Strong offensive showing not enough for Tri-Village at Trail

By Kyle Shaner kshaner@civitasmedia.com

April 13, 2014

NEW PARIS — Tri-Village played better than it had been playing on Friday, but some defensive miscues led to a 12-11 loss for the Patriots in a Cross County Conference baseball game at National Trail.

Tri-Village rallied late in the game and tied the score at 11-11 with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. But National Trail scored in the bottom of the seventh for the game-winning run.

“Better than what we’ve been playing,” Tri-Village coach Jim Maples said of his team’s performance. “We threw strikes tonight. We gave a lot away defensively out there all throughout the game, not just there at the end. But we showed some resilience tonight, some good comeback. We’re a young team. We’re inexperienced on the mound. Today showed some fight back and I like that.”

Tri-Village out-hit National Trail in the game with nine hits to the Blazers’ eight. But the Patriots made five errors in the contest while the Blazers made six.

Tri-Village took an early lead, scoring one run in each of the first three innings for a 3-0 lead. National Trail then took a 6-3 lead with six runs in the bottom of the third before Tri-Village regained the lead with four runs in the top of the fourth.

National Trail regained the lead at 8-7 in the bottom of the fourth, and Tri-Village took it back in the top of the fifth with two more runs for a 9-8 Patriot lead. National Trail then scored three in the bottom of the fifth to go up 11-9.

In the top half of the seventh Tri-Village tied the game at 11-11 with some hard hits by Brandon Peters and Trent Laux setting the tone for the rally. Caleb Bowman hit a hard line drive, but it was caught to end the scoring threat.

National Trail was able to regain the lead in the bottom of the seventh with a walk-off hit for a 12-11 Blazer victory.

Tyler Cook had a double and three RBI in the Tri-Village loss. Peters went 2-for-4,and Jonny Wilson was 3-for-5 with two RBI and the game-tying hit in the seventh inning.

“I did like our character today,” Maples said. “I like the way that we hit the ball today.”