Trolls Defeat Maple Leafs

The Trolls return home from their spring break trip to host Goshen College (Goshen, Indiana) in a non-conference double-header. Trinity scored their runs in the first two innings of the first game on their way to a 5-1 win. With 10 runs in the fourth inning of the second game, the Trolls commanded the scoreboard and ended in a 14-7 win. The team is now 8-8 for the season.

A two-run homer over the left field fence by Jake Tholl gave the Trolls a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the game one.  Sam Herzog led off the second inning with a double and two batters later Will Kulcher doubled to score two runs. Chris Baker followed up with a single to give the Trolls another run for a 5-0 lead.

Trinity held the Maple Leafs scoreless until the fourth inning when they scored on a solo homer. That run was the only one Goshen was allowed as Trinity finished with the win.

The Trolls had five hits for the game and Goshen had seven. The five hits were spread among five different players. John VanderWall pitched through six innings with nine strike-outs for the win.

In the second game Goshen homered in the top of the first to get on the scoreboard, but by the end of the third inning the Trolls had a 4-1 lead. The game became lopsided in the fourth inning when the Trolls nearly batted through their order twice and put 10 runs on the board. In the inning they had 10 hits, including doubles by Ryan Stejskal, Brandon Riemersma, and Alex Nisle.  Batting twice, Riemersma had four RBIs in the inning.

Goshen made a dent in the Trolls’ lead in the top of the fifth when they produced six hits for five runs. The Maple Leafs added one more run in the top of the seventh to make it a 14-7 final score.

For the game the teams combined for a total of 26 hits with Trinity claiming 15 and Goshen getting 11. Riemersma was 4-for-4 from the plate and had a total of five RBI. Nisle and Stejskal ended with two hits each.  Bryan Martinez, Zach Huisman, Jared Smaga, and Brent Norkus were all on the mound with Martinez getting the win.

The team is back in action on March 14 in a home double-header with Lincoln Christian University at 1 pm.