Trojans fall to Orion, Newman on diamond


Sterling Newman had too much firepower and toppled Mendota, 16-7, in a varsity baseball contest on April 28 at Sterling.

The game was tied at 4-4 in the fifth when Newman plated eight runs to pull away.

Newman outhit the Trojans, 11-9, although only one of the Comets’ hits was for extra bases (double).

Mendota had three extra-base hits. Ryne Strouss tripled, singled and drove in four runs, while Izaiah Nanez and Krew Bond both doubled. Braiden Freeman added a pair of singles.

Bond pitched into the fourth inning and took the loss. He gave up seven hits, eight earned runs, walked one and fanned six. Landon Kreiser and Dominik Stamberger also had stints on the mound.

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Orion slugged its way past the Trojans, 10-1, on April 30 at the MHS field.

The Chargers had just six hits, but four of them were for extra bases. They had two homers and two doubles.

Orion grabbed a quick 3-0 lead in the first and then added three more in the fifth. Mendota got its lone tally in the bottom of the fifth when Justin Randolph clouted a solo homer. The Trojans (2-12) had just three hits in the contest.

Randolph was the losing pitcher, giving up two hits and six runs over five frames. He walked six and struck out five. Ted Landgraf pitched the final two innings.

In the second game of the day, Orion’s varsity topped Mendota’s junior varsity, 6-4, in a five-inning contest. Orion scored five of its runs in the fifth.

Mendota collected six hits, all singles. Josh Figueroa had two singles and three RBI, while Owen Aughenbaugh also laced a pair of singles.

Freeman was the starting pitcher, going three innings before Aughenbaugh and Jace Baird came on in relief. Aughenbaugh took the loss.

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