Struggles continue for Trojans in losses to Stillman Valley, Hall


Stillman Valley scored in every inning and defeated Mendota, 16-3, in Big Northern Conference varsity baseball action on April 9 at Stillman Valley.

The Cardinals made an early statement by scoring seven runs in the opening inning. They added four more in the second before Mendota got on the board with a run in the top of the third. The Trojans scored their other runs in the fourth. The game was stopped by the 10-run rule after Mendota trailed by 13 at the conclusion of its at-bat in the fifth.

The Trojan defense committed an astounding 10 errors, which led to 12 unearned runs scored by Stillman Valley. Mendota starter Mason DeFore allowed 13 hits, four earned runs and one walk.

Mendota finished with six hits, including a pair of singles and an RBI by DeFore. Emilio Perez and Gavin Glazebrook both doubled and drove in a run.

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Mendota couldn’t hold a late-inning lead and fell to Stillman Valley, 7-5, in conference play on April 11 at the MHS field.

The Trojans forged in front 4-3 with a two-run fifth, but Stillman Valley plated four runs in the top of the sixth to regain the advantage. Mendota got one run back in the bottom of the frame, but that was it.

The Trojans (2-10 in BNC) had just three hits, including a single and two runs batted in by Andres Castaneda.

Johnnie Gonzalez got the start for Mendota and pitched into the sixth before being relieved by Emilio Perez. Gonzalez gave up four hits, six runs (five earned), walked eight and struck out two in taking the loss.

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Despite getting only four hits, Hall rolled over the Trojans, 10-0, in a six-inning game on April 13 at Spring Valley.

Mendota (3-15) committed 11 errors in the contest as all 10 of Halls runs were unearned.

Mendota’s only two hits were singles by Joel Escatel and Glazebrook.

Peyton Milus pitched five innings and permitted three hits and no earned runs.  He walked three and struck out seven.

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