Trolls Split Again with Cornerstone

For the second time this week the Trolls played the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, Michigan) in a double-header as a part of the RussMatt Invitational in Florida. Both of the games of this double-header were closely contested as the teams traded the lead. The first game pushed into an extra inning before Cornerstone broke the tie and handed the Trolls a 12-8 loss. In the second game the Trolls came from behind to score in the seventh inning for a 4-3 win. The team is now 2-4 on their spring break trip and 5-7 overall.

In the opening game each team scored in the first two innings and after two completed, Trinity trailed 3-2. The Trolls took over the lead in the bottom of the third when they scored five runs on four hits and two errors.  The game swung back in Cornerstone’s direction in the sixth inning when it was the Golden Eagles’ turn to add five runs as they batted through their order.

Heading into the bottom of the seventh the Trolls trailed at 8-7.  With two outs, Liam Blake got on base on an error and pinch runner Morgan Nowitzki advanced to third on wild pitches. An infield single by Brandon Riemersma brought Nowitzki home to tie the score. The Trolls held Cornerstone in the bottom of the inning to send the game into extra innings.  

In the top of the eighth Cornerstone took advantage of couple of miscues and a couple of hits to score four runs to go ahead 12-8. The Trolls had runners on second and third in the bottom half, but could not keep the game alive.
 
For the game Trinity had 11 hits and Cornerstone had 13. Jake Tholl led the team with three hits and three RBI.  Riemersma, Austin Wood, and Chris Baker each had two hits. Dan Vos pitched for 5.2 innings for the loss.

Trinity scored first in the second game of the double-header, but by the end of four innings they trailed at 2-1. The Trolls tied the game in the fifth when they scored on a sacrifice fly by Wood. Cornerstone loaded the bases in the bottom half only to have Trinity hold them. The Eagles did score in the sixth to go back on top at 3-2.

In their final at bat the Trolls cranked out back-to-back doubles by Tholl and Wood to score two runs to regain the top spot. They left their at bat with runners at the corners.  Mike McIntyre retired all three of the Cornerstone batters in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win for the Trolls.

The Trolls had five hits for the game and Cornerstone had seven.  Trinity’s five hits came from five different players. McIntyre pitched the entire game for the win.

Trinity wraps up their spring break trip with a double-header with Keiser University on March 9 at 9 am ET.