be Klingeman and Rourke again as Klingeman was walked and then brought around to score from on a grounder from Rourke. With Rourke grounding out to shortstop Grant Koch, Doyle forced the next batter, Stephen Jensen, into another ground out that ended the inning.
The Trojans would battle it out getting hits in the fifth and seventh innings but neither team was able to convert hits into runs. At the end of seven innings the Trojans and Clippers were deadlocked at five runs apiece.
Dalton Doyle continued to lead the Trojans from the mound until Koch made a surprising pitching change bringing in a very fresh arm in Colton Vest in the top of the 10th inning. This would be Vest's first appearance from the mound for the Trojan varsity team.
After both teams went scoreless for four innings Klingeman would break the tie after reaching base safely from a bunt single. A walk and throwing error moved Klingeman to third where he would eventually leave to score on a passed ball. The Clippers took the lead 6-5.
The Trojans would have one more chance for a comeback in the bottom of the 10th. After Colson Frakes and Koch got the Trojans first two outs Doyle would help the team "rally with two" by hitting a clutch single. Cody Kellogg was then put on after being hit by a pitch from reliever Robby Swails. Mitch Thede was walked after fighting to win his at bat, which loaded the bases for the Trojans. It was now or never as Vest stepped to the plate.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, Swails and the Clipper defense stood tall and forced Vest into pop up out to left field, ending the game 6-5 Clippers.
With the Trojans spirits appearing to be low after a loss they went into the second game with Grant Koch getting the start on the mound. Across four starts and 22 2/3 innings Koch came into Monday's matchup with three wins, 26 strikeouts, and an ERA of 1.85. The Clippers looked to freshman Kobey Schlotman who has had just three starts from the mound this season. Schlotman had just what it took to keep the Trojans at bay offensively. The Clippers were able to get ahead in the second inning, scoring two runs. They sealed the deal in the seventh scoring one final run.
Colton Vest saw the only offensive action for the Trojans in the third inning. Vest hit a single and made it around to score after Blake Keller grounded out on the throw from second baseman Cody Ogden to first baseman Cody Wagner.