March 31st, 2018

Colts struggle to contain the Rocks bats

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


Colts struggle to contain the Rocks bats
Trinity's Doug Stough watches a pitch go in the dirt / photo by Conor Revell

DeSales had two bad innings and Trinity’s visiting baseball team took advantage and cruised to an 11-0 (five innings) victory Saturday at Rex Robinson Memorial Field.

“We got the two out hit in the first inning and our first two hitters had hit the ball pretty good,” Trinity head coach Rick Arnold said of his team six-run second inning. “I think we got a little confidence in the first inning, we just didn’t have anything to show for it. Once we got a couple of guys on, we ran a little. I think that first inning confidence carried over to the second inning.”

The Rocks sluggers recorded 10 hits. The Colts struggled at the plate and only had three hits.

“We need to be more aggressive at the plate,” DeSales head coach T.J. Cataldo said. “We have preached aggressiveness. In some games we are aggressive, in other games we aren’t aggressive. We had three hits today. You have to be able to hit the ball against a team like Trinity. You have to get out there and swing. We’ll keep working and get better. That’s what practice is for and that’s what these early games are for.”

Max Medley led Trinity with two hits and three RBIs.

“I was just being aggressive and swinging at the ball,” Medley said. “I had runners in scoring position both times I had a hit. I was trying to get them in and all that takes is a good swing and seeing what happens.”

A.J. Arnold had two hits and an RBI.

Daylen Lile had a hit and three RBIs. Doug Stough had two hits. Noah Baugher, Dylan Byerly, Nick Parrish, and Matt Ramser each had a hit and an RBI.

“He’s only a freshman but he’s a really good hitter and fielder,” Rick Arnold said of Lile. “He’s an even better kid. Daylen has been hitting the ball well even though the numbers don’t show it through three or four games. He has been hitting the ball really hard. He hits in the two-hole because he’s a great hitter.”

Pitcher Nick Carroll started for the Rocks and struck out eight, walked none, and allowed two hits in four innings. Adam Weining gave up one hit in the final inning.

“I was throwing my fastball very well at the start of the count,” Carroll said. “Later in the count I started throwing my curveball really well. Both pitches were working for me.”  

Trinity (4-1) conquered control with six runs in the second inning. Douglass Stough led off with an infield single and moved to second on Noah Baugher’s grounder.

Stough scored on Max Medley’s single. Grant Perry walked and Medley scored on Matt Ramser’s base hit. Ben Metzinger was plunked to load the bases and Daylen Lile sent everybody home with a double to give the Rocks a 5-0 lead.

Lile moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Dylan Byerly’s sacrifice fly that almost carried over the left field fence to put the Colts in a 6-0 hole.

The Rocks added five more runs in the fifth inning highlighted by A.J. Arnold’s lead off solo homer over the right field fence.

“I got a couple of pitches that I didn’t really like and laid off of,” A.J. Arnold said. “It was late in the count and the pitcher threw a fastball up and I hit it the other way. The wind carried it but it was a no doubter.”

Evan Hulsmeyer started for the Colts (3-3) and allowed six runs, six earned, five hits, walked two, and struck out three. Nick Heil pitched the final two innings and gave up four runs, four earned, five hits, and walked one.

“I want them to keep throwing strikes,” Cataldo said. “They really didn’t pitch that bad. They gave up a couple of strong hits but it was a flare here and a flare there. We learned that all it takes is a flare here or a flare there with runners on base and the odds of them scoring are pretty high.”

Sam Newkirk, Trevor Sievert, and Drew Smith each had a hit for the Colts.

“Nick (Carroll) was really good today,” Rick Arnold said. “We made a couple of adjustments to his location and he executed that precisely. DeSales is a real young team and they’re going to be very good. But, Nick came out and took care of business. He threw strikes and worked both sides of the plate very well.”

 

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