Trolls Split with Lakers
A home double-header with Roosevelt University (Chicago, Illinois) to start the week ended in a split decision. The Trolls scored early in the first game and cruised to an 8-1 victory. Trinity trailed through a large portion of the second game. They tied the score in the bottom of the 9th inning, but fell by one run at 8-7 in the 10th inning. The Trolls are now 20-21 for the season and 8-11 in the CCAC.
A two-run double by Chris Riemersma in the bottom of the 1st inning of game one put the Trolls on the board and gave them a lead they did not relinquish. Trinity greatly increased that lead in the bottom of the 2nd on a grand slam by Stefano Belmonte to make it 6-0.
Trinity tacked one more on in the 4th inning before Roosevelt got their only run in the 6th inning. The Trolls answered that run in the bottom half on an Austin Wood RBI single. After holding the Lakers in the top of the 7th the game ended with the 8-1 final.
The Trolls registered ten hits for the game with Belmonte, Riemersma, Kyle Van Kalker, and Wood each getting two. Bryan Vanderlee pitched the entire game for the win.
Roosevelt took control of the scoreboard in the second game and by the end of four innings had a 5-0 lead. The Trolls got going in the bottom of the 5th when they scored five runs on two hits to tie the score.
The Lakers immediately answered with two runs in the top of the 6th and the Trolls kept them in check as they added one on a sacrifice fly by Belmonte. Trinity still trailed 7-6 as they headed in to the bottom of the 9th. Singles by Alec Barnhart and Riemersma put runners on base and they moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by VanKalker. The Trolls brought one run across the plate on a wild pitch to tie the game. They had bases loaded with two outs when a ground out ended the inning and sent the game into extra innings.
To start the 10th inning Roosevelt got on base and was brought home on a double to give them the lead. In the bottom half with one out Belmonte and Barnhart singled to provide base runners. Unfortunately the Trolls could not move them as the inning ended with two long fly balls that resulted in outs.
Trinity had a total of 12 hits of which Tyler Sroczynski had three and Zack Jones, Barnhart, and Wood each had two. There were five different pitchers on the mound with Blake Timmer giving up the final run for the loss.
The Trolls play again on April 21 at home against Indiana University-South Bend in a 3:30 pm game.