By Bob Simmons
The Troy Buchanan High Trojans won three baseball games in recent days including a two-game sweep April 8 at Festus and a 2-0 shutout over Fort Zumwalt West on April 11.
In the games at Festus, they defeated North County 6-2 and defeated host Festus 4-2 in a tight game. In the North County game, Andrew Nett picked up the win in relief. He pitched one inning, didn’t allow a hit, struck out one and walked one. Cody Huffman pitched five innings, and Brenon Crenshaw threw for an inning. Offensively, Jordan Ball drove in two runs with Chasen Anderson, Cole Dickherber, Nate Keheler, and Eric Tipton each with one RBI. A five-run explosion in the seventh by Troy was the difference.
In the win over Festus, Anderson pitched six innings to pick up the win. He gave up only two hits, struck out seven and walked two batters. Crenshaw also pitched in the game. In one inning of work, he struck out three while not giving up a hit.
Offensively, Garrett Miller drove in two runs with Dickherber and Dylan Walker also driving in runs. Tipton and Walker had doubles.
In the shutout over Zumwalt West, Tipton came out on top in a pitcher’s duel with Patrick Conner. Tipton was touched for six hits and he struck out nine batters. Conner allowed four hits and struck out 10 batters. Tipton also had two hits and an RBI. Nathan Falls drove in the other run.
“Eric pitched a wonderful game,” said Troy Coach Andrew Elmendorf. “When our
pitchers attack the zone and pitch to contact, we are a dangerous team. It keeps the fielders in the game and forces teams to put together three hits an inning to score a run which is hard to do at any level. Eric kept the ball away from West hitters and used his off-speed late in the game to really keep them off balance. We got timely hits when needed which is a good recipe for winning games against good teams like Zumwalt West. At Festus, we had great outings by Chasen (Anderson) and (Cody). The keys to our recent success has been our pitching staff. Our bats still haven’t come alive. I think once we put it all together we can be a dangerous team down the stretch.”