The Trinity Christian School baseball team may have entered the GISA Class AAA playoffs as the No. 3 seed, but the Lions didn’t let the fact that they had to open the postseason on the road get the best of them.
In a battle of two teams named Trinity, the Lions made the trek from Sharpsburg to Dublin and came away with a first-round sweep, winning the first game 9-1 and the second 4-2.
With the win, the Lions move into the second round and will face the winner of the Southland-Westfield series in the GISA Class AAA Elite Eight starting next week.
The Lions took control of the first game, scoring two runs in the first inning, four in the fifth and three in the seventh.
Trinity-Dublin added its only run of the game in the sixth.
The Lions outhit Trinity-Dublin 11-2 in the first game.
Michael Young had a home run in the game and finished with two RBIs. Cal Smith paced the Lions’ offense with three RBIs.
Jake Elrod also had an RBI for the Lions.
Pitcher Jake Estes worked five innings for the Lions and struck out 12 batters. Zach Byrom pitched an inning in relief and struck out one.
Trinity-Dublin tried to make the second game a little closer.
After the Lions scored one in the bottom first, Trinity-Dublin tied the game at 1-1 in the second.
The Lions scored once in the third before Trinity Dublin tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth.
The Lions, however, scored the final two runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth.
Trinity-Dublin strung together a small rally in the seventh, putting two runners on base before the Lions pitched out of the jam to seal the victory.
Young added to his offensive heroics from the first game by turning in a strong pitching performance in the second game. He threw four innings, giving up four hits, walking four and striking out seven.
Shep Hancock struck out one in two innings of work.
Young had two hits and an RBI in the second game. Matt Holloway and Elrod added an RBI each.