High School Baseball
Trinity blanks Hawks in battle for third in GISA Region 1-AAA
by Doug Gorman
Trinity Christian’s breakthrough season on the diamond added another feather to its baseball caps on Monday.
The Lions completed a two-game sweep of crosstown and GISA Region 1-AAA rival The Heritage School with an 8-0 victory on the Hawks home field in a game that was called just short of completion due to weather.
The two teams entered this week battling for third place in the region standings. But Trinity’s win, which followed an 11-0 victory over Heritage in Sharpsburg earlier this season, pushed the Lions to within a game of clinching that No. 3 seed.
Trinity now needs a win Thursday at The Weber School (3-12, 0-7) to clinch third heading into the program’s first trip to the state playoffs.
“This has been a great year for us,” said head coach Brian Chmielewski “We had never even won a region game until this season. I am so proud of the way we have played. We have chance to finish our region season with .500, and that is huge.”
Monday’s contest was called with two outs in the bottom of the sixth due to rain and lightning.
Heritage fell to 2-4-1 in the region standings while still with a firm hold of the fourth and final state playoff berth in 1-AAA.
Monday’s victory by Trinity followed the same pattern of its first win over the Hawks, as the team jumped out in front in its first at bat.
The Lions pushed six runs across the plate in the top of the first inning, sending 11 men to the plate and knocking starter Brian McKinney out of the contest.
Peyton Henson took over the pitching duties for Heritage with the team down 4-0 in the first and struck out three through five innings. Brad Macke pitched the sixth for the Hawks and struck out two.
Daniel Shoates drove in a run with a single and Devin Colburn batted twice in the first inning, picking up singles in both at bats, the latter of which driving in two runs.
Trinity also took advantage of control problems from Heritage pitching. Leighton Cannon and Tanner Johnson plated runs with bases-loaded walks to push the Lions ahead 2-0.
Another Trinity run crossed when Jake Elrod reached on an error.
The Lions drove in the final two runs in the top of the fifth when Cannon and Johnson singled and later scored.
Trinity pitcher Cole Elrod went the distance, striking out one and allowing just three hits.
Heritage managed to get a leadoff hit from Brad Macke in the first inning, but hits were few and far between for the Hawks.
The Hawks put two runners in scoring position in the fourth and fifth. Henson reached on a single and went to second when Jake Smith bunted him over.
Ben Cox led off the fifth with a double and went to third on a wild pitch, but Trinity
was able to pitch out of the inning.
The Lions had an chance to break the game open in the third when they loaded the bases with no outs, but Henson helped snuff out the rally when he grabbed a bunt out of the air and threw to Luke Smith at third base for an inning-ending double play.
Shoates handled four of the Hawks’ first six outs on grounders and also reached three time with two singles and a walk. Johnson also had two hits for the Lions.
LIONS 8, HAWKS 0
TRINITY 600 020—8 8 0
HAWKS 000 000—0 3 2
WP - Cole Elrod
LP - Brian McKinney