WORTON — “Wind-assisted, wind-assisted” was the Trojans’ chorus from the dugout Friday afternoon, a good-natured jab at teammate Dylan Hill, who may have had some help from Mother Nature with his grand slam last month during a scrimmage here.
Hill (2-for-3) did all the work on his own this time, however, with a three-run blast that cleared the left field fence in the Trojans’ six-run third inning.
Kent scored eight more runs in the fourth to defeat visiting Mardela, 14-3.
The game was called due to the 10-run rule after Mardela batted in the fifth.
Hill’s three-run homer was the exclamation point on a 3-1 week for the Trojans, who are 4-3 after an 0-2 start.
Junior right-hander Peyton Taylor got the win Friday, pitching a shutout through four innings. Salisbury University commit Dylan Smith’s two-run home run in the fifth was the only blemish on an otherwise solid effort by Taylor, who shared in the 4-0 shutout of Cambridge to begin the week.
The weather was crummy Friday — overcast, raw and damp, with intermittent rainfall.
The mood brightened for the locals with their six-run third inning, when all the scoring was done with two away.
First baseman Noah Iseman, swinging from the left side of the plate, plated Conner Dean for the game’s first run. Catcher Donnie Forgan doubled in a pair of runs and then Gary Emory, the courtesy runner for Forgan, scored what held up to be the winning run.
Emory and Kenny Fowler (walk) were aboard for Hill’s game-defining homer that gave Taylor all the run support he would need.
The Trojans erupted for eight runs in the last of the fourth. Dean (walk) scored on an Ian Walters’ extra-base hit that was inches from leaving Spry Field at KCHS. Walters subsequently scored on a passed ball.
Forgan’s single plated Taylor and Iseman (2-for-3), who drew free passes, to increase the lead to 10-0.
Pinch hitters Buddy Welch and Collin Turner also had run-scoring hits. Turner drove in two runs with a single.
Taylor helped himself with an RBI-single in the bat-around inning, bringing home Turner for Kent’s 14th run.
Mardela broke up the shutout in the top of the fifth — a hit, a walk, a fielder’s choice and Smith’s home run accounting for three runs.
In the middle of the week, Kent downed visiting North Dorchester, 13-3, in another run-abbreviated game. Sophomore Dean Sipe scattered seven hits through five innings to get the win, the third in as many games for Kent.
Walters and Taylor had two hits apiece and collectively scored five runs. Turner (double), Fowler (triple), Forgan and Iseman each drove in two runs.
Kent played four games last week, which is challenging for a small team.
“It is getting harder with arms starting to become sore,” coach Phil Cygan wrote in an email Monday. “With the pitch count the way it is, we have to use people who do not normally pitch. That being said, we have been able to strategically use our pitchers so far to help us win games. Hopefully the weather cooperates and we can continue to utilize our pitchers effectively,” he said in the email.