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Trojans Clinch Top Seed with Win over Rockhounds
Nick Frei (4-1), the starter in that early defeat, was dominant. Armed with pinpoint control (zero walks and 41 of 55 pitches for strikes), Frei held the Rockhounds to two runs on four hits, including three scoreless innings to start the game, while striking out six.
While Frei was tossing up zeros, it was the offense that put the game away early. In the first, the Trojans put up the first of three consecutive crooked numbers to open the ball game. Frei lead off with a single to right before Connor Adams tripled to deep left to get the run started. Matt Hardwick and Jordan Vartanian then followed with RBI singles to build a 4-0 first inning lead.
In the second, Zack Miller lead off with an infield single and Sam Estigoy, fresh off a third-place finish in a robotics competition in Tennessee, roped a shot right up the middle into Rockhounds' ace pitcher Matt Koenig. Both runners were safe, though, allowing Ryan Boyd to drive in one with a single and Adams to plate two more with a second triple, this time to deep centerfield.
In the third, Vartanian clobbered a triple to deep right field and scored on Charlie Hammitt's infield single, before a Skyler Quam single, three walks, and an overthrow resulted in two more runs scoring, making it 11-0. All in all, the final tally for just the first three innings was eleven runs on eleven hits.
Despite the offensive explosion, the Trojans also saw some great defensive plays. Hardwick, starting behind the plate for the first time with the team, called a great game over six innings, but also caught two runners stealing in a very busy game behind the plate. Hammitt, before leaving for his school awards night, made a jumping catch in centerfield, and David Hollen made a running catch near second base from right field. Matt Mullins also had a great play at second base in the critical fourth inning, short circuiting the Rockhounds' mini-rally by moving from the second base bag to the hole to grab a would-be Cody Tanner single and turn it into the second out of the inning.
In the late innings, the Trojans tacked on two more runs. The first, in the sixth, came on an RBI single by Boyd that scored Frei, while the second came on another Miller infield single to score Quam. That last run was set up by a gorgeous line drive single to right by Hollen, who also made his mark on the game with three stolen bases.
Adams closed things out with two scoreless innings of relief to seal the victory.
For the Rockhounds, Cecil Williams had a bunt base hit, Koenig had a monster double and a single in three plate appearances, and Christian Fonbuena reached twice, scored twice, and stole two bags. Lee Fong, the star of the Rockhounds' April win over the Trojans, also contributed another base hit, this time a long RBI triple to center.
As was mentioned earlier, the Trojans' win clinched the division title and the top playoff seed in the National League. This means that the Trojans would need only one victory in Thursday, June 11th's playoff game at Jones Park to reach the championship game.
Saturday, the Trojans will play a divisional twin bill at Jones Park, facing the Knights and the Bats in a battle of three hot teams. The Knights continue to hone in on the National League wild card behind their potent pitching triumvirate of Ben Cornfield, Cody Cloud, and Randall Mussman, while the Bats have been on fire since the arrival of Mike McKinnis and Alex Popovich. Pitching match-ups are unannounced, but a barbecue is scheduled.
Still Work to Do, but Trojans Clinch Playoffs in Win Over Muckdogs
Early on, the Trojans scored plenty of times, but didn’t earn much of anything. In the first, Ryan Boyd and Tyler Blake singled and scored, but it was on a wild pitch strikeout and overthrow. Then, with runners on second and third and two outs, the Trojans scored twice more, this time on a throwing error, making it 4-0.
The Trojans also scored a run apiece in the second and third on misplays, the first when Kyle Blaney walked and scored on a bases-loaded walk resulting from an error at shortstop, and the second when Jordan Vartanian singled and scored on yet another throwing error.
In the fourth, though, the Trojans earned themselves a crooked number with a barrage of hits. Blaney walked again to get things started, Matt Mullins notched his second hit in as many games, and Nick Frei walked in front of a Boyd RBI single, a Blake RBI groundout, a two run double to deep right center by Connor Adams, and an RBI single by Jordan Vartanian.
The Trojans would score three in the seventh on a two-run single by Blaney and an RBI groundout by Zack Miller.
Holding the Muckdogs down was Blake (2-0), who did not have his best stuff but did not need it, as he held the contact-oriented league opponent to only a single run in four strong innings. Though he struck out a season-low three, Blake only surrendered two hits, pitching around a perplexing strike zone all game.
In the fifth, the Muckdogs mounted a mini-rally against Boyd. After getting two quick outs, a dropped fly ball opened the game for consecutive singles by Scott Felger and Eli Wolf, making a game of it at 11-4.
Entering in the sixth, though, the Muckdogs’ hopes ended as Vartanian returned to the hill in strong fashion, holding them to just one earned run in two innings to seal the victory. Vartanian struck out three and walked just two, pitching around another Eli Wolf single and assorted Trojan mistakes to escape both times, while pitching to Matt Hardwick in his first appearance with the team after being honored with a call-up to Bradshaw Christian High School’s varsity playoffs.
For the Muckdogs, Edward Jungkeit had a double, Joshua Criswell had two hits, and Jordan Koch and Zach Wassall each collected singles. Wolf had the biggest day, though, responding to a first inning strike out with three hits and three runs scored on the same day that his computer team won the Microsoft Bliink competition for Franklin High School.
Thanks to some help around the National League, the Trojans victory—number fifteen on the season—clinched a playoff spot for the squad, meaning that their season will extend at least one more game in two weeks.
Trojans Fly Past Much-Improved Redwings 13-5
Connor Adams (8-0) was perfect on the mound to get things started, striking out seven of the nine batters he faced, throwing only 40 pitches—26 for strikes—to set the tone for the day. Skyler Quam relieved and pitched around some ugly defensive miscues, before Frei closed with two dominant, scoreless innings—striking out the side in the sixth and the final batter of the game with a slider teammate Kyle Blaney taught him before the game.
On offense, Esteban Moreno of the Redwings kept the Trojans down early, looking sharp in allowing just a single run in his starting assignment. In the third, though, things changed, as Matt Mullins and Frei opened things up with walks and Tyler Blake, having singled against Moreno in the first, clobbered a soaring triple to center field that scored both runners. Adams then plated Blake to make it 4-0, changing the outlook of the game completely.
In the fourth, the Trojans kept it going. David Hollen got things going with a walk and two stolen bags, before Kyle Blaney singled and Mullins reached base again with a walk. Nick Frei then singled to right field and Jordan Vartanian and Blake’s consecutive singles cleared the bases and made it a second straight crooked number for the Trojans.
After the Redwings scored four unearned runs in the fifth, the Trojans again showed up on offense, getting all four runs back with a rally in the latter half of the batting order. Quam lead off with a single before Hollen roped a beautiful line drive to left field. Zack Miller then walked before Blaney added his second hit of the night with a two-run single to right field that scored two. Then, facing his former teammate, Redwings’ ace Sam Daniels, Mullins reached base for the third time on the night, beating out an RBI infield single aided by Miller’s fantastic baserunning.
Former Blue Jay Andrew Mora and Daniels each had singles, and Moreno added a late double to his excellent pitching to pace a much improved Redwing attack.
Trojans Awaken to Sneak by Ports in Hot Contest
Early on, the Ports looked like anything but a team missing its star hitter and pitcher, Tony Adams. In the first, the Ports too advantage of two errors and a mental mistake to put up two runs, and then used back-to-back hits by Bradley Burkhart and Alex LeFebre to score three times and make the score 5-1.
The Trojans, though, unlike Wednesday, decided to respond. Down four runs in the third, Frei lead off with a single, scored on Connor Adams’ single, and then Ryan Boyd and Charlie Hammitt’s singles resulted in two more runs, making it 5-4. After the Ports scored one more in the fourth, the Trojans then broke out in the bottom half, scoring four runs. Kyle Blaney reached on an infield single, Matt Mullins walked, and Frei—already 2 for 2—was plunked to bring up Adams, who drove a two-run single to deep left. The Trojans then added two more runs on bases loaded walks to Skyler Quam and Hammitt, turning a two-run deficit into a two run lead in short order.
In the fifth and sixth, the Trojans kept scoring, plating two and three runs, respectively. Zack Miller’s walk, Blaney’s beautiful sacrifice bunt, and Mullins’ hit-by-pitch got things started, and Frei’s third hit—a looper to shallow right field—loaded the bases for Adams, who collected his team-season-high fourth and fifth RBIs with another single to left field. An inning later, it was Hammitt’s leadoff single that got things flowing, prefacing three consecutive walks to David Hollen, Miller, and Blaney, before Frei added his fourth hit of the game, a two-run double to leftfield that capped the scoring at 13-6.
Making the comeback stand up was Frei (3-1), whose relief turned the Ports’ offense from opportunistic to non-existant. Frei struck out five over three excellent innings, pitching to Quam behind the plate, who stepped up and caught the entire scorching hot game for the Trojans.
For the Ports, Burkhart had the best day, going 3 for 3 with a double, while Ethan Weeks, Alec Coyne, and Kai Davis each had singles as well.
Trojans Bounce Back, Beat RiverCats 8-4
In the first inning, though, it looked like the Trojans might still have had the Wednesday blues, as the RiverCats came out firing on all cylinders against Connor Adams (7-0). Spraying hits all over the field, Kyle Jacovetta, Connor Scott, and Emilio Mendoza each had a single and a stolen base to pace a 2-0 early lead that had the Trojans reeling and wondering what had happened to their swagger.
But in the bottom of the first, the momentum shifted dramatically, as the Trojans’ offense came to life again. After Nick Frei roped a shot to left field that Kenneth Ganzler made a beautiful running catch on, Jordan Vartanian singled to left, Tyler Blake was plunked, and then Adams drove in Vartanian with an RBI single to left. Then, after Adams swiped second, Ryan Boyd singled to right field to drive in Blake and Adams, turning that 2-0 hole into a 3-2 lead that brought back the confidence of the team.
In the bottom of the second, after Adams twirled a scoreless frame in the top half, the Trojans got things going again. With one out, David Hollen drove a deep single to rightfield, before Zack Miller singled to right field to put two runners on. Kyle Blaney then executed the Trojans’ first successful sacrifice of the season, moving up Hollen and Miller, before Frei, Vartanian, and Blake all drew walks to score two and move the score up to 5-2.
The Trojans offense was not done, though, as Miller lead things off in the fourth with his second hit, before scoring on a Blake RBI single. Miller was not done, though, as he also roped a single off Elk Grove High School’s star Connor Scott in the fifth in what turned into a brilliant 3 for 4, two runs scored game.
The Trojans also plated two runs in the sixth. Frei leadoff with a single against Scott and Blake, already having been on base three times on the day, crushed a triple to deep right field before scoring on an errant throw to make the lead an insurmountable 8-2.
After Adams threw another scoreless inning in the third, he had to depart to go to the school dance. But Tyler Blake relieved and, armed with electric stuff and a great game plan crafted by Frei behind the plate, kept things in control. Over his first three innings, Blake struck out six and allowed just an infield single to Joshua Jorrin, and then, after the RiverCats mounted a mini-rally in the seventh with three infield singles, Blake locked things down by blowing away the RiverCats’ five-hitter with a 3-2 fastball to end the game.
For the RiverCats, Jorrin was 2 for 2 against two of the league’s top hurlers, and Jacovetta, Scott, and Mendoza each had a pair of singles to pace the attack. Nick Womack, the brother of acclaimed musician and former Hurricanes, Storm, and Infinite Cardinals catcher Cameron Womack, pressed into early relief in the second, struck out two in two innings of strong relief.
Trojans Snag Hooks Behind New Addition's Pitching
In the top of the first inning, it looked like the Trojans might turn the game into a laugher in quick fashion. With four singles and two hit batsmen to open the game, the Trojans’ first six hitters all scored—Frei, Vartanian, Blake, and Adams after singles—en route to an early cushion.
But, in the bottom half of the frame, the Hooks rallied themselves, walking three times to open the game to load the bases before scoring all three on two errors. Suddenly, a 6-0 lead was 6-3 with the Hooks threatening, and things weren’t looking so bright.
Enter Ryan Boyd (1-0), the Elk Grove High School infielder and pitcher playing his first game with the Trojans. Relieving in the middle of the bases-loaded, no outs mess, he picked up the slack with four scoreless innings of relief to allow the Trojans offense to find its form once again. Although he did not strike out a batter, he kept the Hooks off balance, allowing just five baserunners over his four innings. In fact, the only time the Hooks threatened against him was in the fourth, but Kyle Blaney’s double play at second base erased a scoring chance to keep them at bay.
In the second inning, Frei and Vartanian had consecutive RBI-doubles, but the Hooks’ Christian Rau then relieved and tossed three excellent innings, allowing just a Skyler Quam double in the third and singles to Vartanian and Blake that scored a run in the fifth, keeping the game close.
In the sixth, Boyd collected his first hit with a single to right and a stolen base, and Quam drove him in before scoring on a Charlie Hammitt sacrifice fly.
The Hooks, though, answered right back with two runs of their own, reaching on two errors before Kyle Dixon’s two-run single to leftfield capped the game’s scoring. Still, those two unearned runs aside, Frei looked sharp in relief, throwing two innings to close out the win.
For the Hooks, Nathan Abeid had two hits and reached base in all three at-bats to pace an offensive attack that struck out only twice all game.
Trojans Surge Late, Pitch Great in Win Over Thunder
Connor Adams (6-0) took advantage of a 2-0 lead early, keeping the Thunder off-balance in yet another efficient, overpowering outing. In four innings, Adams struck out six and walked none, allowing only three hits and one unearned run.
But, even as Adams kept setting down Thunder hitters, the Thunder pitching staff was matching him just the same. Zach Smart threw two strong innings in the starting assignment, striking out three, before giving way to Kyle Zanzi, who gave up one earned run in two strong innings. Over the first five innings, Smart, Zanzi, and reliever Daniel Bisbocci held the Trojans to one infield single.
In the sixth, though, the Trojans broke out in a big way. Nick Frei, who called a flawless game behind the plate, lead things off by roping a single to center, and Tyler Blake then singled to center in front of the usual monster-shift. Adams then singled to short leftfield to load the bases for Jordan Vartanian, who lined a shot down the third base line that glanced off Zanzi's glove to score Frei and, trailing the play beautifully, Blake to turn that slim 2-1 lead into a three-run cushion. Next, Skyler Quam singled in a run and then Zack Miller, fresh off a huge hit in Wednesday's nail-biter, ripped a single to left-center to cap the scoring at five for the inning and a 7-1 lead overall.
Former Trojan Hunter Straine would relieve and surrender a beautiful opposite field single to David Hollen, but ultimately get out of the jam by striking out two.
In the seventh, Frei singled and scored on a Quam walk with the bases loaded.
Making the lead stand up was Quam, who pitched a gem in relief for the save. Over three innings, Quam faced ten batters and retired nine of them, including the first eight, in shutting the door on any potential Thunder comeback. Quam kept them off-balance with a beautiful mix of pitches, throwing 32 total with 22 for strikes.
The Trojans did suffer a scare in the seventh inning when leadoff man Charlie Hammitt, having scored twice and stolen two bases--including home on the back end of a double steal--in the game, came in hard to first base and injured his shoulder. Hammitt went to the hospital to get checked, and everyone hopes he we will be back on the field again soon.
On a positive note, the Trojans' Kyle Blaney returned to the field after injuring his leg chasing down a fly ball in the outfield four weeks again. Kyle played second and left field in his return.
For the Thunder, Smart, Bisbocci, Joey Banks, and Tyler Hutchison had singles. On defense, Banks did a fantastic job catching.
Trojans Win Pitchers Duel to Un-Undefeat Beavers 3-2
Adams (5-0), normally a master of the strikeout, struck out only one, but still tossed four strong innings in his fifth start of the year. He scattered five hits in over his four frames, allowing just two runs in the first on a Taylor Waters RBI single and Davis Zscheile ground out. Backing him up, the Trojans played their best defensive game of the season, going errorless for the first time. Matt Mullins played particularly well at second base.
Down 2-0, though, the Trojans flashed firepower, despite crossing the plate less frequently than normal. In the first, Blake tripled over a wacky shift but was stranded, and in the second, Sam Estigoy continued his torrid hitting over the past three games with a single to left but was also stranded.
In the third, the offense finally broke through. With one out, Charlie Hammitt--returning to the leadoff spot after two in the five hole--roped a triple to deep left field to get the offense going. Nick Frei singled up the middle on the next pitch to drive in Hammitt, and Blake then singled into right to put runners on second and third. Adams, helping himself out, then provided the winning margin with a two run double to right centerfield that made it 3-2.
Jordan Vartanian would double in the sixth, but also end up stranded.
Making the lead stand up was Blake, who entered in the fifth looking for the long save. In his first inning, he struck out a pair of Beavers, but in his second, strange things would happen. Leading off the inning, Jemes singled up the middle, but, with a 2 for 2 Waters hitting, Adams gunned him out with a throw to Skyler Quam at third base for the first out. Waters then singled and advanced to third with two swiped bags, but, when Blake struck out Nolan Crumback on a passed ball, Waters tried to take the plate, only to get tossed out at the dish by Adams. Then, naturally, Crumback tried to take second...and was gunned out by Adams, making it an inning in which all three outs were runners caught stealing by Adams.
In the seventh, Blake needed only six pitches to clinch the victory, with Estigoy making a running catch in shallow left field for the final out.
For the Beavers, Waters was 3 for 3, Jemes 2 for 3, and Zscheile and Taylor Johnson each had singles to pace the attack of the previously unbeaten Beavers.
Trojans Squeak By SandGnats in Nail Biter
Early on, the Trojans looked shaky, but not too shaky to put up a crooked number. In the first, Tyler Blake was stranded after a two out triple to the hill in right field, but in the second, the second half of the Trojans’ order made things happen. With one out, Sam Estigoy and David Hollen walked, before Zack Miller’s two out infield single scored two—one on the hit, one on a throwing error—before Charlie Hammitt walked and Nick Frei doubled, and then four consecutive batters reached on walks or hit-by-pitches to make the score 6-1.
The Trojans scored their seventh run in the fifth inning when Jordan Vartanian—using the brand new blue Easton Stealth—roped a triple to deep left field and then scored on Skyler Quam’s groundball.
But the SandGnats were not going to stay buried. In the fourth, the Burtovoy twins had back-to-back extra base hits—Trevor a triple and Jake a double—against Nick Frei (2-1), making it 6-2. Frei was otherwise fantastic, allowing just five hits while striking out three.
In the fourth, though, the SandGnats found their groove with some clutch hits and some shaking strike calls. Keven Walker walked and then scored on Trevor Burtovoy’s RBI double, before Jake Burtovoy and Darren Allen—Mr. Clutch this past fall season for the Blue Jays—singled in front of two walks and a Tony Silva single up the middle just beyond the reach of Frei’s glove at short that made it 7-6. With the score close and the tying run on third, Connor Adams caught Silva trying to steal to preserve the lead and escape the desperate jam.
Coming on in relief, Tyler Blake had no help from the umpire, but still managed to save the victory, striking out four over two frames of scoreless work. Still, with two outs in the seventh and the winning run on second base, Blake had to make an acrobatic play to grab a Benny Avalos grounder off the mound and make the play to Jordan Vartanian and first to end the game.
For the SandGnats, the Burtovoys were as great on the mound as in the batter’s box, combining to throw five innings of superb, one-run relief. Allen also had a good day, going 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Blake Slugs Way to Homerun Derby Crown
After one round, Blake had eleven homeruns, but had not exhausted his outs. But, in the interest of time and competition, the league decided to have him stop there, preventing him from breaking the all-time round record of fourteen. After the first, he lead all contestants, with two others tied at five bombs apiece.
Then, in the second round, it looked like the Volcanoes' Zach Stone would give him a run for his money, slugging nine homeruns to take what seemed a commanding lead over Blake and fellow contestant Tony Adams of the Ports. But Blake quickly matched him with nine, before collected two more to earn the championship.
Blake was the runner-up in the 2008 Willeford Derby, winning in regulation, but falling to a Freddie Lopez/Tyler Moore tag team after a rule-change allowed them to take the prize.
Trojans Dominate RiverDogs in Matchup of League Elite
In the first inning, the Trojans rallied with two outs to score four runs. After Nick Frei reached on an unconventional fielder’s choice (center to shortstop) and stole second, Connor Adams was plunked, paving the way for Charlie Hammitt and Skyler Quam’s back-to-back RBI singles. Then, with runners on second and third, Sam Estigoy—fresh off a huge game the night before—roped a two run single to the opposite field to give the Trojans an early 4-0 cushion. In the second, Frei and Tyler Blake had consecutive singles in front of an Adams two-run triple that ended up plating three when Adams scored on a throwing error on the play, making it 7-0 and turning a match-up of elite into a blowout.
Making the lead hold up was Adams (4-0), who needed only 32 pitches to breeze through three scoreless innings. Adams allowed just two hits, walking none, and struck out six to cap a dominant, scoreless week in which he surrendered three hits and no walks, striking out 15 in seven scoreless frames of work.
The Trojans’ offense went nuts again in the seventh, scoring six more runs. Matt Mullins lead off by drawing a walk, before Jordan Vartanian singled and Frei got hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Blake, who promptly uncorked a three-run double. The Trojans scored three more runs on passed balls to the deep, Brown Diamond backstop.
Quam relieved and, after allowing an RBI double to Lorenzo Wood, settled down to toss two strong innings, capped by two strikeouts in the fifth. In the sixth, it was Blake who provided scoreless relief, pitching around a Tyree Hanson leadoff double with two strikeouts before ending the game by inducing a gapped liner that Hammitt chased down in brilliant fashion.
For the RiverDogs, Wood was fantastic on the mound, throwing three sharp innings, allowing only one unearned run while striking out six. Hanson reached base three times, while Mason Crump, David Smith, and Daryl Payne each had singles in the losing effort.
Trojans Crush Redwings with Two Huge Innings
Vartanian (1-0) looked sharp on the mound, holding the Redwings scoreless over the first three innings, allowing only two singles, striking out four. In the fourth, the Redwings did break through scoring two unearned runs on a dropped pop fly, but Vartanian pitched out of the jam. He threw only 73 pitches—44 for strikes—in a dominant outing.
The Trojans’ offense, though, made run support a non-issue, as they scored thirteen runs in the bottom of the first inning, batting around twice before making three outs. The Trojans’ first five batters reached to start the game, on two walks, a hit batter, and RBI singles by Tyler Blake and Connor Adams, before Sam Estigoy’s hit and Matt Mullins’ RBI single began the rout. Coming up for a second time, Vartanian again drew a free pass before Nick Frei doubled to deep left center to clear the bases of all three runners, paving the way for two more RBI singles by Blake and Adams, followed by Charlie Hammitt and Skyler Quam singles. Then, to cap the scoring Sam Estigoy made it 2 for 2 in the first frame with a long two-run double to make it 13-0.
The Redwings’ Max Railey held the Trojans scoreless in the second and third, but their bats came back alive in the fourth, as they batted around again en route to nine more runs. The inning didn’t feature much hitting—eight walks and a hit batter did the trick—but Quam did have an RBI single during the run in which eight of the nine Trojan hitters scored in the inning. Jared Spohr ended the walk-fest, relieving and inducing two pop outs.
The Redwings scored three more runs in the fifth against Hammitt, who struck out two but allowed Railey’s two-run double to left. Railey had the Redwings’ best day, going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI and a run scored, and pitching two scoreless innings, while Drew Absher and Erik Mellor also tacked on singles.
Trojan Slip by Knights in Sharp Divisional Matchup
Connor Adams (3-0) was brilliant on the hill, pitching four scoreless innings. He allowed just a single baserunner--Brandan Langan's basehit to rightfield--in four shutout innings, needing only 57 pitches. He struck out the side in the first and third innings en route to a season-high nine strikeouts.
Although Adams was brilliant, it was the Trojans offense early on that looked hottest. In the first inning, the Trojans' first six hitters reached base to captain a 4-0 lead. Skyler Quam lead things off with a walk and Nick Frei singled up the middle, putting two on for Tyler Blake, a set-up which lasted all of one pitch, as Blake put the ball into the trees in right field for a 2-0 lead. Adams then double to center and Jordan Vartanian singled to right field, capping the surge which showed what the Trojans offense could do firing on all cylinders, even against the league's best pitchers.
In the third inning, the Trojans caught fire again. Blake lead off with a triple to right center and Adams drove him in with an RBI single to left. Vartanian then singled to left to plate Adams, though he was stranded after a Charlie Hammitt single precluded a fielder's choice and strike out.
The Trojans would score once more in the fifth, when Vartanian tripled to the trees and Hammitt brought him home with an infield single to left. Frei added two late doubles for the Trojans, but was stranded both times.
The Knights begin fighting back in the 5th, scoring twice on two errors by the home team, but Quam buckled down and escaped the jam, striking out two to end the threat. Quam then pitched a scoreless sixth inning, before Frei closed things out with a scoreless seventh inning.
Randall Mussman and Langan were both 2 for 3 for the Knights, while Cody Cloud threw two strong innings of relief.
Clutch Hits, Pitching Carry Trojans to Close Win Over Bats
Despite another offensive show, the Bats kept pace most of the way. In the first inning, after Trojans' leadoff man Charlie Hammitt scored on Jordan Vartanian's infield fly and an error, the Bats came right back with some offense of their own. Jeremy Gula was plunked on an 0-2 count, Tanner Roberts reached on an error, and then Nic Gula and Steele Hadfield each singled, making the score 3-1 early and deflating an otherwise encouraging start.
But the Trojans were up to the challenge. Connor Adams guided the offensive charge with his best offensive day of the season, as he went 3 for 3 with two doubles, three RBIs, and four runs scored. Tyler Blake also added two doubles and two runs, and Nick Frei broke out in a big way with the stick as he reached base four times in a 2 for 2 day that featured a double, single, RBI, and a stolen bag.
But Frei (1-1) wasn't just a hitting machine; he also kept the Bats' potent offense slowed with a dominant four inning performance. In four frames, he allowed four runs--one earned--on four hits, striking out six and walking just one hitter, including the fourth inning when he struck out the side on 10 pitches. Connor Adams was equally fantastic commanding the game from behind the plate, catching six innings in the burning heat and calling an excellent game, not to mention throwing out one would-be base stealer and nearly nailing three others.
Despite the excellent pitching, though, it looked as though the Trojans might waste Frei's pitching, as they trailed 4-3 going into the fourth inning. And, with runners at second and third and two down in the fourth, it looked like Hadfield (0-1) might escape unscathed. But in stepped David Hollen, who ripped a 2-1 fastball into left field for a two-run, lead-changing double that turned the momentum in the Trojans' favor.
But Hollen wasn't done, as his big day extended to the defensive side of the ball. In the third, Hollen also made the defensive play of the day in right field, tracking down and catching a Nic Gula drive on the run and then turning and firing to second to potentially double off a runner. Instead of an RBI double and one out, it was a runner on second and two down, keeping the score from getting away from them.
After Frei exited, it was Blake that took the hill hoping to preserve a slim three run cushion. Though the defense continued to fail him, he battled and closed out the win, striking out seven in relief. Especially brilliant was the seventh inning, when he responded to a well-placed Jeremy Gula leadoff single in dramatic fashion, fanning the two, three, and four hitters--the last looking--to close out the big divisional win.
For the Bats, Hadfield had the hot bat with two crisp singles and an RBI, while Michael Lucas and Dakota Lockhart both had singles as well. Jeremy Gula also caught and called a fantastic game behind the plate.
Wednesday, the stakes rise as the Trojans face their co-division leaders, the Capitol Foursquare Knights at Zehnder Park. The Knights have jumped to a 4-1 record thanks to their three aces, Ben Cornfield, Cody Cloud, and Randall Mussman, who tossed a perfect game in their season opener.
Trojans Walk Away with Ugly Win
Then came the bottom of the first inning, in which the Trojans plated eleven hitters and turned a shocking 3-0 hole into an eight-run cushion, propelling the Trojans to a 22-6 blowout victory over their league-rival Volcanoes.
Although outs were few and far between while the Trojans batted, they only collected eight hits as a team. Still, when those hits came, they were huge. Skyler Quam lead the way again with two singles and three RBIs en route to reaching base five times. Tyler Blake had the biggest blast of the day, hitting the Trojans' first homerun with two-run shot into the left-centerfield gap, while Adams had himself a three-hit day in five at-bats. Jordan Vartanian also had two infield singles.
Though the hits were not frequent, the bases were constantly brimming with Trojans, as all ten Trojans scored a run and all but Adams had an RBI. Charlie Hammitt scored four runs from the lead-off spot, Nick Frei scored three times and swiped four bags, and Zack Miller also scored three times and drove in a pair of runs. David Hollen walked three times, scoring twice and swiping two bags, while Sam Estigoy and Matt Mullins also contributed a pair of base on balls a piece and a RBI to boot.
On the hill, Adams did not have his best stuff, but worked through three effective innings for the win. He walked four and struck out three. Quam pitched the last two frames, striking out three around three runs--one earned--to pick up the technical save.
For the Volcanoes, Zach Stone and Thomas Wackman each had singles, Wackman with an RBI and Stone with a run scored, in an otherwise frustrating day for the talented squad. Wildness on the mound--15 walks and 3 hit batters--was really the name of the game.
Saturday, the Trojans will face the Bats in their first divisional match-up of this young season. Nick Frei (0-1) will start on the hill against one of the Bats' ace southpaws, either Jeremy Gula (0-1) or Anthony DiBartolo (0-0).
Trojans Bounce Back, Bury Muckdogs 10-3
Holding the Muckdogs at bay for the first four innings was Connor Adams (1-0), who needed only 54 pitches to breeze through four sharp innings. He allowed only three hits and one walk, striking out nine hitters in the outing. 40 of his 54 pitches were strikes, as he mixed his heavy fastball with a unhittable curve to great effect.
Making Adams' outing hold up was the Trojans' offense, which once again made crooked numbers a habit. In the first, down 1-0, the Trojans scored two when Skyler Quam walked and Tyler Blake tripled to the fence in rightfield. The Trojans then took the lead for good when Blake stole home on the back end of a double steal with Jordan Vartanian, who drew a throw from Muckdogs' ace Eli Wolf (0-1) while taking second.
After Wolf held the offense down in the second, the Trojans batted around in third en route to a seven-run explosion that turned a pitchers' duel into a laugher. Charlie Hammitt lead off with a single, Quam was hit by pitch, and Blake singled in front of the "warning track" shift to make it three one. Vartanian then beat out an infield single in front of back-to-back walks by Adams and Nick Frei that made the score 5-1. Then, after reliever Josh Criswell entered with a strikeout, Sam Estigoy collected his first hit of the year with a single to right center, before Zack Miller put the game away with a two-run single to right field. Estigoy later scored on a Hammitt ground out for the seventh run.
The Trojans also plated a run in the fifth when Hammitt scored on a Vartanian fielder's choice.
On defense, the Trojans made a couple errors, but looked strong. Matt Mullins made the play of the day, when his diving catch on a shallow pop-up ended a Muckdog threat in the fifth.
After Adams moved behind the plate, Vartanian, Hammitt, and Blake finished off the seven-hitter with solid relief. As a staff, the four hurlers combined to strike out thirteen hitters and walk only one, the polar opposite of their collective output on Wednesday.
For the Muckdogs, Scott Felger and Criswell each had a pair of hits, with Felger's including a double, and Wolf also had an RBI bunt single. Thomas Marini, who tossed a scoreless sixth inning, also had a two-run single to left that provided the Muckdogs final two runs.
The Trojans were thrilled to have Kyle Blaney, though on crutches, in attendance after injuring his leg in Wednesday's contest. Unfortunately, the baseball still found a way to attack Blaney, as he was hit by a pulled shot while sitting in the dugout. Thankfully, he was okay.
Huge Trojan Comeback Falls Short in Wild 15-13 Loss
Though it went only four innings, the short-on-frames-but-long-on-drama battle could not have featured stranger scenes than it did. The early portion of the game featured stout winds, while the latter portion traded breezes for impossible sunlight in the outfield, allowing the opportunistic Rockhounds the chance to turn two hard liners to rightfield into a Cecil Williams grand slam and a Lee Fong three-run homerun.
For the Trojans, the story of the game was wildness, as the pitching staff combined to walk 13 and hit three. Naturally, then, the defense looked shaky as well, turning potential outs into more baserunners and making the deficit too steep to recover.
On offense, though, the Trojans flashed the depth and skill most expected to see. Leading the way again wer Tyler Blake, who singled and doubled in driving in two, and Charlie Hammitt, who drove in a pair himself on a single and sacrifice fly and scored twice from the leadoff spot. The biggest hit of the game, though, was the double bombed by Skyler Quam off Cecil Williams in the last inning, giving the Trojans hope and putting the Rockhounds on notice. Quam also had a single as part of a 3-RBI effort.
The Trojans got contributions beyond those three, though, as well. Leading the way was Matt Mullins, who collected two singles and drove in one. But the "bottom of the order" was potent as a whole, as Kyle Blaney, Mullins, and Zack Miller combined to reach base in six of their seven plate appearances. David Hollen also had an infield single, while Sam Estigoy drove in one and stole a bag.
For the Rockhounds, though Williams hit the sun-spot grandslam and closed out the win, the big star was Lee Fong, who went 3 for 4 with two sharp singles and the three-run homer that proved the winning margin. Benjamin Bradley also had a huge RBI single in the third inning that broke open a tight contest. On the hill, Forrest Northart (1-0) earned the victory with three strong innings of work in the start, fanning three and allowing only two earned runs to a potent offense.
The game, for all it's craziness, was not without a dour note, as Trojans outfielder Kyle Blaney injured his ankle tracking Fong's homerun. The x-ray results are not back yet, but the team hopes to have Blaney back after spring break.
Saturday, the Trojans will try to get back in the win column as they take on the Muckdogs. The Muckdogs recently took the undefeated Knights, fresh off a Ben Cornfield and Cody Cloud perfect game, to extra innings, losing a nail-biter 3-2 in extras on a bases-loaded walk.
Trojans Own Opener Over Owlz 11-4
As they did in both exhibitions wins, the Trojans got things started early on offense. In the first, Skyler Quam walked and stole second in front of a Tyler Blake single, making it 1-0. Then, after Jordan Vartanian singled to right, Connor Adams--having just won a basketball championship in the morning--hit a deep flyball to center to score Blake for a 2-0 lead.
The Trojans also put up crooked numbers in the third, fifth, and sixth innings. In the third, Kyle Blaney started things off by reaching on an error, before Nick Frei and Quam walked. Blake brought home Blaney before Adams roped a single into deep right center to score two to make it 5-0.
After Inong tossed a scoreless fourth inning that featured two David Hollen stolen bags but nothing else, in the fifth, Blake got things started against flame-throwing southpaw Joey Lopez with a deep double to the gap before a Vartanian single and Adams walk set things up for Charlie Hammitt, whose two-run single up the middle got his fan club cheering and made the lead insurmountable. Hammitt later stole home on a nifty unscripted jaunt.
In the sixth, Frei and Quam again reached base to get things going--Quam with a single--before Vartanian's third hit, an infield single, scored Frei and a hustling Quam to cap the Trojan scoring.
Keeping the Trojans in control, though, was a pitching staff that looked dominant throughout. Blake (1-0) spun two perfect innings to start things out right, striking out four, before Connor Adams tossed three strong innings of relief, surrendering only one run on a Lopez triple--that was nearly an out with two great cutoff throws--preceding a Danny Inong triple in the fourth. Finishing things up were Quam, victimized by an errant throw for two unearned runs, and Hammitt, who struck out one in the seventh.
On a hot day, the catching was fantastic for the Trojans, with Frei handling six boiling hot innings behind the dish and shutting down the Owlz running game. Matt Mullins picked up the fifth inning behind the dish and impressed with his perfect back picks to first base holding baserunner Greg Teague at bay. Sam Estigoy also had a great game at first base.
For the Owlz, Teague reached base three times including a single, while Lopez and Inong each had multi-hit days. Kyle Areson pitched a scoreless seventh inning of relief.
Wednesday, the Trojans will face another challenge when they take on a strong Rockhound squad at Jones Park.
Trojans Out-Joust Knights in Final Tune-Up
As with their first game, the Trojans put the pressure on an opponent early with a crooked number in the first inning. Charlie Hammitt walked and stole second leading off, and Nick Frei reached on an error, before Tyler Blake's sacrifice fly to second base plated a racing Hammitt for an early lead. Connor Adams then singled home Frei for a 2-0 lead that the Trojans would not relinquish.
Holding that lead, of course, was a Trojans' pitching staff that again looked strong. Adams earned the W with a quick first inning featuring a pickoff at first by Frei from behind the plate, before Skyler Quam and Jordan Vartanian each tossed a scoreless frame. Tyler Blake relieved and, again, struck out the side, but Mark Brooks' single narrowed the margin to 3-1 in the fourth. Frei then finished things for the save with a sharp fifth inning, despite shoddy defense giving the Knights a chance. Frei closed things out with a strike out of Mark Bell to end a bases-loaded threat.
On offense, Blake scored the third run on Vartanian's 3rd inning RBI single, and Quam drove in two in the fifth with a clutch single against Knights' closer Randall Mussman.
Vartanian had two hits, Quam got plunked twice before his big hit, Sam Estigoy walked twice, and Matt Mullins had a fantastic game--behind the dish, in the field, and on the bases--with the Knights' manager, Mark Cornfield, calling him the "secret weapon" for his on-base skills and moxie.
For the Knights, Mussman had a single and looked great behind the plate, while Bell and Ryan Hedum all had big hits in addition to Brooks' RBI shot. Cody Cloud also struck out three in two strong innings as the starting pitcher.
Saturday, the Trojans will take the field for real--wearing uniforms!--against the defending league champion Owlz at Zehnder Park. Starting pitchers have not been named.
Trojan Comeback Takes Exhibition Opener
Things began promisingly enough when the Trojans began the game with four straight hits for a 3-0 lead. Nick Frei doubled on the game's second pitch, before Skyler Quam, Tyler Blake, and Jordan Vartanian each singled. But the Beavers' offense looked sharp early, too, as they answered with four runs on four sharp singles and a walk. Then, in the second, they plated two more when Connor Adams struck out two but wild pitches lead to baserunners.
Still, the Trojans weren't done. In the fifth, trailing by two, Blake singled and Vartanian walked before Charlie Hammitt got them within one at 7-6 with a two-run single up the middle. Then, trailing by one in the seventh, Blake again got things started by legging out an infield single, before Adams and Hammitt singled and scored, putting the Trojans up two.
Hammitt (1-0) was the benefactor of the comeback, notching the W with a scoreless sixth inning on the hill. Though he struck out two, Hammitt received help in the outfield via a gold glove diving catch by Kyle Blaney that turned a certain extra-base hit into an out. David Hollen then struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh for his first save.
On offense, Frei went 2 for 3 with the leadoff double, Hammitt had two hits, Hollen had an RBI single, and Zack Miller had the hardest shot of the day with a line drive single roped up the middle in the sixth. Matt Mullins also turned over the offense twice with walks, showing great discipline at the plate, in addition to his leadership on defense.
On the mound, the pitching staff looked strong. After some early turbulence, things settled down as the team combined for 14 strikeouts in seven innings. Blake struck out the side in the third, before Vartanian looked sharp in the fourth and Quam needed only nine pitches to mow down all three he faced in the fifth. Frei and Adams, pitching first, each struck out two themselves.
For the Beavers, Elijah Jones, Matthew Dunbar, and Taylor Waters each had two hits, while Spencer Jemes had an infield single himself. Angel Guttierez had a single, too, but also looked polished on the mound, throwing two strong innings of relief.
Game Schedule Posted
Team Meeting Location Changed
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