Trinity Splits With St. Francis

In a home double-header to start the three-game series with the University of St. Francis (Joliet, Illinois) the Trolls and the Fighting Saints split results. In both games Trinity did all their scoring in one inning. The team took a 5-0 lead after the first inning of the opening game, but gave up the top spot in the seventh for a 6-5 loss. The Trolls scored seven runs in the second inning of game two and were able to maintain their lead for a 7-5 win. Trinity is now 26-18-1 overall and 17-10-1 in the CCAC.

It was a strong start for the Trolls in the opening game as they had six hits and scored five runs. The first two of those runs were scored on a homer by Chris Baker. The Trolls remained fairly quiet on the base path in the following five innings while St. Francis pulled to within two for a 5-3 score at the end of six.

In the top of the seventh inning St. Francis connected on four hits and took advantage of a passed ball on what would have been a strike-out to score three runs to go ahead 6-5. With one out in the bottom of the inning the Trolls loaded the bases, but could not get the runners in before the inning retired.

Trinity and St. Francis each had nine hits for the game. Baker, Jake Tholl, and Liam Blake each had two hits. Bryan Vanderlee pitched the complete game for the loss.

In the second game it was a productive second inning that made the difference in the game. Trinity exploded with seven runs on four hits to take a 7-1 lead.  Two runs were scored on a double by Ryan Stejskal, two on a single by Baker, and three on a home run by Alex Nisle.

The Trolls threatened again in the sixth and seventh innings with bases loaded and three runners stranded in each of those innings.  Trinity held a 7-4 lead after the seventh inning. St. Francis crept closer in the eighth with a run. They challenged the Trolls in the top of the ninth and had bases loaded. Jared Smaga stepped to the mound and struck out the next batter to end the inning and the game.

Trinity had eight hits and St. Francis had nine. Leading the Trolls was Baker with two and Josh Caceres with two hits. John VanderWall pitched through seven innings and got the win while Smaga got the save.

The Trolls will play at St. Francis on Saturday, April 27, in a noon game.