Jacob Hackman was one of three Trojans to get a hit Saturday. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
It all comes down to Tuesday night for the Turkey Valley baseball team (19-17) as the Trojans will be going up against Class 1A No. 4 Don Bosco for the right to go to state.
The Trojans advanced by defeating Starmont (10-22) Thursday in the district semifinal and Class 1A No. 7 Kee High (32-11) Saturday in the final.
The winner Tuesday night against TV and Don Bosco (26-6) will go on to the Class 1A state tournament, which begins Friday and Saturday, July 26-27 .
What a night
Everything came together for the Trojans Saturday night against Kee High, as the Trojans won 3-2.
"It was a great game. Riley Busta pitched very well," said Coach Dan Stepan. "We scored enough to win. We will have to play even better to beat Don Bosco Tuesday at Starmont."
The Trojans got the game started strong when Riley Meirick reached base on an error. Following a sacrifice, Ryan Busta reached base on a walk, then Dalton Hackman on a fielder's choice. Following a second out, Jacob Hackman drove in a run on a single. Kyle Reicks followed suit with an RBI single.
Kee's Chris Carroll single-handedly brought the Hawks back. He had a solo home run in the second inning, then had a triple in the fourth inning. He scored on a balk to tie the game.
In the fifth inning, Justin Hackman was brought in to bat. He reached base on an error. He scored on a Ry. Busta fielder's choice, giving Turkey Valley a 3-2 lead.
Kee had a chance to come back in the seventh with a single and a walk. However, the Trojans got a strike out and a put out to secure the win.
Turkey Valley had just three hits in the game. D. Hackman had a double while Ja. Hackman and Reicks had singles.
Riley Busta threw a strong game. He gave up just four hits and two earned runs while striking out nine.
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