By TYLER HENRY
Salina Post contributor
The Southeast of Saline Trojan Baseball team continued their improbable 2021 run with two more wins over Chapman on Friday to advance to 15-1 on the year.
With victories of 7-6 and 9-8, SES extends their winning streak to eight while Chapman falls to 4-8 on the season.
The Trojans found themselves behind early in game one as Chapman picked up a run in the second inning, but took the lead with three in the third before the Irish struck for four unanswered in the fourth and fifth.
Down 5-3, SES rallied in the visitors sixth, scoring three runs to take back the lead for a second time, but Chapman wasn’t done yet, tying the game 6-6 heading into the seventh.
For a third time in four innings, the Trojans would battle for the lead, finding the go ahead run in the seventh inning, but Chapman loaded the bases with one out and looked primed for a walk off victory.
Unfortunately for the Irish, disaster struck as a lineout to Hart Nurnberg turned into a double play at second to end the game thanks to some heads up defense by the Trojan center fielder.
Following the heartbreaking defeat, Chapman sought revenge in game two, taking another early lead, this time of 4-0, in the first three innings.
The lead was short lived thanks to continued hot hitting by the Trojans, who struck for three in the fourth, one in the fifth and five in the seventh to send the Irish to their final at-bats down 9-5.
Chapman battled back again, bringing the game back within one but were eventually shut down by Jaython Mathis as the Trojans picked up a second one-run victory by a final score of 9-8.
It was a great day at the plate for Mathis as well, who collected five hits to lead the team between the two games.
Southeast of Saline will be back in action next Tuesday when they return home for the first time in nearly a month to host the 10-6 Ellsworth Bearcats.
Stay tuned to the Salina Post for continuing coverage of the SES Trojan baseball team.