Trolls softball most improved in league
The goal all along for Trinity Christian College’s softball team was simple: finish in the top six and make the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
Achieving it, however, wasn’t easy. The Trolls didn’t assure themselves of a playoff berth until the final game of the conference schedule, when they hung on for a 4-3 victory over the University of St. Francis to lock up fifth place with an 11-9 league record.
The tourney begins today, with Trinity (23-23 overall) expected to face St. Xavier University (42-5-1) in the opener on the Cougars’ field. The championship game is Saturday, with the winner advancing to the NAIA Tournament.
Just getting to the postseason is a big plus for the Trolls, who had won no more than 12 games in any of the past four seasons, which included last year’s 12-32 mark. Nearly doubling that total this year, and coming up only one short of it in conference play alone, marks Trinity as the most improved team in the conference and may earn coach Missy Bolhuis postseason plaudits.
The road to the conference tournament reached the finish line last Thursday at the Route 83 Complex. The Trolls led 4-1, half of the offense coming from Bailan Reynolds’ two-RBI double in the bottom of the third, before USF mounted a two-out rally in the top of the seventh.
Kiley Southall singled and scored when older sister Lexi doubled her home. Then Natalie Ward singled to bring in Lexi Southall, closing the gap to 4-3. The threat to Trinity’s success and its postseason berth ended when the Fighting Saints’ Tori Johnson made the final out.