In the first of two-straight road games on Tuesday, the Community R-6 varsity baseball team traveled to Wright City for an Eastern Missouri Conference contest and got three hits and a walk from Cordell Hollensteiner in three at-bats.
The other side of this story is the Trojans only managed five hits for the game and Hollensteiner allowed four runs, two earned, in almost six innings pitched on two hits and five walks with three strikeouts as Wright City was able to use the home field advantage to shut out CR-6 4-0. Clocking the other two outs on the mound for the Trojans and charting one strikeout with two putouts was Nate Gastler, who also walked once in two at-bats and Matt Gastler and Evan Hartsock both went 1-for-3
Levi Raffery walked once for CR-6, as well.
Working against the Trojans was the fact they made three errors and struck out seven times as a team.
At Sturgeon on Monday in non-league play CR-6 was up 2-0 in the first and 4-3 in the third before allowing two runs in the fourth to end up losing 6-5. Throwing just over three innings and giving up five earned runs on three hits and five walks with five strikeouts for the Trojans was Hartsock. Hunter Houghton pitched the rest of the game and allowed an earned run on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
"The young Trojans jumped out to a quick four-run lead in the early innings on a strong pitching performance of Evan Harstock. Evan helped himself with a solid showing at the plate, in addition to with the Gastlers providing strong supportive roles at the plate," said coach David Matthews. "Braedon Swaim came back from an extended illness, with strong defensive and offensive performances as well, it was a very brisk night more conducive for ice fishing then baseball."
The offense in this game was much more fluid, but Nate Gastler had the squads only multi-hit performance at 2-for-4 with a run and one RBI. Hartsock and Houghton also chipped in with a hit each and a combined three walks, Swaim went 1-for-2 with a walk and one RBI and Rafferty chipped in with a run and a walk.
"The Trojans also welcomed Wade Hester back from an extended leave," Matthews said. "Hunter Houghton came in with the bases loaded, got two quick outs and then bad luck struck an errant pitch struck the batter bringing in the tying run and then a single eventually brought in the winning run."
This time around the Trojans played flawless defense and even managed to draw eight walks. But, they still struck out as a team seven times.
"The Trojan defense was very solid with the entire team coming up with play after play without any errors backing up Evan," CR-6 assistant coach Jeff Angel said.
Community R-6 is at Clopton on April 16.