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Diamond Trojans open with wins; start season 2-0

he Trojans opened the 2016 season with a small Opening Day ceremony at Aldora Field. The Lamar County AJROTC Trojan Battalion presented the colors, McKenzi Oberg, a LCHS freshman and niece of head coach Mike Oberg, sang the national anthem, and former Trojan and US Navy Logistics Specialist, Tristen Buckner threw out the first pitch. Prior to the first pitch, the Trojans held their $10,000 raffle which was won by Lance Templeton. ’I want to thank everyone who supported our raffle,’ said coach Oberg. The Trojans took an early lead and never looked back. Senior Wyatt Walden handed Oberg his first ever win as head coach with a dazzling performance on the mound. Wyatt faced 23 batters in 6 innings, striking out nine, walking two and giving up a single hit. Sophomore Dawson Worthy secured the 4-0 victory by shutting the door in the seventh inning. At the plate, senior Juan Tucker took charge for the Trojans. Having to take the 2015 season off due to a knee injury didn’t seem to slow Tucker down. He drove in all four runs, going 2 for 3 with two doubles. Parker McBroom and Michael King also added doubles, both going 2 for 3 in the game. Micah Willis also added a hit. Tucker, Scott Parker and Hunter Deaton scored runs for the Trojans. ’After the game, I told the guys that I appreciated their hard work and effort going into this game,’ said coach Oberg. ‘They took great pride in handing me my first win, and they wanted to make sure it happened in game 1.’ The Trojans faced Marion Feb. 19, with a strong pitching performance. Senior Parker Mc-Broom went six strong innings, facing 23 batters and only giving up a single hit. The hit and a sacrifice fly by the Eagles in the third were the only blemishes for McBroom on the day. He struck out eight Marion batters on the day. And, once again, Dawson Worthy faced the minimum batters and shut the door in the seventh inning. Similar to their Opening Day win, the Trojans scored in the first inning and never looked back. Juan Tucker’s first-inning double plated a run. Tucker led the Trojans yet again and finished the day 2 for 3 with a double, two runs scored, a walk and an RBI. Senior Marcus Fuller came straight from the basketball court and went 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored. Cody Fuqua added a hit, RBI and run. Collin Thompson singled and Alondrick Cole also scored for the Trojans. ’Once again, a strong pitching performance guided us to an easy win,’ said coach Oberg. ‘I hope our bats come around soon, so we can take some pressure off our arms. Either way, we’ll take 2-0.’ The Trojans travel to Buena Vista for a rematch with the Eagles on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

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