Trojans bounced from postseason by West Hancock

BELMOND – Northeast Hamilton matched West Hancock in hits here last night, but the Eagles won the battle when runners were in scoring position in a Class 1A District 3 quarterfinal.

West Hancock (9-11) plated a pair of runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back in a 7-0 victory.

Both teams finished with seven hits – all singles.

“We started off shaky in the first inning and from there we just couldn’t connect with our hits,” NEH head coach Chace Pruismann said.

West Hancock tacked on three runs in the fifth inning to build its lead to 5-0 and then added two more for good measure in the sixth.

Gabe Rapp went six innings on the mound in a losing effort for the Trojans (6-15). He struck out two before handing the ball off to Logan Seiser in the seventh.

Seiser slapped two hits in the game. Trevor Klaver, Stephen Chamness, Andy Pate, Tyler Smith and Austin Smith all added one.

NEH said goodbye to three seniors – Klaver, Chamness and Noah Ronnfeldt. Pruismann, a rookie head coach, said the season was one he will remember.

“The season went way too fast,” he said. “It was a blast to get to know the kids and it’s something no one can take away from me.

“I wouldn’t trade one kid for a kid on another team.”

West Hancock advanced to Thursday’s semifinal back in Belmond.