Strong Opening Innings Determine Final Results

In a conference double-header the Trolls played Roosevelt University (Chicago, Illinois) at Ozinga Field in Crestwood, Illinois. Trinity jumped to a great start in the first game to take a commanding lead. They continued to stay ahead and took an 8-2 win. The second game went the opposite direction as Roosevelt took a large lead after two innings. The Trolls fell behind by ten runs in the seventh inning to end the game on the mercy rule with a 12-2 final. The Trolls are 13-11 overall and 5-3 in the CCAC.

The Trolls took control of the first game from the start with six runs in the first two innings. With bases loaded in the top of the first, Josh Cacares doubled to right field to bring in two runs. Doubles by Frank Romano and Brandon Riemersma led off the second inning. The team followed with singles by Chris Baker and Will Kulcher and another double by Caceres to score four in the inning. Roosevelt got one back on a solo homer in the bottom to make it 6-1.

Trinity continued to get runners on base and had the bases loaded in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. A sacrifice suicide squeeze by Romano in the fourth scored one run and the team made it 8-1 in the fifth on a single RBI by Ryan Stejskal. The Lakers managed one run in the bottom of the sixth and after a scoreless seventh inning the game ended at 8-2.

Trinity had 10 hits for the game and Roosevelt had four.  Caceres was 4-for-5 with three RBI and Baker ended with two hits. Christian Howell improves to 3-0 for the season with the win after six innings pitched.

It was a rough start for the Trolls in the second game as they gave up seven runs in the first two innings.  Roosevelt scored four runs on three hits and three errors in the first inning and three runs on three hits, including a home run and triple, in the second inning.

Trinity first got on the board in the top of the fourth with a lead-off homer by Alex Nisle.  However Roosevelt answered that run in the bottom half to stay ahead at 8-1. Two more runs for the Lakers in the bottom of the fifth made it 10-1.

The Trolls’ only other run came in the seventh inning when Austin Wood doubled to get on base and scored on an error. In the bottom of the inning the Lakers got two runners on base and the y both scored on an errant throw to go ahead by 10 runs and end the game on the mercy rule.

For the game the Trolls had five hits and committed four errors. The hits for the team came from four different players and Nisle had the only RBI. Trinity had four different players on the mound with the loss going to starter Mike McIntyre.

The Trolls will play next on March 30 in home game with Saint Xavier University at 3:30 pm.