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Trojans drop tough 1-0 decision in regional final

Posted: Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

OREGON – For the second straight season, the Mendota Trojans were eliminated from the regional by Oregon, this time in heart-breaking fashion in the championship game of the Oregon Class 2A Baseball Regional.

The Hawks broke a scoreless tie with a run in the bottom of the seventh to squeak out a 1-0 victory over the Trojans on May 18. Mendota ended the season with an 8-20 record. The Trojans had split two games with their Big Northern Conference foe during the regular season.

With two outs and the bases loaded, a passed ball allowed Oregon’s Ian Holley to race home and send the Hawks to this week’s Byron Sectional. Holley had started the inning by reaching on an error.

Blumhorst allowed just three hits over 6 2/3 innings. The run was unearned. He struck out three and walked two.

Mendota’s lone hits were two singles by Jaron Robinson, and a single apiece by Jon Gehm and Shane Kruse.

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The Trojans made it to the regional championship game after pulling out a 3-2 verdict over Forreston/Polo in the semifinals on May 16.

Hits were hard to come by for both teams as they combined for just seven safeties. Mendota had only three, but did enough to pull out the one-run victory.

Robinson (single), Brett Becker (double) and Cody Zinke (single) had Mendota’s hits, while Robinson, Blumhorst and Garet Zinke drove in the runs.

Cody Zinke got the start on the hill and worked 4 1/3 innings to earn the win. He allowed three hits, two runs and walked two. Garet Zinke pitched 2 2/3 of one-hit ball to gain the save. He struck out one.

For the complete article see the 05-22-2013 issue.

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