Stillman Valley pounded the baseball all over the yard and also took advantage of Mendota’s defensive miscues in a 14-1 rout of the Trojans in Big Northern Conference action on April 10 at Faber Field in Mendota. The game was halted after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
The Cardinals piled up 14 hits, including a pair of home runs, and benefited from four Trojan errors. Stillman Valley scored two runs in the top of the first, and then tallied six in the second and five more in the fourth to post the comfortable win.
Mendota’s lone run came in the bottom of the fourth. Austin Robinson picked up the RBI.
The Trojans managed only four singles off of two Stillman Valley hurlers.
Bryson Prusator got the start for Mendota and was removed in the second after surrendering six hits and eight runs. Only one of the runs was earned. Gavin Glazebrook went the rest of the way on the hill.
Mendota’s defense faltered once again and the bats were silent in an 8-0 conference loss to Rockford Christian on April 11 at Rockford.
The Trojans managed only one hit, a single by Sam Becker, and committed four errors that led to five unearned runs for the Royal Lions.
Ben Bokus pitched into the sixth inning and was tagged with the loss. He allowed four hits and seven runs, four of which were unearned. The lefty walked six and fanned seven.
Christian scored single runs in the second and fifth innings, and pushed across three runs in the third and sixth frames.
Royal Lion hurler Lucas Domberg was in control from start to finish. He struck out eight and did not issue a walk.
Mendota made the return trip to Stillman Valley on April 12, and the result was the same – a 10-1 Cardinal rout over the Trojans in BNC play.
After the first, Stillman Valley scored in every inning, while Mendota’s only tally came in the sixth with Robinson knocking in the run.
The Trojans (8-6, 6-4) had five hits led by Bokus with two singles.
Stillman Valley banged out 13 hits off of two Trojan pitchers. John Buchanan pitched the first five frames and took the loss. He permitted 11 hits and eight runs.