One big inning carried Dixon to an 11-1 triumph over Mendota in Big Northern Conference varsity baseball action on April 28 at Dixon. The game was stopped in the sixth inning because of the 10-run rule.
The Trojans scored what proved to be their only run of the game in the top of first when Sam Becker led off with a single and came home on a double by Bryson Prusator.
Dixon tied the game in the bottom of the third, and then it erupted for nine runs in the fourth. The Dukes sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame and had eight hits. Mendota also committed three errors in the inning.
The Trojans ended with seven hits, including three singles from Joel Escatel. Becker (two singles) and Prusator (single, double) had the other safeties.
Ben Bokus started on the hill and pitched into the fourth. He permitted 10 hits, seven earned runs, walked one and struck out five. Escatel and John Buchanan also had stints on the mound.
Mendota’s struggles continued with a 6-4 league loss to Genoa-Kingston on April 30 at the MHS diamond.
G-K held a 2-0 advantage in the third when the Trojans struck for four runs to take a 4-2 lead. Austin Robinson supplied a sacrifice fly for Mendota’s first run. Then Buchanan laced a two-out, bases-loaded double to deep right-center field that gave the Trojans the lead.
It didn’t last, though, as the Cogs immediately answered back with a four-run fourth inning to take the lead for good. G-K had a double and a triple in the frame.
Prusator was the starter for the Trojans and he took the loss. He went five innings, allowing six runs and one earned run on seven hits. He walked two and struck out 12. Mendota (9-10, 7-8) committed five errors in the contest.
Following Mendota’s third-inning offensive uprising, Cog pitcher Nick Gargani retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. Mendota’s only baserunner over the final four innings reached on an error in the sixth.
In addition to his double, Buchanan added a single. Prusator singled twice as the Trojans picked up just five hits.