Hands-down the highest point came for A-P in a 1-0 upset win over Salt Fork. Trojans pitcher Rylee Showalter got the job done during a complete-game effort, and Austin Keen’s chopper down the third-base line plated Dalton Loschen for the walk-off run.
After that game, the Trojans were riding a high wave and were hopeful that victory could be the positive turning point in the season in a loaded Vermillion Valley Conference. Following the big win on April 26, however, A-P lost its final nine games of the season, including a 7-5 loss to Schlarman in a regional game.
The Trojans have plenty of young talent across the board, and perhaps the excitement of a big win over the rival Storm could get more players to try out for baseball. That’s the biggest snafu holding back Darren Loschen’s club … participation.
From a positive standpoint, the Trojans’ individual successes were most notable. Kayla Roe finished with three HRs, 19 RBI, 24 runs scored and 26 hits while hitting for a .456 average. Casey Dillman belted a pair of HRs and finished .463 across 17 games, while Madi Gayheart (.441, 12 RBI), Tessa Van Ostrand (.396, 10 RBI) also finished with decent numbers.
A season that began with such promise and optimism quickly faded, culminating in a 4-19 finish. It was the worst season for a visibly frustrated Gary Duden, the Trojans coach who watched his team struggle to put together consistent performances.
The Trojans must find a way to replace Gayheart, who put in a ton of work in the pitcher’s circle. However, A-P does return its biggest offensive producer in catcher Kayla Roe.
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