May 18th, 2017

Adell hits two bombs but Rocks escape with win

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Conor Revell

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Adell hits two bombs but Rocks escape with win
Trinity's Price Adams throws a pitch / photo by Conor Revell

Ballard slugger and MLB prospect Jo Adell may have hit two home runs but that didn't faze Trinity's top-ranked baseball team.

The visiting Shamrocks scored five runs in the seventh after Adell hit his second home run of the game in the sixth inning and defeated No. 11 Ballard 9-3 Thursday night. A.J Arnold hit a three-run home run over the center field fence in the seventh inning.

“That’s a kid I played a lot when I was young,” Trinity pitcher Price Adams said of Jo Adell. He’s a special talent and it’s hard to pitch to him as he showed by smashing two balls over the right field fence. But it’s fun to pitch against somebody like that. It’s good competition.”

Trinity (26-5) scored one run in the first and two runs in the second to jump out to a 3-1 lead and made it 4-1 in the fifth inning.

Adell hit his first bomb in the first inning to get the Bruins (23-11) on the board and then made the game interesting when a two-run shot in the sixth to cut the Rocks lead to 4-3 going into the seventh.

“No, absolutely not, we wanted to stay aggressive,” Trinity head coach Rick Arnold said. “This game is for pride, the real season starts Monday. This game was fun and Jordon is a great player. He hit two outside pitches over the right field fence twice. We were supposed to throw it inside but he probably would have taken those over the left field fence. He’s that good. He never had the chance to give them the lead so we no reason to fear him.”

Arnold’s 3-run bomb sparked a five run seventh inning to help the Rocks preserve the win.

“I had struggled earlier and missed some pitches that I should have hit,” A.J. Arnold said. “In that at-bat, I stayed within myself and hit the ball the other way. That pitcher was slower than the other ones I had so I just put a good swing on it.”

Matt Higgins led the Trinity offense and reached base three times, went 2 for 2, and drove in a run. Ben Metzinger and Noah Baugher had one hit and one run batted in apiece.

“We wanted to have an aggressive approach and just to put our bat on whatever we could,” Higgins said. “I thought we did a good job. We didn’t have many strikeouts and we put the ball in play.”

Clayton Mehlbauer, Hunter David, and Brody Heim each had one hit and scored a run. Michael Blair scored a run and drove in one while Dylan Byerly had an RBI.

Adams tossed 6 and 1/3 innings for the Rocks and allowed three runs, four hits, struck out eight, and walked four. “I thought Price pitched great,” Rick Arnold said. “We have been working hard to keep Price efficient and keep his pitch count down. We didn’t want him to go to 3-2 with a lot of hitters. He was finishing guys off with a 1-2 count either striking them out or getting a fly ball or ground ball. Price gets better every time he pitches. That’s why this game was important because of the environment and a lot of people were here. It’s the most fun game we have played in all year.”

Max Medley threw 2/3 of an inning and surrendered one hit. With runners on the corners and two outs, Medley got Adell to pop out to end the game.

Adell was responsible for two of Ballard’s five hits, both were over the right field fence, and drove in all three of the Bruins runs.

“I still don’t know how to get him out,” Adams said. “He hit two home runs off me. I was trying to throw the ball inside and try to jam him but he drove the ball and smacked it. Perhaps I should have mixed some off-speed stuff but the rest of the game went well. I’d call today a good day.”

Jackson Millholan and Jordan Gunter were the only other Bruins to record a hit.

Ballard's Gunter started on the hill and tossed four innings, gave up three runs, two hits, walked six, and struck out one.

Hunter Mathes replaced Gunter and tossed one inning and allowed one run and one hit. Ben Collins pitched the final two innings and gave up five runs and five hits.

“I think we did great offensively,” Rick Arnold said. “Matt Higgins had a couple of good hits. A.J. put the lead out of reach with his home run. Ben Metzinger had a big hit; Mike Blair had a great RBI ground out. In the seventh inning we did a great job of adding to the lead. That’s something we have been trying to work on.” 

 

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