The Pleasantville Trojans stepped out of Pride of Iowa Conference action Wednesday, June 27, for a non-conference tussle with the Chariton Chargers on the Pleasantville diamond. It was pedal to the metal for the Trojans right out of the chute and they scored in every inning on their way to a 12-2 rout in a mercy rule shortened game.
Three was the magic number for Pleasantville as the Trojans put a three spot on the board in each of the four innings that they were on offense. On the defensive side of the game it was Grant Fouch on the hill and he kept the Chargers in check by allowing only four scattered hits.
The defense did bend a little as the Trojans committed three errors and Fouch walked one and hit three batters.
The Trojans were in high gear early as leadoff hitter, Gauge Van Haalen drew a base on balls and Fouch followed with a base hit. A fielder’s choice by Kyle Amendt scored Van Haalen and Quintin Berglund reached on a fielder’s choice that filled the bases. Courtesy runner, Jacob Wicks, and Berglund scored on a hit by Cael Lester.
In the second inning, Fouch reached on a fielder’s choice and Amendt doubled him home. A single by Berglund scored Amendt. Berglund swiped second and scored when Lester was caught in a run down after singling.
In the third it was the bottom of the order that stimulated the offense. Caleb Adreon ripped a double to get it started and Devon Dursky chased him home with a single. Van Haalen and Fouch each walked to load the bases and then Amendt’s fly ball to center was dropped, scoring both Dursky and Van Haalen.
The fourth inning started with Lester and Owen Worthington each drawing a base on balls. Adreon singled to fill the sacks and Dursky’s ground ball to the right side scored Lester. Courtesy runner, Brent Wilkins, scored on a wild pitch and Adreon scored on a base knock by Van Haalen.
“When you score three runs in each inning, you will win a lot of baseball games,” Pleasantville Coach Sheldon Card quipped after the game. “Our guys did a good job offensively with great patience and plate discipline. Grant threw a lot of pitches and he did a great job of hanging in there. He has pitched well for us all year. We have a good pitching staff. They all work hard and you can count on them.”
Adreon led the Trojan offense with a double and a single while Lester poked a pair of singles and Amendt rapped a double.