After two straight losses, the Trinity Lions baseball team bounced back in a big way Thursday night with a 16-1 victory over Our Lady of Mercy in a game called after three innings.
Trinity took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and after Our Lady of Mercy scored its only run of the game in the top of the second, the Lions broke the game open in the bottom of the second.
The Lions sent 15 men to the plate in the inning and scored 11 times.
Shep Hancock blasted a grand slam and Cal Smith ripped a three-run homer as part of the Lions offensive explosion.
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Starting pitcher Jake Lyle struck out five and Stephen Spurgeon one in his one inning of relief.
Josh Bellflower drove in two runs, Maury Weaver and Chaz Crawford one each.
Trinity head coach Blake Austin was glad to see his team bounce back with the solid victory.
Trinity is in its first year in the GHSA after closing out GISA play last season with a state title.However, he knows the Lions have a bullseye on their backs.
“You talk to teams around the region and they are earmarking us,” he said. “It’s a good thing for us, but it’s something I am not sure our guys were expecting I was because I played in this region. There is a winning culture in this region,” Austin said.
On Saturday, the Lions beat St. Anne’s 2-1 and lost 2-0 to Tatnall Square im two pitchers’ duels.
In the victory against St. Annes, the Lions scored both of their runs in the bottom of the first inning.
After St. Anne’s scored its run in the top of the fourth, the game turned into a defensive battle.
Jayce Blalcock and Brady Anderson had RBIa in the victory over St. Annes.
Thomas Cordier had seven strikeouts against St. Annes.Brenan Burks, Blalock, and Kyle Stephenson each got hits.