College Baseball: Trinity Christian just waiting to get some games in
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media March 25, 2014 10:44PM
Trinity Christian's baseball coach Justin Huisman | File photo
Updated: April 27, 2014 6:29AM
Trinity Christian coach Justin Huisman knows he’s not alone in his sentiments about the weather this year.
But just because everyone is coping with cold temperatures and wet fields doesn’t make it any easier.
The Trolls last played March 14, splitting a doubleheader with Trinity International at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. Trinity Christian has had to cancel five games since returning to Palos Heights.
“It’s frustrating as you can imagine,” said Huisman, who’s in his fourth season. “Just day to day you don’t know if you’re going to be playing. It’s tough staying focused, not being sure when we’ll be able to get outside. Our first time outdoors was our first game.”
Trinity Christian (5-8) had to postpone scheduled doubleheaders vs. Purdue Calumet and St. Xavier over the past week. The Trolls were scheduled to host Roosevelt on Wednesday but had to cancel because of cold weather and poor conditions.
While the Trolls have not been able to play in a week and a half, Huisman has liked what he’s seen out of his squad.
“It took us a bit to get going, but the guys battled,” Huisman said. “We had some close games, but the sticks have to get in rhythm. We had some decent starts, too, but our execution needs to be there. We were a little rusty, but we’ll get better. We know we can compete.”
On tap for the Trolls is a game Friday at Holy Cross (Ind.) and two home games Saturday against Holy Cross.
Lewis splits four
Aftr losing two Great Lakes Valley Conference games Saturday to host Maryville (Mo.), Lewis wasted little time turning things around. The Flyers won both games against Maryville in a Sunday doubleheader, claiming 1-0 and 6-3 victories.
“It was good to come back and get both wins after two tough losses,” Lewis coach Tim McDonough said in a statement. “Our pitchers continued to put together solid performances over the whole weekend.”
In Lewis’ 1-0 victory, Sam Couch (Joliet Catholic) threw a gem. The freshman (4-0) scattered five hits and three walks while striking out four in a seven-inning complete game.
In the nightcap, Kyle Klosak and Nick Davito (Lockport) combined to throw four shutout innings in relief of starter Brad Elmore.
Mike Barajas (.362 average, 12 runs), Ben Albano (.353 average, 3 home runs, 15 RBI), Jake Murray (.343, 8 doubles, 12 runs) and Lockport’s Austin Mastela (.341, 12 RBI) have led the Flyers (10-9) on offense.