MUSCODA - The Riverdale Chieftains traveled to Seneca on Thursday night, April 21. Behind a strong pitching performance from Trevor Troxel, they picked up a nice 6-1 win over Seneca. Trevor limited the Indians to one unearned run on four hits, while striking out 10.
“It was good to get back on the field and play a game,” said Coach Curt Thompson. “I thought we played a solid game and Trevor was very effective again tonight. When he gets his side arm delivery going he is as tough as anyone on the mound.”
The Chieftains grabbed the early lead, as Bradon Roen led off with a line drive single to left and moved to second on an error. Brady Fox would run for Bradon and promptly steal third base. One out later, Trevor Johnson would single to right and it was 1-0.
We would extend the lead in the second. Michael Schaefer led off with a single to left and stole second. One out later, Dalton Haile singled to left to put runners on the corners. Ethan Haffner walked to load the bases. Roen drove in the run with a fielder’s choice ground out, and it was 2-0.
Meanwhile Troxel was shutting down Seneca. After a leadoff single in the first, he would retire the next six in a row.
In the third, Riverdale got singles by Caleb Johnson and Elijah Cannon, but did not score. The Chieftains shut down Seneca in the bottom of the inning.
In the fourth, Riverdale continued to inch away from the Indians. With one out, Haffner walked and stole second. Roen singled again, to drive in Ethan. One out later, Trevor Johnson skied a double to deep left center to score pinch runner Charlie Luck for a 4-0 lead.
“A pair of big hits by Bradon and Trevor,” noted the coach.
As Troxel and a solid Chieftain defense continued to breeze through the Seneca line-up, Riverdale added a run in the fifth. With one out, Drake Harris reached on a walk. Ty Hougan followed with a single to left to put runners on first and second. One out later, Haffner delivered an RBI single, to bring in another run.
“We had our entire line up contribute again tonight and that will be a key to our success this year,” said Coach Thompson.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Chieftain ran into some trouble, but they escapde a bases loaded, two outs jam when Troxel struck out the Seneca hitter.
“Tight spot, but Trevor came up with the big pitch to get us out of trouble,” Thompson said.
In the seventh, Riverdale added one more run. With one out, Harris was hit by a pitch. Fox pinch ran and quickly stole second. Fox scored when hot hitting Haile lined a double down the left field line to make it 6-0.
“Dalton has been swinging a great bat, and Fox’s speed on the bases is a huge asset,” said Coach Thompson.
Seneca add an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 6-1 win.
“We played good baseball and picked up a nice win, says Coach Thompson. “We need to continue to improve each game and keep our focus and intensity.”
Box Score: AB-RUNS-HITS-RBI: Roen 4-0-2-2; Troxel 3-0-0-0; T. Johnson 4-0-2-2; C. Johnson 4-0-1-0; Cannon 4-0-1-0; Schaefer 2-1-1-0; Harris 0-1-0-0; Fox 0-2-0-0; Luck 0-1-0-0; Hougan 4-0-1-0; Haile 4-0-2-1; Haffner 1-0-1-1; Ekleberry 0-0-0-0; and Sperry 1-0-0-0
Pitching Stats: IP-HITS-R-ER-BB-K: Troxel 7-4-1-0-3-10