Trojans shell CAL for 12 hits, win in 4

BLAIRSBURG – Northeast Hamilton started hot at the plate and never cooled off here yesterday, as the Trojans ended a three-game losing streak on the baseball diamond.

NEH battered CAL starting pitcher Zach Vanness for five first-inning runs and it only got worse from there in the Trojans’ 15-0, 4-inning Iowa Star Conference victory. They finished with 12 hits off Vanness and reliever Miguel Calles.

“This definitely got us back on the track we want to get on,” NEH head coach Chace Pruismann said. “I’m proud of the guys who stood up (last night) and showed they want to play.”

NEH (3-3, 3-2 ISC) packed on three runs in the second and showed CAL (1-8, 1-5 ISC) the early exit with seven more runs in the bottom of the third.

Logan Seiser and Kyler Rapp both plated runs in the opening frame to put the Trojans in front for good. Seiser had a single, double and two RBIs in the romp; Rapp drove in three runs.

Gabe Rapp went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Trevor Klaver and Kyle Pruismann both collected two base knocks and Pruismann picked up two RBIs.

Austin Smith and Nick Jeffers singled as well.

Seiser got the easy victory on the bump. The junior right-hander had his best control of the season; he allowed just two hits and two walks, and he fanned eight.

“Logan was on (last night),” Chace Pruismann said. “I don’t care where we played, he would have been hot.”

NEH will have a day to rest before it hosts conference rival Colo-NESCO on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Royals will be led onto the diamond by head coach Brandon Kelley, who had the same position at NEH for a decade before handing the reigns over to Pruismann this summer.