Softball Opens in Florida

The 2019 season opened for the Trolls in Clermont, Florida in the PFX Spring Games. In their first two days of five days of action Trinity faced four different teams and lost all four contests. Their opener on March 2 was a 9-1 loss to Spring Arbor University (Spring Arbor, Michigan) and was followed by a 7-0 loss to University of Northwestern Ohio (Lima, Ohio).  On March 4 they played in two extra-inning games with the same result in each as they fell to Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and to Carlow University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) with a score of 4-3 in each game.

The Trolls were the first to score in the opening game with Spring Arbor as they got on the board in the bottom of the first inning off a double by Emili Bell. That run was the only offensive production the team got in the game. Spring Arbor matched the run in the top of the second and went ahead with another run in the top of the third. The Cougars continued to pull away with runs in the next three innings to go ahead 9-1 in the sixth. When Trinity failed to score in the bottom of the sixth the game ended on the mercy rule.

The Trolls had three hits for the game and gave up 11 hits. Dara Megyesi was on the mound for the loss.

Trinity was shut-out of their second game against Northwestern Ohio.  The team trailed 5-0 by the end of the third inning. After two scoreless innings, the Trolls had their best opportunity to score in the top of the sixth, but left runners stranded on second and third. The Racers added another two runs in the bottom of the sixth. When Trinity did not score in the seventh the game ended with the seven run loss.

Trinity had four this for the game and Northwestern Ohio had 12. Bell was the losing pitcher of record.

The second day of action started with an afternoon game with Cornerstone.  Down 1-0, the Trolls took the lead in the third inning on two solo homers by Audrey Ricker and Katie Demas.  With a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, Cornerstone tied the score at 2-2. The teams remained deadlocked until the top of the seventh when Megyesi singled to get on base and was brought home on a sacrifice fly by Ricker.  The Golden Eagles answered with a run in the bottom half to send the game into extra innings.

Per the tying breaking procedure in the top of the eighth, the Trolls started with a runner on second base and sacrificed her to third. They were not able to move her across the plate before their at-bat ended.  In the bottom half, Cornerstone’s runner took advantage of a wild pitch to advance to third and then home to end the game with the 4-3 final.

Trinity had seven hits for the game and they came from seven different players. Cornerstone ended the game with eight hits. Bell pitched the entire game for the loss.

The second game of the day with Carlow was another extra inning affair. Trinity scored on a solo homer by Sydni Mitchell in the bottom of the third, but trailed 3-1 at that point. Another homer, this time off the bat of Megyesi in the sixth inning, brought in two runs to make it a tied game. When neither team scored in the seventh inning the game went into extra innings.

In the top of the eighth Carlow advanced their base runner to third on a sacrifice and she got home on a dropped third strike. With two outs in the bottom of the inning the Trolls, took advantage of an error to move their runner to third base.  They left her stranded with a strike-out for the third out.

For the game Trinity had seven hits with Jessica Boyd grabbing two. Megyesi got the loss on the mound.

The Trolls continue action on March 5 with games against Bellevue University and Reinhardt University.