Trojans notch wins over Oregon, 'Bago

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Posted 5/26/21

North Boone picked up a 7-1 triumph over Mendota in a Big Northern Conference varsity boys’ baseball game on May 11 at Poplar Grove.

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Trojans notch wins over Oregon, 'Bago

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North Boone picked up a 7-1 triumph over Mendota in a Big Northern Conference varsity boys’ baseball game on May 11 at Poplar Grove.

The Trojans scored their lone run in the top of the first when Krew Bond swatted a solo home run. But North Boone responded with three tallies in the bottom of the inning and held Mendota scoreless the rest of the way. The Vikings added two runs each in the fourth and sixth frames.

Mendota collected five hits. Bond singled in addition to his homer, while Andres Castaneda had a double.

Bond was the starting and losing pitcher for the Trojans, working four innings and giving up three hits and two earned runs. He struck out six and walked one. Derek Nanez finished up on the hill.

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Mendota rallied in the late innings to knock off Oregon, 8-7, in a conference thriller on May 13 at the MHS diamond.

Oregon held a 3-2 lead after five innings and then increased its margin with three runs in the top of the sixth. But the Trojans broke out the bats in the bottom of the sixth when they plated five runs to grab a 7-6 lead. Bond had the big blow in the inning when he crushed a grand slam home run.

The Hawks managed to tie the contest with a run in the seventh, but Castaneda stroked the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.

The Trojans banged out 10 hits against three Oregon hurlers. Bond had a solo homer in the first for Mendota before cracking his grand slam in the sixth. He drove in five runs. Castaneda had a pair of singles and Ted Landgraf laced a double.

John Gonzalez got the call on the mound for the Trojans and went five innings. Dominik Stamberger went the rest of the way and was credited with the win. Stamberger allowed three hits, three runs, struck out three and walked one.

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Genoa-Kingston had two big innings and it was enough to sink the Trojans, 7-2, in a conference contest on May 17 at Genoa.

After Mendota scored a run in the top of the first, the Cogs got three in the second to take the lead. The game remained that way until the Trojans nudged across another tally in the fifth, but Genoa-Kingston put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Mendota actually outhit G-K, six to five, with Bond delivering a single, double and triple, and driving in a run.

Landon Kreiser was the losing pitcher, with Sean Figueroa and Stamberger also having time toeing the rubber.

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Mendota and Winnebago split a double-header in BNC play on May 19 at Winnebago.

Game one was the completion of a contest that started but was halted by rain in Mendota on May 10. Winnebago gained a 13-1 victory in six innings.

The Indians only had five hits, but they benefited from six Trojan errors.

Mendota was limited to two hits – singles by Bond and Castaneda.

Landgraf was the losing pitcher, while Nanez, Gonzalez and Emilio Perez also had stints on the mound.

Mendota had a pair of three-run innings and it was enough to get by Winnebago, 6-5, in the second game.

Winnebago scored a run in the first, but Mendota got three in the top of the second. The Indians added another tally in the third ahead of the Trojans’ second three-run outburst in the fourth. Bond accounted for all of those runs as he clouted a three-run homer to center field.

Mendota went scoreless the rest of the way, but Winnebago scored three runs over the final four frames to come up a run short.

The Trojans picked up nine hits with Landgraf collecting three singles and a run batted in. Connor Engel had a single, double and two RBI, while Gonzalez added a pair of singles.

Bond was the starting pitcher and worked into the sixth inning to earn the victory. He gave up six hits, three earned runs, struck out eight and walked three. Stamberger finished up and did not allow a run to earn the save.

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Mendota couldn’t protect a lead in the late innings and dropped a 9-3 conference decision at Rock Falls on May 24.

The Trojans built a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Cale Strouss and Bond. The score stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth when Rock Falls exploded for eight runs. The Rockets sent 13 batters to the plate, produced four hits and benefited from three hit batsmen and a walk by Mendota pitchers.

The Trojans (2-9) had six hits in the contest, all singles. Mendota hurlers allowed seven hits. Gonzalez started and was relieved by Figueroa, who did a bulk of the work (5.1 innings).