Trolls Blast Past Fighting Bees

In a single game to start the conference series, the Trolls met St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa) at the Schaaf Athletics Complex.  The lead went back and forth during the game and was tied after eight innings. Trinity dominated the top of the ninth inning with 12 runs on 10 hits and walked away with the 18-6 win. The team is now 23-15-1 overall and 14-7-1 in the CCAC.

The Trolls, who were the visiting team, got on the board in the first inning when Chris Baker, who hit a complete cycle in the game, double and scored on a single by Alex Nisle. The Trolls added another in the second inning and led 2-0 after three innings.  

The game swung in favor of the Fighting Bees in the fourth inning when they hit a three-run homer to take the lead.  A home run by Nisle, with Baker on base from a single, gave the Trolls the lead back at 4-3 in the top of the fifth. St. Ambrose came back with a run in the bottom half to tie the game at 4-4.

In the seventh inning Trinity scored when Baker sent a ball well over the right field fence.  The Trolls got another run in the eighth inning on a double by Liam Blake. Each of those runs was answered by St. Ambrose in the bottom of the innings and the teams headed into the ninth inning in a 6-6 tie.

There was no stopping the Trolls in the top of the ninth as they had 14 plate appearances, 10 hits, and 12 runs. Everyone in the line-up scored at least once in the inning. In his second at bat in the inning Baker tripled to center to get the cycle. Will Kulcher helped the team score three runs with a homer over the center field fence. Nisle and Blake each picked up two RBI on singles.

For the game the Trolls ended with 22 hits and Saint Ambrose had eight. Baker was five-for-six with two singles, a double, a triple, and a home run. Nisle went four-of-six and record five RBI. Kulcher and Blake each had three hits for the day.  The win went to Zach Huisman who stepped to the mound for part of the eighth inning.

Trinity and St. Ambrose will play in a double-header on Trinity on Saturday, April 20, at noon.