Trolls blanked in NCCAA tourneys
In the 1960s, when the game show “Let’s Make A Deal” was in its heyday, this would have been called “getting zonked.”
Trinity Christian College’s softball and baseball teams both advanced to the National Christian College Athletic Association Championships this year, the softball team for the first time in 22 springs.
Neither club won a game.
What was behind door No. 3 wasn’t pretty. The Trolls softball squad went 0-2 in Troutville, Va., while the baseball team suffered four straight losses in Mason, Ohio, two of them in extra innings.
There was great anticipation in Mason last Wednesday when Trinity took the field against top-seeded Oklahoma Christian (38-15) in the first game in its bracket, and that anticipation was rewarded — for a short time anyway.
The Trolls opened the scoring on J.T. Yokum’s RBI double in the second stanza and doubled their advantage on Peter Kyrgsheld’s fifth-inning single. But the Eagles rebounded to take a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning.
It was then that All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference performer Joe McCaw, Trinity’s slugger all season, came through once more. McCaw belted an RBI single off Dillon Endicott in the top of the inning to tie the game at 3-all and force extra frames.
The score remained knotted until the bottom of the 11th, when Brad Kopale’s two-out wild pitch with the bases loaded allowed Oklahoma Christian’s Zac Cobble to score the deciding run in the 4-3 final.