The Trinity Lions sailed through the round-robin tournament this week at Deerfield-Windsor.
Trinity opened the tournament with an 11-4 victory over Westfield on Thursday, and then beat Northside Methodist from Dothan, Ala. 10-9 and Deerfield-Windsor 10-2 on Friday.
Trinity 10, Northside 9: The Trinity Lions baseball team found itself in a shootout Friday afternoon against Northside Methodist.
Trinity took a 10-7 lead into the sixth inning, but allowed Northside to score twice in the bottom of the inning before pitching out of trouble to secure the 10-9 victory in a game that was limited to just two hours.
Trinity was out hit 9-8 in the contest, but took advantage of four Northside errors to pick up the win.
Both teams put runs on their side of the scoreboard thanks to home runs.
With Northside leading 5-0 after two innings, Shep Hancock helped Trinity cut the lead to 5-4 with a grand slam in the top of the third.
Northside added two more runs in the bottom of the third to increase the lead to 7-4.
Trinity seized the momentum from Northside with five runs in the top of the fourth to lead 9-7.
Calin Smith’s two-run homer in the inning tied the game before the Lions added two more runs.
Trinity scored its final run of the game in the top of the fifth to give the Lions a 10-7 lead.
The Lions used four pitchers during Friday afternoon’s slugfest with Charles Fuller and Thomas Cordier each striking out four. Kyle Riesselmann pitched a 1-3 of an inning and struckout the only batter he faced.
Chase Metcalf drove in two runs for Lions as part of their potent offense.
Trinity 10, Deerfield 2: The Lions set the tone early in the contest, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning en route to their third victory in two days.
The Lions extended the lead to 9-0 before Deerfield-Windsor scored its final two runs of the game in the sixth and seventh.
Smith put an exclamation point on the win with a three-run homer in the sixth inning.
Jake Estes had a double and Thomas Cordier smacked a triple to help pace the Lions 10-hit performance.
Estes finished the game with three hits and two RBIs.
Three pitchers went to the mound for the Lions and held Deerfield to just five hits.
Shep Hancock started the game for Trinity, pitched five innings, striking out nine and walking one.
Trevor Crews and Metcalf each pitched an inning with a strikeout.
Trinity 10, Northside 9
Trinity 004 510 — 10 8 3
Northside 232 002 — 9 9 4
HR—Trinity— Shep Hancock (grand slam). Calin Smith. Northside—Austin Thrasher.
Trinity 10, Deerfield 2
Trinity 501 003 1—10100
Deerfield 000 001 1—251