Trolls Post Two Wins in Opener

The 2019 season opened for the Trolls a double-header at Harris Stowe State University (St. Louis, Missouri). Playing at the O’Fallon Family Sports Park, Trinity came away with two victories. The first game needed extra innings before the team got the 6-5 victory. The second game, which resulted in a 7-1 win, ended early after five innings due to inclement weather.

In the opening game the first runs were scored by Harris Stowe in the second inning on the result of a couple of errors by the Trolls. The Hornets loaded the bases on a misplayed bunt.  After preventing a run on a turned a double play, the Trolls committed another miscue that allowed Harris-Stowe to bring in two runs.

The 2-0 scored held until the sixth inning when Trinity briefly took over the lead. Jake Tholl started the inning with a double to right center. A walk, fielder’s choice, and wild pitch allowed Frank Romano, pinch running for Tholl, to score to put the Trolls on the board.  Josh Caceres followed with a single to drive in one more run to tie the game.

The Trolls were not finished as they loaded the bases on two walks. Will Kulcher singled to bring in one run while another runner followed on a bobbled throw on the play. Before the inning was over the Trolls had the bags full once again.

Trinity did not hold their lead long as Harris Stowe tripled in the bottom of the inning to bring one run in and hit a sacrifice fly for another run to tie the game at 4-4.

The teams remained tied at the end of the seventh inning and the game went into extra innings. In the top of the ninth Brandon Riemersma walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Wood. An errant throw allowed Alex Nisle to get on base and Riemermsa to score. Nisle found home plate later on another Harris-Stowe error to give the Trolls the 6-4 lead.  

Harris-Stowe threatened in the bottom of the inning with one run, but the Trolls held them to take the 6-5 final.

For the game each team had eight hits and committed at least three errors. Six different players for the Trolls registered a hit with Tholl and Caceres each getting two. Christian Howell threw the first six innings and John VanderWall finished the game for the win.

In the second game the Trolls added runs in each of the five innings of the game, except for one. They took the early lead in the first inning when singles by Tholl and Alex Nisle helped to put two runs on the board.

Harris-Stowe answered with one run in the bottom of the inning. That run was the only one they got in the game. For the next four innings the Trolls allowed only one more runner to get on base as Dan Vos struck out nine of 13 batters he faced in the final four innings.

Trinity extended their lead in the second inning with a two-run single by Tholl to make it 4-1. The team scored one more run in the fourth inning when they got runners on base and scored on a balk. They extended their lead in the fifth inning with two runs that scored when Liam Blake connected with the ball and on a Brandon Riemersma single.  

With the weather deteriorating, the game was called after five innings and the Trolls walked away with the win.
 
For the game the team had six hits. Tholl led the team with two hits and two RBI. Vos gave up one hit and ended up with nine strike-outs in the win.

The Trolls and the Hornets are schedule to play another double-header on February 23 with a noon start.