MHS, Kewanee split pair of diamond
Kewanee mounted a late rally to topple Mendota, 6-4, in a Three Rivers Conference varsity baseball game on May 9 at Kewanee.
The Trojans owned a 4-2 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth when Kewanee pushed across four runs to take a two-run lead. Mendota went scoreless in the top of the seventh.
Mendota had four hits in the contest. Justin Randolph picked up a double. Braiden Freeman and Jace Baird both singled and drove in runs.
Kewanee totaled seven hits off of two Trojan hurlers. Izaiah Nanez started on the hill and pitched into the sixth before being relieved by Dominik Stamberger. Nanez allowed five hits and two earned runs. He fanned five and walked four in absorbing the loss.
It was Mendota’s turn to make a comeback as it did it three times in defeating Kewanee, 6-5, in conference action on May 11 at the MHS field.
The Trojans trailed 4-0 after four innings, but they tied the game in the bottom of the fifth.
Kewanee retook the lead with a tally in the top of the sixth, but Stamberger walloped a solo home run in the bottom of the frame to make it 5-5.
Then with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Stamberger laced a line drive base hit to left field that plated Randolph with the winning run.
Stamberger (home run, single), Freeman (single, double) and Landon Kreiser (two singles) accounted for six of Mendota’s eight hits.
Kreiser was the starting pitcher, working into the fourth when Freeman came on in relief. Kreiser gave up five hits and four runs (two earned), with three strikeouts and one walk. Freeman surrendered four hits and one unearned run. He fanned seven in earning the win.
The Trojans are 5-13 overall and finished out the Three Rivers season at 2-10.