Bureau Valley, Kewanee top Trojans on diamond

Mendota's Krew Bond delivers a pitch against Kewanee on May 9 at the MHS field. (Reporter photo)

MENDOTA – The Mendota Trojans fell to Bureau Valley, 6-1, in varsity baseball action on May 4 at the MHS field.

The game was scoreless until the fourth when Bureau Valley broke through with two runs. The Storm added three more in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Mendota’s lone tally came in the bottom of the seventh when Emilio Perez stroked a run-scoring double.

The Trojans totaled seven hits. Izaiah Nanez singled and doubled, and Krew Bond also had a two-bagger.

Nanez got the call on the mound and worked into the sixth inning. He allowed nine hits, six earned runs, walked four and struck out three.

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Kewanee rallied in the top of the seventh to hand the Trojans a 3-2 setback on May 9 at the MHS field.

Mendota opened the scoring with an unearned run in the bottom of the second, before Kewanee quickly knotted the game 1-1 with an unearned run of its own in the top of the third.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the sixth inning when Bond clouted a solo home run to give the Trojans a 2-1 advantage. It was Mendota’s first hit of the contest. Ryne Strouss followed with a double to deep right center field, but was left stranded.

Kewanee plated a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, with the go-ahead tally coming on Mendota’s second error of the game. The Trojans left the potential tying run at second base in the bottom of the seventh after Ted Landgraf walked to open the frame.

Bond got the start for Mendota and went five innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs. He walked two and struck out six. Nanez came on for the final two frames and was the losing pitcher.

The Trojans are 2-14 overall and 1-10 in the Three Rivers Conference.

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