Home Opener Ends in Split Results

The Trolls played on their home field for the first time this season in a double-header with Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, Michigan). The Trolls came on strong offensively late in the first game to post a 9-3 win. In the second game they could not get on the board and gave up a few runs in the middle innings for a 3-0 loss. The team is now 3-3 for the season.

The first game was a pitching battle through the first few innings. Dan Vos struck out 12 batters through six innings and gave up only two hits while Aquinas’ starter recorded nine strike-outs in four innings. At the end of the 4th the score was still 0-0.

Trinity’s offense took over in the fifth inning when they loaded the bases before Jake Tholl was hit by a pitch to bring the first run in. Later Josh Caceres doubled to left to score three more and he was brought home on a hit by Sam Herzog to make it 5-0 at the end of the inning.

Aquinas scored once in the top of the sixth, but the Trolls took over the game with four more runs in the bottom of the inning. One run was scored on a wild pitch, two came from a double by Alex Nisle, and the final on a single by Liam Blake.  The Saints gained two runs in the top of the seventh to make the final score 9-3.

Trinity had five hits for the game and they came from five different players. Caceres ended with three RBI and Nisle had two. Vos pitched through six innings for the win.

The second game remained scoreless after three innings, although each team had runners on base. The Saints put together two hits in the top of the fourth to score one run to take the lead. Trinity committed three fielding errors in the fifth inning to allow two runs and fell behind 3-0.  

The Trolls had runners in scoring position in both the fifth and sixth, but did not score. They were three up and three down in the seventh to end the game in the 3-0 final.

Trinity had only one hit for the game and that came from the bat of Brent Norkus. Aquinas ended with seven hits. John VanderWall recorded the loss on the mound.  

The team travels to Florida next week to play in the RussMatt Invitational. Their first contests there will be a double-header against Mount Vernon Nazarene University on March 5.