Trolls Start Season with Fall Competition

The Trolls officially opened their 2016-17 season with a home double-header against Roosevelt University (Chicago, Illinois).  The first game went into extra innings, but ended in a lopsided 13-6 loss for Trinity.  The team gave up runs late in the game to suffer an 8-6 loss in the second of the double-header to leave them with a 0-2 start to their season.

In the first game each team scored in the third inning and Roosevelt added another two in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Trolls took the lead for the first time in the bottom of the fifth inning when, with two outs, Luke Weston homered to bring in three runs.

The Trolls’ lead did not last long as Roosevelt added three in the sixth inning to make it 6-4. Trinity gained one back in the bottom of that inning and scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to tie the game and send it into extra innings.

After a scoreless eighth inning, the game took a turn for the worst in the top of the ninth. Roosevelt exploded with seven hits, including a grand slam, to score seven runs. The Trolls did not have an answer for that scoring spree and the game ended in the 13-6 final.

Overall Trinity had 12 hits and Roosevelt had 17.  Weston, Kyle VanKalker, Stefano Belmonte, Alec Barnhart, and Chris Riemersma each had two hits. Tanner Reklaitis was the starting pitcher with 5.2 innings and Ricky Rogers got the loss.

Roosevelt again took the early lead in the second game and had a 5-2 advantage after three innings.  The Lakers added another run in the fourth inning to increase the gap to three runs before the Trolls rallied back. In the bottom half, hits by John Roberts, VanKalker, and Belmonte helped bring one run across the plate. Then a three-shot home run by Alec Barnhart, who also homered in the third inning, tied the game at 6-6.

In the sixth inning Roosevelt hit back-to-back doubles to score two runs to regain the lead. The Trolls only got one runner on base in their final two at bats to lose the game.

The team registered nine hits for the game and gave up 15. Riemersma was 3-for-4 from the plate and Barnhart had two hits for four RBI. Richard Yelnick pitched the first four innings, and Josh York got the loss.

The Trolls will host Trinity International University in a double-header on October 8 at 1 pm.