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Trojans take Rose Festival tourney title

T-R PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING - West Marshall’s Carson Davis (8) rounds third base on his way to scoring a run on a double by Dru Wilder, far right, during the Trojans’ 8-4 victory over PCM in the final game of Saturday’s Rose Festival Tournament in State Center.

STATE CENTER — The West Marshall baseball team endured a roller-coaster of a comeback to take down Lynnville-Sully in the opening game of Saturday’s three-team Rose Festival round-robin tournament, and closed out the title by beating PCM in the finale.

The Trojans (16-5) trailed Lynnville-Sully 4-0 before scratching together the tying runs just in time to force extra innings. Dakota Cobb delivered an RBI single in the sixth, and West Marshall managed to load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before Kinnick Christensen’s three-run double to left field tied the game at 4-all.

In the 10th inning, the Trojans loaded the bases with nobody out. Cobb reached on a bunt single, Dru Wilder was walked and Cody Braddy was hit by a pitch. West Marshall went for the suicide squeeze bunt but the batter missed on the attempt, and two Trojan baserunners were erased.

From bases loaded and nobody out to courtesy runner Asher Nichols standing on second with two outs, the Trojans nearly missed their opportunity. But Lynnville-Sully relief pitcher Bryce Richards started from the wind-up and Nichols took off for third, trying for the steal, and the catcher’s throw got away and allowed Nichols to score the game-winning run.

It made a winner out of Wilder, who allowed one hit in three innings of scoreless relief. Starting pitcher Will Dawley allowed four runs (three earned) over seven innings, allowing nine hits, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out six.

T-R PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING

Cobb and Kaden Davis had two hits apiece to lead the Trojans, including a double for Davis. Owen Siegert, Peyton Hart, Braddy and Wilder each added singles.

West Marshall got out to a 5-0 lead on PCM in the final game of the day, but PCM pushed back to make it 5-4 through three innings. The Trojans tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth to bring the score to its eventual final, 8-4.

Vincent Clawson allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks over four innings for the win, and Dylan Thompson surrendered just one hit and two walks over three innings of relief work. He struck out one.

Seven different players drove in runs for West Marshall, which had just five hits but added three walks and two hit-by-pitches. Wilder and Christensen both hit a double, scored and drove in a run, while Parker Reese plated two runs without the benefit of a hit. Clawson went 1-for-1, walked twice, scored once and drove in a run.

Caleb Duinink was 2-for-4 with a solo home run to lead PCM, which defeated Lynnville-Sully 7-0 in the day’s second of three games in State Center.

T-R PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING

Winners of 11 of their last 12, the Trojans host Nevada tonight in a Heart of Iowa Conference clash.

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