Mendota hosted Dixon in a double-header and the Dukes came away with the sweep on April 16 at Faber Field.
In game one, Dixon did most of its damage late in the game en route to a 17-8 win.
Mendota held a 5-0 lead after two innings before Dixon got on the board with a three-run third. The Trojans added a single tally in the third to make it 6-3 and the game stayed that way until the fifth when Dixon struck for four runs to grab a 7-6 lead. The Dukes weren’t done on offense as they put four more runs on the board in the sixth and six in the seventh.
The Trojans picked up 10 hits, led by Austin Robinson with two singles, a double and two RBI. Joel Escatel and Gavin Glazebrook both singled and doubled.
Glazebrook pitched the first five innings and took the loss. He gave up seven hits, eight runs (six earned), walked four and struck out two. Emilio Perez and Noah Garza also went to the mound for Mendota.
In the nightcap, Dixon won 10-0 in five innings via the run rule.
The Dukes had four-run innings in the first and third frames.
Mendota could only muster three singles by Escatel, Robinson and Mason DeFore.
DeFore went the distance on the hill for Mendota, giving up nine hits and six earned runs. He walked two and fanned two.
Base hits were scarce for the Trojans in a 9-0 conference loss at Byron on April 18.
Mendota had just three singles, including two by Glazebrook.
A six-run second inning propelled Byron.
Johnnie Gonzalez went the first four innings on the hill for Mendota and suffered the loss. He permitted four hits, eight runs (two earned), walked two and struck out three. Robinson pitched the final two frames.
Kewanee rolled over the Trojans, 16-1, in nonconference action on April 20 at Kewanee.
The Boilers led 13-0 after two innings. Mendota’s only tally came in the third.
Glazebrook collected two of the Trojans’ four hits.
Kewanee banged out 12 hits off of three Mendota pitchers. Emilio Perez was the starter and took the loss. Abel Guerra and Noah Garza also pitched.
Mendota couldn’t hold an early lead and fell to Byron, 10-4, in BNC play on April 22 in Mendota. The game started at the high school field and ended at Faber Field after a long weather delay.
The Trojans scored four runs in the first inning as Byron starter Ben Carlson gave up a lead-off single to Escatel and walked three batters. DeFore walked with the bases loaded, Peyton Milus drove in a run with a ground out and Breyden Lindenmeyer lifted a sacrifice fly.
But the Trojans (3-20, 2-14) went scoreless the rest of the way and Byron plated five runs in the top of the second to take the lead for good.
Milus pitched the first five innings and was tagged with the loss. He allowed six hits, nine runs (three earned), walked two and fanned seven.