Trojans turn fatigue into energy, defeat Northland Christian 5-1 in playoffs


The Community R-6 Trojans are going home. They earned a home playoff game at 5 p.m. Wednesday against Sacred Heart after defeating Northland Christian 5-1 on Monday at Creekside Baseball Complex in Parkville, three hours away. Gavin Allen battled through 5 2/3 innings while allowing one run and Tucker Cox went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored from the No. 9 spot in the batting order.

“We made a lot of mistakes and not once did I think that it looked like we were done fighting,” head coach Joel Krato said. “I don’t think (Gavin) threw anywhere near his best game. I think the three-hour bus ride affected him, but if you were out there watching, that was him competing his tail off. I never saw my kids show any emotion out there, and I’ve been bashing them for three years, this year included, that you can not because everyone else is watching you. If you look defeated, everyone else looks defeated.”

Look for the full recap and thoughts from the game in the Wednesday, May 24, 2023, edition of the Mexico Ledger.