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Carleton Airport's 10-run fifth inning dooms Trenton in regional semifinals PHOTO GALLERY

  • Trenton lefty Thad Plaza pitched 2+ scoreless innings before leaving the game with elbow soreness. The Trojans ultimately fell by a score of 15-5 against host Carleton Airport in the regional semifinals. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • Dylin Geiger of host Carleton Airport went all five innings on the mound and drove in five of his team's 15 runs in a 15-5 regional semifinal win over Trenton on Saturday. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)
  • The Trenton Trojans saw their season end on Saturday in Regionals at Airport with a 15-5 loss against the host Jets. (MIPrepZone Photo Gallery by Alex Muller)

Entering its Division 2 Regional semifinal game against host Airport on Saturday, Trenton had won six consecutive games and 14 of the last 18 games.

They were up against a Jets team that racked up 25 runs en route to the district title.

Airport continued its hot-hitting ways on Saturday and ended Trenton's winning streak and its season with a 15-5 run-rule win after just five innings of play.

Early on, it didn't seem like Airport stood much of a chance. Trenton raced out to a 3-0 lead through their first three at-bats. Ean Purcell was the recipient of all three runs batted in with a single in the first and a double in the third. Meanwhile, Thad Plaza was on auto pilot early on, not allowing any runs through the first two frames.

However, Plaza left the game midway through the third inning with elbow discomfort, said Coach Todd Szalka after the game. And that's when the wheels began to fall off.

Airport went on to score five runs in the inning to take a 5-3 lead, which included a three-run homer off the bat of Airport's Dylin Geiger, who also started for the Jets. It accounted for three of his five RBIs on the day.

Trenton briefly tied it up in the next half inning with a two-run shot from Trevor Towe. The game remained tied 5-5 entering the bottom of the fifth. Following Plaza's premature departure, Zack Perkins and Towe tried to hold down the fort as best as possible, but the Jetsí offense exploded. They eventually capped it with a 10-run fifth inning, putting the run rule in effect and sealing a win.

"It came down to pitching today," Szalka said after the game. "(Thad Plaza) was cruising into the third, but then we had to pull him because he was having some elbow soreness. You bring a guy in in that situation, he feels the pressure. And it led to five runs for (Airport). A lot of walks and hit batsmen opened it up for them in the fifth."

"We hit the ball well today, and I thought we played good defense, didn't make any errors," Szalka added. "Very rarely do you lose a ball game when those are going right, but we gave them too many free passes and they came through with timely hitting."

The Trojans finished with 26 wins under the belt in 2017, one of the higher win totals in Szalka's 10 years as Trenton head coach. And he said despite the loss on Saturday, there were a lot of positives to take away.

"We implemented a lot of new things this season," Szalka said. "We play in a tough league, and we did a great job going 10-8 in league playing and being competitive every time, even in our losses. We had two or three guys that didn't even play last season and ended up being all-district this season."

"Today was not a great day, not our day, but it was a great season for us."

Last Updated: 6/11/2017 4:46:46 PM EST