Thirty six combined runs, 13 innings and five hours of baseball told the tale of the tape Thursday night when Trinity hosted Mount Vernon in a Region 5-1A battle.
In the end, Trinity won 19-17 in a game that read more like a football score between the two rivals.
Calin Smith was the game-ending hero blasting a two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th to send the tired Lions' dugout into a wild celebration.
Mount Vernon also spread its offensive wealth with Eduardo Gonzalez and Alexander VanLandingham finishing the game with three RBIs each.
Smith’s teammates greeted him at home plate on a night when Lions built a 11-3 lead at one stage only to see it evaporate.
Mount Vernon put itself back in the game when it batted around and put 10 runs on the board in the sixth inning.
The Mustangs used the rally to grab a 13-11 lead.
Trinity retook the lead with three runs in the bottom of sixth to go up 14-13.
The Lions, however, were unable to slam the door shut on Mount Vernon in the top of the seventh allowing the Mustangs to tie the game in the top of the seventh.
In the four extra innings, each team took turns with the momentum and pushing runs across the plate.
After both squads scored runs in the 10th the game continued.
Neither team was able to score in the 11th but scored twice in the 12th inning.
The Lions kept the Mustangs off the scoreboard in the 13th setting the stage for the dramatic ending in the 13th with Smith’s two-run game winning blast.
Shep Hancock did a little bit of everything for the Lions, blasting two home runs finishing and with six RBIs.
He was also a strikeout machine for the Lions, pitching five innings and striking out 13 batters.
Hancock was one of six pitchers to go to the mound for the Lions.
Thomas Cordier struck out six batters in his four innings of work.
Chaz Crawford was the pitcher of record for the Lions throwing the last two inning and striking out four to pick up the win.
Senior slugger Kyle Risselmann is slowly returning to form after missing several games with a jaw injury.
Serving as the team’s designated hitter in Thursday’s 13-inning victory, the Georgia State signee belted a homer off the scoreboard.
Risselman finished the game with five hits and three RBIs.
Brenan Burks, Hancock, Risselmann, Smith, Cordier, Brady Anderson and Maury Weaver each had doubles for the Lions.
Weaver also had a key RBI in the 10th to keep the Lions in the contest.
Jackson Sims was one of five pitchers to go to the mound for the Mustangs. In five innings of work, he struck out 10.
With the win, Trinity improved to 14-9 overall and 7-3 in league play.
The loss dropped Mount Vernon’s record to 17-3 and 7-2 in league play.