Trinity Lutheran’s baseball team sent 14 batters to the plate in the third inning and scored eight runs, and had 10 batters in the fourth inning and scored six times as it rolled to a 16-1 win against Crothersville in a five-inning game at Alf Snyder Field on Friday afternoon.
The Cougars had nine hits, received seven walks and had three hit batsmen, and took advantage of four Crothersville errors.
Trinity took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Tyler Goecker was hit by a pitch and scored on an error, and pinch-runner Josh Rowe scored on a bases loaded walk to Lawson Woods.
Chandler Reynolds had two singles and two RBI in the third, Jack Marksberry singled and walked with the bases loaded, and Brayton Wilson had a single and drew a walk. Jake Mau also singled in that inning and scored, and Jake VonDielingen was hit by a pitch that forced in another run.
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In the fourth inning, Woods singled to drive in two runs, Wilson walked with the bases loaded and Reynolds hit a sacrifice fly to produce another run.
Marksberry, Reynolds and Reid Kruse had two hits each with Kruse’s double in the fourth being the Cougars’ only extra-base hit.
Woods had four RBIs, Reynolds drove in three, and VonDielingen and Wilson each had two RBIs. Goecker scored three runs.
VonDielingen, Goecker and Reynolds combined on a no hitter going into the fifth before Kruse came in and walked the Tigers’ Logan Collins, who scored on a single by Jonathon Ritz.
Alex VanCoutren walked three times and Collins walked twice, and Ritz was on base twice with a walk and the single for Crothersville.
Cougars coach Matt VonDielingen said he saw a lot of improvement over the opening game at Rising Sun.
“Our defense played a lot better today than it played in our last outing,” he said. “The bats woke up a little bit. We were hitting the ball better. We did get the hits when we needed them which is very important.
“It was good to see the freshmen get out there and make some plays for us and do some things right. It was good to see several of our pitchers get an opportunity and come through for us. All-in-all it was a positive outing.”
The Trinity pitchers combined to allow one hit, strike out four and walk six.
Tigers coach Jared Richey said his team needs to put the bat on the ball.
“We’re not near aggressive enough at the plate,” he said. “We need to turn on some pitches. We didn’t have our situations. We need to stay composed.
“I’ll say this (cold) weather is hard, but I told (the team) the temperature is the same in each dugout.”
The Cougars (1-1) will host Hauser today for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m., and the Tigers (0-2) will travel to West Washington Thursday.