Trolls Drop Four Games at Columbia

Over the weekend the Trolls played in two double-headers at Columbia College (Columbia, Missouri). It was a rough two days for the team as they came away with four losses. On Friday the Trolls started out well, but gave up runs late for an 8-5 loss. In the second game the Trolls fell behind early and ended in a 9-4 loss. The double-header on Friday produced multiple runs in two high-scoring games. Trinity lost the first game 11-9 and dropped the second one 22-7. The team is now 4-6 for the season.

In the opening game of the weekend the Trolls jumped to a good start and behind four hits they scored four runs in the 2nd inning. Three of those runs came on a double to right field by Chris Baker. By the end of the 4th inning the Trolls held a 4-1 lead.

A double by Kyle Kolb in the top of the 5th inning scored one more run to give the team a 5-1 lead. However and error combined with three walks and two hits in the bottom of the inning allowed Columbia to score four runs and tie the game.

Trinity got a couple of base runners on in the 6th inning, but did not score. Columbia came back with three hits to score three runs and take an 8-5 lead. The Trolls did not score in the top of the 7th and took the loss.

Trinity had 11 hits for the game with Baker, Kolb, Kyle Van Kalker, and Alex Nisle each getting two.  Richard Yelnick threw the first four innings and Bryan Vanderlee pitched two.

In the second game Columbia scored first with three hits and three runs in the 1st inning. A solo homer in the 3rd for the Cougars made it a 4-0 game. Trinity got on the board in the 4th inning, but Columbia tacked on three in the bottom half to make it 7-1.

The Trolls rallied in the 5th inning with three runs. With bases loaded Baker put the ball in play to bring one run in and Kolb doubled to drive the next two in. Columbia came right back and added two more runs in the bottom of the 5th.

After going three up and three down in the 6th, the Trolls had a good opportunity in the 7th inning to score. They had bases loaded with one out, but stranded those runners as the game ended.

Trinity had seven hits for the game with Kolb claiming two for two RBI. Tyler LaFlamme got the loss as he pitched the first four innings. Clay DeHaan finished the game on the mound.

In the first game of the second day of action 15 runs were scored between the two teams in the fifth inning. Heading into that inning the Trolls trailed at 2-1. They connected on six hits, including a three run homer by Jake Tholl, to score seven runs. The team’s 8-1 run was soon lost as Columbia answered with eight runs in the bottom of the inning to take over the lead again at 10-8.

Columbia added another run in the 6th inning to go ahead by three runs. The Trolls got one back in the top of the 7th, but could not keep the game alive.

Trinity had a total of 12 hits for the game and Columbia had 10. However the Trolls also committed four errors.  Baker led the team with three hits while Austin Wood and Alex Nisle each had two.  Grant Lyons was on the mound for 4.2 innings for the loss.

The second game got away from the Trolls early when Columbia scored eight runs in the 1st inning and another four in the 2nd to take a 12-0 lead. The Cougars continued to add runs and after five innings were ahead 22-3. Trinity scored late with four runs in the 6th inning that brought the final score to 22-7.

Trinity had wide range of players in the action and had a total of six hits.  The team also had six different pitchers on the mound.

The Trolls will play in Florida on their Spring Break trip on March 6-10.