Hits and More Hits Lead to Victories

A conference double-header with Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, Indiana) turned into a hit and run fest as the Trolls tallied a total of 39 runs and 40 hits in the two games.  Calumet-St. Joseph took the early lead in the first game, but the Trolls scored took over in the fourth inning for a 15-8 win. Trinity exploded with 14 runs in the second inning of the second game and ran away with a 24-13 win after seven innings on the mercy rule. With the victories the Trolls have reached 20 wins for the season and are 20-14 overall and 11-6 in the CCAC.

Trinity grabbed a quick lead in the first game with two runs in the bottom of the first.  Calumet-St. Joseph scored in the top of the second and hit two three-run homers in the third to post a 7-2 lead.

The Trolls settled into the game and took control in the fourth inning. In the final four innings, they gave up only two more hits and allowed only one more run. Batting completely through their order in the fourth, Trinity had three hits, including doubles by Brandon Riemersma and Josh Caceres, and scored six runs to take an 8-7 lead.

Four singles in the fifth inning gave the Trolls three more runs.  Again getting through their line-up in the sixth inning, Trinity took a 15-7 lead when they scored four runs on six hits, including back-to-back doubles by Sam Herzog and Alex Nisle. Calumet-St. Joseph scored off a solo home run in the top of the seventh to make the final 15-8.

The Trolls posted 17 hits for the game with ten different players registering at least one hit. Chris Baker led the team with three hits. Bryan Vanderlee pitched the entire game for the win.

The second game became lopsided early in the game as the Trolls took a 15-0 lead after two innings. In the second inning the Trolls more than batted through their order twice with each player in the line-up getting at least one hit and scoring at least one run in the inning. Overall the team had 14 hits in the inning for 14 runs. Baker, Jake Tholl, and Nisle all had home runs and Will Kulcher had two doubles.

The Crimson Wave rallied back in the top of the third and with six hits they scored seven runs to close to within 15-7. Trinity scored twice in the bottom of the third and then exploded with seven more runs in the fourth inning to build a 24-7 lead.  In the fourth three runs were scored on a home run by Kulcher and another on a solo shot by Caceres.

While Calumet-St. Joseph gained runs in the sixth and seventh innings, it was not enough to prevent the mercy rule ending after seven innings.

Trinity ended with 23 hits for the game and gave up 13 hits. Riemersma, Baker, Tholl, Kulcher, and Caceres each had three hits. Riemersma and Kulcher had four RBI each. Seven different pitchers were on the mound with starter Mike McIntyre getting the win.

The Trolls will play next on April 11 at Olivet Nazarene University at 3:30 pm.