The Trojans baseball team was expecting to play earlier this week against section rival Mount Pleasant, but because of a COVID shutdown, Derry had to wait until Friday to try and gain their first section win of the season.
After game one of a twin bill at Derry was postponed Friday afternoon, the Trojans traveled to Viking field to play a single affair, and was able to grind out a 10-6 victory.
Senior Paul Koontz pitched four innings of relief to pick up the mound win. He gave up just one earned run, and did not yield a single hit. He struck out three and tossed just 55 pitches.
Derry pounded out 13 hits led by the hot-hitting Josh Ulery, who finished 3-4. The senior added three RBI. Senior’s Ryan Bushey and Matt McDowell each had two hits, while junior Ryan Hood, and Sophomore Ashton Beighley also chipped in with multi-hit performances.
Derry trailed 1-0 after one inning, but built a 3-1 lead in the top of the second, taking advantage of two Viking errors and getting a big triple from McDowell to deep left field. A Bushey double capped off the inning.
The Vikings would add a four spot in the bottom of inning number two, and took a 5-3 lead. Derry would answer with three runs in the fourth and fifth inning’s, and tallied a single run in the sixth to pull away.
The Trojans take a two game win streak into a section battle at Ligonier Valley on Monday. Game time is slated for 4pm.