Blessed Trinity and HoCo… the top two ranked teams in the state… played to a split yesterday evening and night at The Garden. Game One went to the Titans 5-3 but it was the Bears who got the scoring started in the first game as they plated two runs in the last of the first via a run on a wild pitch and a Kai Decker rbi single. Blessed Trinity plated a run in the second and third innings to tie the game at 2 a piece.
The Titans took the lead with two runs in the top half of the fifth to lead 4-2 and HoCo responded with a run in the last of the fifth and they had the game tied at 4 but after a controversial call was made that Kai Decker was initially out then got reversed and allowing the tying run to score… the umpires decided to scratch the play altogether and send Vick Gann (who represented the tying run) back to third and the score remained 4-3 Blessed Trinity. The Titans plated a fifth run and the Bears were unable to plate another run and Blessed Trinity took Game One 5-3 to take a 1-0 series lead.
Game Two saw the Titans be the designated home team and the pitching for both these teams would rule the roost for the first half of Game Two as the score was tied at 0 going into the last of the fourth. Blessed Trinity broke the ice by plating the first run via a bases rounding walk to lead 1-0. Hunter Chiappetta for the Bears…. would hit a game-tying rbi single in the top half of the sixth that ran in Drew Burress and HoCo would take a 2-1 lead with a bases rounding walk heading to the last of the sixth.
The Titans responded by tying the game at 2 going into the seventh inning. In the top half of the seventh… HoCo retook the lead when Andrew Dunford hit an rbi single that ran in Vick Gann and then the Blessed Trinity left fielder missed grabbing the ball and had to run further to get it and courtesy runner Hudson Sherman scored on the E7 and Andrew Dunford advanced to second as a result and the Bears led 4-2 with three outs to get in the bottom of the seventh to force a Game 3.
The Bears sent Drew Burress to the mound and he closed the door on the Titans by allowing no runs with runners on first and second base to preserve the 4-2 victory for HoCo to even the series at 1 a piece. SP Ryker Chavis surrendered five runs (one earned) on six hits, walking one, and striking out four in 6 1/3 innings of work in Game One. SP Andrew Dunford surrendered one run (earned) on four hits, walking three, and striking out six in 4 1/3rd innings of work for the Bears in Game Two.
This has set the stage for a winner-take-all Game Three slated for this afternoon at 1pm from The Garden. If you cannot make the game…. listen to the game on the Sportsmic Broadcast Network…. Powered by Hughes Honda. ***REMINDER*** Blessed Trinity will be the designated home team for Game Three.