After winning the play in game of the 4A DII Regional Tournament 12-2 against Columbus, the Girard High School baseball team came up short in game two against Baxter, losing 6-1 which concluded the season for the Trojans.

TROJANS TOP TITANS

The Girard Trojans win the opening game of 4A DII regionals by run-ruling the Columbus Titans 12-2 in the fifth inning.

“If you want to win ball games you have to have good starting pitching,” GHS head coach Steve Bever said. “You have to have good defense and have a few timely hits.”

After a quiet first inning, the Trojans struck for four runs in the second inning to go up 4-0.

Wade Boatman, Taylor Bruning, Cody Mein, and Matt Sabine all crossed the plate.

The Trojans’ first baseman Jake Bennett stole home on a passed ball in the third inning to increase their lead to 5-0.

Girard tacked on another run in the fourth inning, after Ethan Goff drove in Evan Troike on a single up the middle.

Columbus fought back in the top of the fifth inning on a two-run double to right-center field off the bat of Grayson Walde to cut the deficit to 6-2.

Despite the late-inning runs by the Titans, Girard’s offense exploded for six runs to run-rule Columbus 12-2 in the fifth inning.

The inning was highlighted by a two-RBI double from Mein, an RBI single from Sabine, an RBI double and stolen home base from Troike and an RBI single from Goff for the final run of the game.

The Trojans received an excellent pitching performance by Dakota Lopez, who only allowed four hits on 71 pitches.

At the plate, Troike went 1-for-2, including an RBI double, with two walk.

Goff went 2-for-3 with two RBI singles and a walk.

The Titans were led by Walden, who went 1-3 with a two RBI single.

“Dakota [Lopez] did what he need to do to win the game even though he was working through some issues he was having with the heat,” Bever said.

LIONS EDGE TROJANS

The Trojans’ season was cut short after losing 6-1 against Baxter Springs in game two.

The Lions drew first blood in the first inning on the strength of a line drive off the bat of Noah Wilson and a sacrifice fly from Vance Asquith.

Baxter scored another run after Caleb Arnall stole home base on a passed ball to increase the l lead 3-0.

The Lions added another run in fourth inning, as Brant Trease hits a RBI double to right field, increasing their lead to 4-0.

Baxter tacked on another run in the fifth inning coming from an RBI single of the bat of Asquith.

The Lions scored their last run of the evening in the sixth inning as Nate Thompson hits a RBI single to score Asquith.

Girard tried to rally in the sixth with an RBI double of the bat of Matt Sabine, but were unable to pull the comeback, they fell 6-1.

Nate Karns was the notable pitcher for Baxter striking out nine batters through five innings.