Trolls Drop Two Games to Hornets

For the second day in a row the Trolls faced the Hornets of Harris-Stowe State University (St. Louis, Missouri) in a double-header at the O’Fallon Family Sports Park.  While Trinity posted two wins the day before, the results were reversed on day two. Dealing with rain which created a delay in the middle of the first game, the Trolls lost with an 11-2 final. Trinity fell behind early in the second game and despite a late game comeback they lost 7-5. The team ended the weekend with a 2-2 record.  

In the first game of the double-header the Trolls got runners on base, but could not string hits together to get things going. Harris-Stowe was active on the base path with hits in nearly every inning of the game.  

In the bottom of the first inning the Hornets loaded the bases before hitting a single to bring in two runs. They got more runners on base in the second inning and connected on a double for one more run for the 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, with runners on first and third, Harris-Stowe hit a three-run homer to extend their lead to six runs.

After a rain delay, the Trolls finally got on the board in the fifth inning when Will Kulcher singled to left to get on base and eventually scored on an error on a ball put into play by Jake Tholl.

Harris-Stowe opened the game wide open in the sixth inning with six hits, including a two-run triple and two-run home run, and scored five runs for an 11-0 lead. The Trolls got one more in the top of the seventh on a single by Alex Nisle before the game ended with the 11-2 final.

Trinity had seven hits for the game and Harris-Stowe had 13. Kulcher and Nisle each had two hits. Bryan Vanderlee threw for 3.2 innings for the loss.

In the second game Harris-Stowe took the lead early as they scored four runs on two hits in the bottom of the first inning. Their first four batters got on base and eventually scored. The Hornets loaded the bases and scored on a walk, a wild pitch, a put-out, and a sacrifice fly.

Trinity scored their first run in the top of the third inning when Frank Romano singled on an infield hit and moved around the bases on a passed ball, wild pitch, and wild throw. The Trolls had runners on second and third when their at bat ended with a 4-1 score.

The Hornets started the bottom of the third with two doubles and with an additional three hits in the inning they added three runs to take a 7-1 lead.

The next two innings were scoreless, before Trinity started to make a comeback. They scored one run in the top of the sixth and three in the top of the seventh. In that final inning Kulcher doubled to get things started. With two more runners on base, Josh Caceres took a walk to bring one run across the plate and he was followed by Sam Herzog who singled to center field to bring in two more runs to close the gap to 7-5. The Trolls left two runners stranded as the inning and game ended.

Trinity ended the game with six hits of which Kulcher had two and Herzog had two. Herzog also had two RBIs. Harris-Stowe ended with eight hits. Jared Smaga was on the mound for the loss.

The Trolls are schedule to play next on March 1 in a home contest with Aquinas College.