Trumbull, Eisenhower blank county rival Youngsville
He didn’t allow another runner to reach until the fifth inning as the sophomore threw a complete game shutout in the Knights 10-0 win over the Eagles.
“I was locked in from the start,” Trumbull said.
The Eisenhower offense was locked in as well as the Knights collected 16 hits in the win.
“They played a really good game today,” Eisenhower coach Clint Corse said. “They were relaxed at the plated and maintained a rhythm.”
After a quiet top of the first, Nyko Mercado led off the bottom half with a single. Jason Beers followed with a seeing-eye single and the Eagles quickly had runners at first and second. Sam Hoover grounded to shortstop Dakota Chase and Chase was able to step on second and fire to first for a double play. Mercado advanced to third, but was stranded there when Trumbull caught Damon Reese looking to end the inning.
“Trumbull’s just a rock star,” Corse said.
The Knights’ offense got rolling in the second.
Jared Beers hit a leadoff single and Chase followed with a double to put runners at first and second. Dillon Benson walked to load the bases for Paul Swanson. Swanson hit a grounder to short and Jason Beers tried to get Jared Beers at the plate, but the throw sailed wide of catcher Isaac Smith and to the backstop. Jared Beers and Chase both scored to put Eisenhower ahead, 2-0.
“We’re learning to work as a team,” Corse said. “We’re building confidence.”
Hoover, pitching for Youngsville, got the next two batters to ground out before Teagan Gray popped out to end the inning.
While Trumbull continued to set down the Eagles, the Knights offense tacked on another run in the fourth.
With two away, Garret Bailey and Alexander hit back-to-back singles. Gray brought Bailey in with a single to right to extend the lead to 3-0.
Alex Kemery punched a ground ball single through the infield to get a runner on for the Eagles in the fifth, but he was caught stealing second as Alexander fired a strike to Chase for the tag.
Eisenhower scored five more in the sixth.
Benson led off with an infield single and stole second and third. Two outs later, Alexander plated Benson with an infield hit of his own. Gray followed with a single to put runners on first and third. On the next pitch, Gray took off for second and courtesy runner Cole Chapman started for home as the throw went to second. Gray was safe and Chapman scored to put the Knights ahead 5-0. Zach Rohlin walked and Trumbull singled to load the bases. Jared Beers roped a liner to center to score Gray and Rohlin and send Trumbull to third. Chase singled in Trumbull to give the Knights an 8-0 advantage.
“Credit to them, they hit well and their pitcher pitched well,” Youngsville coach Kevin Hoover said.
Mercado doubled with two down in the home half, but Trumbull got Jason Beers to ground out to keep the Eagles off the board.
Eisenhower added a pair in the seventh.
Swanson hit a leadoff single and Alexander reached on an error with one out to put runners on first and second. With two down, Rohlin put a single down the left field line to score Swanson. Trumbull closed out the scoring with a RBI single.
The Eagles threatened in the seventh. Hoover led off with a double and, with one out, Dominic Walton singled to right as the ball bounced out of a diving Swanson’s glove. With two outs, Brandon Victor walked to load the bases. Ethan Morningstar hit a ground ball to short and Chase flipped to Rohlin for the final out.
“We just didn’t hit today,” Hoover said.
Trumbull scattered six hits over seven shutout innings. He struck out seven and walked none.
Jared Beers was 4-5 at the plate with a pair of RBI. Chase, Alexander, Gray and Trumbull had two hits each.
Mercado had a pair of hits for the Eagles.
Both teams are back in action Monday. Eisenhower hosts Iroquois, while Youngsville hosts Kennedy Catholic for senior night.
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Alexander c 5-1-2-1, Chapman cr 0-1-0-0, Gray 3b 5-1-2-1, Rohlin 2b 4-1-1-0, Trumbull p 5-1-2-1, Beers 1b 5-1-4-2, Chase ss 3-1-2-0, Benson cf 3-1-1-0, Swanson rf 4-1-1-2, Bailey lf 3-1-1-0, English lf 1-0-0-0, Totals 38-10-16-7
Mercado lf 3-0-2-0, Beers ss-p 3-0-1-0, Hoover p-ss 3-0-1-0, Turner cr 0-0-0-0, Reese rf 2-0-0-0, Curry rf 1-0-0-0, Walton 2b 3-0-1-0, Kemery 3b 3-0-1-0, Victor cf 3-0-0-0, Morningstar dh 2-0-0-0, Smith c 2-0-0-0, Totals 25-0-6-0
Eisenhower 020 105 2 – 10 16 0
Youngsville 000 000 0 – 0 6 3
DP-Eisenhower. 2b-Beers (E), Chase (E), Mercado (Y), Hoover (Y).
IP H R ER BB K
Trumbull (W) 7 6 0 0 0 7
Hoover (L) 6.2 16 10 8 2 6
Beers 0.1 3 0 0 0 0