Trolls Start Spring Break Trip with Losses

The Trolls are in Florida for the week with four double-headers on the docket in the RussMatt Invitational. The team started their spring break schedule in a double-header with Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio). The first game was interrupted by a two-hour rain delay, but when it resumed the Trolls suffered a 10-7 loss. The second game was scoreless through four innings, until Mount Vernon managed a few runs in the late innings to hand the Trolls a 3-0 loss.

In the first game there was scoring in every inning except for the final one. Mount Vernon had five runs after three innings, and with a two run homer by Josh Caceres in the bottom of the third the Trolls had put four runs on the board. A sacrifice fly by Chris Baker in the fourth scored a run to make it a 5-5 game.

The Trolls took a 7-5 lead in the fifth inning when they added two more.  However the Cougars came up big in the sixth inning with five runs to go ahead at 10-7. The Trolls could not answer in the bottom of the sixth and although they had two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh they did not score.

For that game Trinity had eight hits and Mount Vernon had 11. Brent Norkus led the team with three while Caceres had two. The Trolls had four pitchers in the game and the loss went to Joseph Kabbes.

Through the first four innings of the second game of the double-header the Trolls only had one runner on base.  The Cougars managed to get more runners on base, but also were without a run. It was not until the bottom of the fifth that Mount Vernon scored one run. The Cougars then added two more in the sixth for the 3-0 lead.  Trinity’s most promising opportunity came in the top of the sixth when they had two runners on base, but they were caught stealing for the third out of the inning.

The Trolls ended the game with four hits and Mt. Vernon had five. Bryan Vanderlee pitched the six innings for the loss.

Trinity continues play on March 6 in a double-header with Cornerstone University at 9:30 am ET.