HJ - ESP Baseball Drennen

Waiting for his pitch is Eli Drennen of Essex/South Page Friday, June 7, against Sidney. The Cowboys collected a 7-0 road win the contest. (Valley News photo by Bryan Clark)

The Essex/South Page Trojans scored double digit runs for the second time in as many games, but again lost as West Harrison earned a 22-12 win in five innings, Tuesday, June 4, at Essex.

Trojan pitching walked 14 West Harrison batters as the Hawkeyes scored in every inning.

Essex/South Page stayed in striking distance for a while. The Hawkeyes scored five runs in the first inning without a hit against Trojan pitcher Tucker Hadden.

The Trojans answered with three runs in the home first. The first three batters walked, and then Quentin Thornburg singled in a pair of runs. Another walk and an error led to one more run scoring and the Trojans were within 5-3 after the first inning.

West Harrison scored six runs in the second inning on four hits and then four more scored in the third on one hit for a 15-3 lead.

Essex/South Page responded with six runs in the home third. After a groundout to start the inning, six straight Trojans reached base with Eli Drennen providing the only hit. After a strikeout, three more Trojans reached, including Thornburg driving in two more with a double.

West Harrison extended the lead to 21-9 in the top of the fourth, scoring six runs on four hits.

The Trojans scored three more times, though, in the home fourth. Hadden singled to start the inning. A walk, an error and a couple more Trojans reaching on a fielder’s choice allowed those runs to score.

The Hawkeyes added one in the top of the fifth and three straight Trojans struck out after a Jake Gray single in the bottom of the fifth, ending the game.

Thornburg ended with two hits and four RBIs to lead the Trojans. Gray singled and walked three times. Colton Thornburg also reached base on all four plate appearances, which included a second inning double.

The loss dropped the Trojans to 0-2.

The top four Hawkeyes in the batting order drove in three runs each and scored a total of 10 times as they improved to 3-1. The Hawkeyes have scored 57 runs in their three wins.

The Lenox Tigers took advantage of several free bases to put up 18 runs in just three innings in an 18-2 win at Essex/South Page, Wednesday, June 5.

Essex/South Page pitching handed out 13 walks, the Trojan defense committed six errors and the Tigers took advantage, scoring three runs in the first inning, eight in the second and seven more in the third.

The Trojans put up a pair of runs in the opening inning. Colton Thornburg started the frame with a single. Daniel Ohnmacht walked and then Luke Dalley singled to load the bases. After a pop out, Jake Gray singled in a run and Eli Drennen drove in another on a groundout.

Drennen had the only other Essex/South Page hit over the final two innings as the Trojans fell to 0-3 on the season.

Ohnmacht and Tucker Hadden both reached base twice with Ohnmacht drawing two walks and Hadden walking once and also being hit by a pitch.

Essex/South Page pitching has now given up 55 runs in three games.

Lenox won its second straight game to improve to 2-3.

Sidney senior Justis Hayes turned in a dominant pitching performance, Friday, June 7 in leading the Cowboys to a 7-0 road win over Essex/South Page in Corner Conference play.

Hayes gave up a single to Colton Thornburg on his first pitch. He hit Luke Dalley with a pitch later in the inning, and then walked Jake Gray with two outs. Hayes came back and struck out Eli Drennen to leave the bases loaded, and blew through the Trojan bats from there. His only blemish in the final six innings was hitting Tucker Hadden with a pitch to lead off the fifth.

It was an 89-pitch complete game for Hayes. He gave up just the one hit with one walk and 15 strikeouts.

“I threw my slider maybe 25 percent of the time,” said Hayes, “that was my go-to pitch and they couldn’t hit it.”

“He pitched last week and was very good and was again (Friday),” Sidney coach Brad Johnson said. “Once he gets in a rhythm, he wants to get back to the rubber and it worked well for him.”

Hayes now has 27 strikeouts in 15 innings with a 1.40 ERA in three starts this season.

The Cowboy bats jumped in front early to help Hayes as well. Garett Phillips walked to start the game against Trojans pitcher Daniel Ohnmacht and scored on an error.

Cale Phillips and Hayes had singles to go with three Trojan errors in a four-run second inning that was more than enough for the Cowboys to earn their second win of the season.

“We’re swinging the bat well,” said Johnson. “We can always improve on that. Overall it was a good team win.”

Ohnmacht settled down nicely after the second inning. The Trojan defense committed a couple errors behind him late to allow another two runs to score in the sixth.

“There were multiple innings (Ohnmacht) had to throw more (than he should have),” Essex/South Page coach Jay Soderberg said. “It’s getting there. We moved some guys around and maybe we found some spots where we can play defense.”

Soderberg said they had a chance in the first inning to put something on the board offensively, but after that they couldn’t find any success against the Cowboy senior.

“(Hayes) pitched great,” said Soderberg. “We had an opportunity in the first inning and had the bases loaded. That killed momentum early, and we couldn’t get it back.”

The loss dropped the Trojans to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the Corner Conference.

Sidney is 2-4 overall with the win, 2-1 in the conference.

The Cowboys and Trojans will play again, Monday, June 24 in Sidney.

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