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  • Jerry Labell and the Trenton Trojans bounced back after losing a five-run lead Wednesday and came away with a 10-7 victory at Lincoln Park. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski
Trenton jumped out to a big early lead Wednesday, but needed a seventh-inning rally to come from behind and beat host Lincoln Park 10-7.

With the victory, the Trojans (14-4, 9-2 Downriver League)kept pace with Roosevelt in the chase for the league title, as the Bears are 8-2 in DRL action after beating Kennedy 3-0 Wednesday.

After the top of the first, the Trojans (14-4, 9-2 DRL) were up 5-0, but the Railsplitters (9-13, 5-7 DRL) answered with one in the bottom of the first, three in the second and three in the third to go up 7-5.

It was a run in the sixth for Trenton and four in the seventh that ultimately led to the comeback victory.

“We are very happy with the way the kids continue to fight,” said Trenton Coach Szalka of his team this season. “Our program motto is ‘Trojans Never Give Up.’ We have had our backs against the wall countless times this year and we just won't quit. We haven't come out on top of all those games, but we've got a bunch of fighters.”

To kick off Monday’s contest, the first six Trojans to bat each reached base, with Cody Montroy leading the way with a bases-loaded double that plated three runs.

Drew Johnson and Jerry Labell also had an RBI each in the first and both finished the game with two hits and an RBI each. Montroy was 1-for-4 on the day with three RBIs, Quinn Preston was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Brady Tanguay was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

LP scored in the bottom of the first with an RBI single from Dakota Locklear and in the second, Nate Hashbarger and Steve Glenn each hit an RBI sacrifice fly and Alexis Santos was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The following inning, Aaron Betancourt doubled in two runs for LP and Joel Santos hit an RBI sacrifice fly to add another. For the day, Betancourt was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Glenn was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Joel Santos was 2-for-4 with one RBI.

After the rocky first inning for Rails’ pitcher Alexis Santos, he quickly calmed down and allowed only one base runner over the next four innings.

To lead off the sixth, however, Tanguay reached on a bunt single and was later knocked in by Preston to cut the deficit to 7-6.

Alexis Santos was back on the mound to start the seventh, but was replaced by Jacob Hampton after Labell reached with a single. In six innings of work on Wednesday, the starter struck out five, walked two, allowed 10 hits and yielded four earned runs.

Grant Dukus and Tanguay followed in the seventh with back-to-back bunt singles and then an error on a ball hit by Montroy allowed Labell and Dukus to score, which put the visitors up 8-7. Tanguay also scored in the inning on a wild pitch and an RBI single from Preston plated Montroy, to make it 10-7.

Labell took the mound for the Trojans in the bottom of the seventh and allowed a double to Betancourt, but a ground ball and two strikeouts finished off Trenton’s come-from-behind win.

The Trojans will be in action tomorrow at home against Allen Park, while Rails are set for a trip to Anderson on Friday.





Last Updated: 5/7/2014 10:20:35 PM EST

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