Trolls Slug Way to Two Wins

The final day of competition for the Trolls in the Florida RussMatt Invitational was filled with hits and runs. A total of 47 runs were scored in the two games of the day and Trinity posted a total of 28 hits. The opening game required an extra inning before the Trolls took a 15-13 win over Rochester College (Rochester Hills, Michigan). The team followed with a 12-7 win over Trinity Baptist College (Jacksonville, Florida). The Trolls ended their Spring Break trip with a 6-2 record and are 10-8 overall for the season.

Against Rochester the teams were tied at 2-2 after three innings. The Trolls had a big fourth inning with back-to-back home runs by Jake Tholl, scoring three runs, and Kyle VanKalker.  Trinity held their 7-2 lead until Rochester scored two in the sixth inning to close to 7-4.

The Trolls seemed to take control of the game in the seventh inning when they were busy on the base path and scored six runs. Three of those runs came on a bases-loaded triple by Alex Nisle. Luke Weston followed with another triple that brought Nisle in. By the end of the inning the Trolls were ahead 13-4.

The game looked to be over, but Rochester had other plans as they more than batted through their order and took advantage of the relief pitchers to score nine runs and tie the game. With a 13-13 tie the game went into extra innings.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Trinity got runners on base as two batters were hit by a pitch. Tholl followed with a single that moved those runners home for two runs.  The Trolls held Rochester in the bottom of the inning and posted the 15-13 win.

Trinity had 12 hits for the game and Rochester had 11. Tholl ended with two hits and five RBI. Tyler Sroczynski, Kyle Kolb, and VanKalker each had two hits and Nisle tallied four RBI. Clay DeHaan pitched for the first six innings and Patrick Hogan ended the game for the win.  

The hits and runs continued in the second game of the day with Trinity Baptist.  After scoring one run in the first inning, the Trolls added four more on six singles in the second inning to take a 5-2 lead.  Trinity gained one more run in the third inning, but Trinity Baptist scored four runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 6-6.  

The Trolls quickly got the lead back with a run in the bottom of the fourth and then increased their lead with three runs on back-to-back home runs by Sroczynski and Kolb in the fifth inning. By the end of the fifth the team had a 10-6 lead.

Trinity Baptist added one run in the top of the sixth, but the Trolls doubled that production in the bottom of the inning on a two-run single by Tholl. After holding the Eagles scoreless in the top of the seventh the Trolls had the 12-7 win.

Trinity had a total of 16 hits for the game and Trinity Baptist had 11. Kolb and Van Kalker each had three hits and Chris Baker, Sroczynski, and Tholl each had two. Kolb and Tholl recorded RBI apiece. William Curtis recorded the win on the mound in four innings pitched.  

The Trolls will begin their conference play on March 13 at home in a 1 pm double-header with Olivet Nazarene University.