Trojans slug way past Earlville, fall to Bureau Valley

The Mendota Trojans slugged their way past Earlville, 15-1, in a varsity baseball game halted by the 10-run rule after five innings on March 21 at Earlville.

The Trojans held a 1-0 lead after two innings, but they plated eight runs in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth to win going away.

Mendota had 10 hits in the contest with Cale Strouss (single, double, four RBI), Izaiah Nanez (two singles) and Ryne Strouss (single, double) collecting two hits apiece. Dominik Stamberger added a double, while Braiden Freeman had two runs batted in.

Two Trojan pitchers combined for a one-hitter. Jacob Kelley got the start and didn’t allow a hit or a run through three innings to earn the victory. He walked one and struck out four. Stamberger hurled the final two frames, striking out five.

Ryan Browder singled for Earlville’s hit, while Easton Fruit was the losing pitcher.


Bureau Valley outlasted the Trojans, 5-2, in Three Rivers Conference action on March 27 at the MHS field.

The Storm led 2-1 through four innings and then scored twice in the fifth and once in the sixth, while Mendota’s only other run came in the bottom of the fifth.

The Trojans (2-2, 0-1) had four hits, all singles. Freeman and Landon Kreiser drove in runs.

Nanez pitched four innings and took the loss. None of the four runs he allowed were earned. Stamberger finished on the hill.