April 5th, 2018

King dominates, Rocks fend off Royals

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

King dominates, Rocks fend off Royals
Trinity's Thomas King throws a pitch / photo by Conor Revell

Pitcher Thomas King had a near perfect outing and it appeared that Trinity’s baseball team was going to roll to an easy win.

But, visiting Hamilton Southeast (Ind.) scored four runs in the seventh inning before the Shamrocks were finally able to close the door and escaped with a 6-4 victory at Thurman Hutchins Park Thursday night.

“Competing, he has always had great stuff,” Trinity head coach Rick Arnold said. “He has had some tough breaks with injuries and tears. The different in today and any other day that he has pitched for us was competing. He is not going out there hoping he’s going to throw two or three strikes, he knows he’s going to throw two or three strikes. He was really, really dominant today.”

King threw six shutout innings and allowed only one hit, fanned six, and walked one. King retired the 13 hitters he faced.

“My fastball was working and I was hitting my spot pretty well,” King said. “My slider got a couple of guys biting too. This was probably my best outing I ever had. I’m really happy with how I threw.”

Southpaw John Castleman came in to pitch the seventh and the Royals (2-3) rang the freshman up for four runs and four hits along with a walk.

Anthony Eggers led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch. Cole DeWael walked, Cam Bolling struck out and reached base because of a wild pitch. Greyson Droste hit a three-run bomb over the left-center field fence to make it a four run game.  

“I hated it because I got a little bit nervous, but I think everyone in green was nervous,” Arnold said. “What happened was simply this, we put a freshman out there, it was his second outing, he’s very talented, and he didn’t get the job done. He’ll be back tomorrow or next week or whenever we’re fortunate to play again. He’ll be even better. But, I have every bit of faith in him.”

Max Medley relieved Castleman and gave up two hits to seal the deal. The bases were loaded when he got Eggers to fly out to end the game.

“We learned that we have to fight every game,” Trinity’s Doug Stough said. “It’s a lot different from last year, we can’t overpower anyone.”

Trinity (5-2) used small ball to score one run in the second, third, and fifth innings and got three runs in the fourth inning.

“Look, we got four or five guys with powers,” Arnold said. “On a cold day in a huge park. We bounced one out and they hit one out. But, on a cold day, whatever it takes to get the win. We had a situation where I called for a bunt four times in a row and the guys executed. We saw somethings where we could get them with running on the bases so we did.”

Doug Stough was plunked in the second inning, Noah Baugher walked, and Hunter David grounded into a double play, but Stough moved to third.

Stough scored on a wild pitch.

Matthew Ramser scored the second run in the third inning when he singled and scored on Dylan Byerly’s bunt single that was mishandled by Hamilton Southeast.

Stough walked to start the fourth, Baugher dropped down a bunt single, Hunter David’s bunt scored Stough and Baugher when the pitcher overthrew the first baseman.  Ramser’s sacrifice fly scored Baugher to put the Royals in a 6-0 hole.  

“He gave me a squeeze and I fouled it off,” Ramser said. “He threw me a fastball low and and then he threw me a curveball in the dirt. I expected another curveball in the dirt and he hung it and I drove it to the outfield.”

Doug Stough’s RBI base hit made it 6-0 in the fifth inning.  

“I was mad that I wasn’t being very aggressive,” Stough said. “In my third at-bat the pitcher threw a curveball in the zone and I took a good swing at it.”

Andrew Morlen started on the hill for the Royals and gave up one run, two hits, walked two, and struck out two in three innings. Cole Garvison pitched the final three innings and allowed four runs, one earned,  five hits, walked one, and struck out one. 


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