Trolls Open Spring Season with Wins

An unseasonably warm February day was the perfect start to the spring season for the Trolls. The team hosted Spring Arbor University (Spring Arbor, Michigan) in a double-header that resulted in two victories.  Trinity had a total of 24 hits in the two contests and scored a total of 20 runs. They took the first game 7-2 and rolled to a 13-4 win in the second game.  With the games from the fall the Trolls are 4-2 for the season.

In the opening game the Trolls made a late game charge to secure the victory. They gave up one run in each of the first two innings to fall behind. A double by Alec Barnhart followed by a RBI single by Kyle VanKalker in the fourth inning put the Trolls on the board. Stefano Belmonte singled in the fifth to drive in a run to tie the game.

The Trolls opened the game up in the bottom of the sixth with five hits and five runs to take a 7-2 lead. On the mound Tanner Reklaitis held the Cougars and did not give up a hit until the seventh inning. With bases loaded Zack Jones came in for the final three outs of the inning and the game.

Trinity had 11 hits for the game with VanKalker claiming three and Belmonte and Tyler Sroczynski with two each. Belmonte finished the game with three RBI. Reklaitis gave up only the one hit and registered 11 strike-outs for the win.

The Trolls commanded the second game of the twin-bill from the start when a home run by Belmonte in the first inning gave the team two runs. Trinity had four hits for five runs in the second inning to go ahead 7-1.

With an 8-3 lead after four innings, the Trolls loaded the bases in the fifth. A double by Belmonte scored two, Barnhart brought in one more, and Blake Kerzich singled for a fourth run to make it 12-3. Trinity tacked one more in the sixth inning, which the Cougars got back in the seventh to create the 13-4 final.  

Overall the Trolls had 13 hits for the game. Belmonte was 4-of-5 with four runs and 5 RBIs. Sroczynski had three hits and VanKalker finished with two. Tyler LaFlamme pitched through five innings for the win.

The Trolls will host Spring Arbor again tomorrow in another noon double-header.