Trojans Open League Play with Sweep of Goshen
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor outscored Goshen, 20-4, in a Thursday afternoon doubleheader at Winterholter Field, sweeping the twin bill with 12-1 and 8-3 victories to extend a six-game win streak and open Crossroads League play at 2-0.
The Trojans pounced early with four runs in the second inning and eight more in the third frame of game one, cruising to a 12-1 mercy-rule win in seven innings. Nine different TU players scored at least one run in the affair with the big blows coming via a TJ Bass grand slam and a Conner Crawford two-run dinger in the third.
Crawford also tripled in the contest, drove in two and scored twice, while Brett Lawson collected two hits with a triple, one run and one RBI.
Joe Moran (4-2) breezed through six innings of work for his fourth win of the year on the mound, fanning nine Maple Leaf batters without issuing a walk. Moran held Goshen to one run on four hits in the dominant outing.
TU’s offense stayed hot in the second game, taking a 2-0 lead two batters into the lineup on a Kade Vander Molen blast and adding another tally for a 3-0 advantage by the end of the first.
The Taylor lead grew to 6-0 before Goshen’s only rally of the afternoon plated three runs to cut the edge in half in the top of the sixth. Tucker Waddups entered the game in relief to get out of the jam and finished off the final four outs of the contest for the save.
Vander Molen was the hitting star for TU, going 2-4 with a home run, one double, four RBI, two runs scored and a steal. Ben Kalbaugh and Brett Lawson each also had two hits, with Lawson doubling and scoring twice.
Noah Huseman (2-0) was nearly flawless before running into trouble in the sixth, notching his second win by holding GC to three runs on five hits and one walk over 5.2 innings. Huseman struck out a career-high 10 batters in the start, before handing off to Waddups.
RV Taylor (13-6, 2-0 CL) and Goshen (0-5, 0-2 CL) will square off again on Saturday at 1:00 pm at Winterholter Field. The Maple Leafs will be the home team on the scoreboard in the doubleheader.