A four-run first inning put the Eagles ahead, but the well-established opponent battled back in a very exciting Game 1 of a Saturday afternoon double-header between the Trinity Baptist College Eagles and the Seahawks of Keiser University. Keiser won both games by scores of 10-5 and 16-2.
Lena Springer‘s two-run triple highlighted the big first inning when she laced a line drive into the right-field corner that brought home Kayla Bass (reached on fielder’s choice) and Heaven Crouse (RBI single) to make the score 3-0.
Crouse’s single put Trinity on the board when Courtney Byrd (walk) crossed the plate with the first run.
Cierra Ward finished the scoring with a base hit into right that plated Springer, and the Eagles appeared well on their way to a big afternoon.
Keiser, though, changed pitchers and put its ace on the mound. Autumn Green then kept the Eagles in check from innings 2-4. Trinity added a fifth run in the bottom of the fifth. Lauren Lewis hustled to beat out a bobbled ground ball, and an overthrow allowed her to advance to third. Crouse singled into center to drive in her teammate and make the score 6-5. Green, however, would not allow another hit for the rest of the game.
After falling behind 4-0, Keiser scored six consecutive runs, beginning with a solo home run from Janelle Dominguez. A three-run third included a two-run shot off the bat Cheyene Blumburg to tie the score. Single runs in the fourth and fifth built Keiser’s 6-4 lead.
Trinity appeared ready to end a threat in the top of the seventh, but Bermari Figueroa provided the NAIA powerhouse with insurance when she hit grand slam to left to put up the game’s final tally.
In Game 2, the Seahawks continued their offensive attack, scoring multiple runs in four of five innings. Keiser got home runs from Dominguez and Monika Garabedian. For Dominguez, it was her second home run of the day. Trinity got RBI doubles from Bass in the first and Crouse in the third, but Paige Boyle was terrific on the mound for the Seahawks: 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, o BB, and 4K.
Overall, Crouse was 4 for 6 with 3 RBI on the afternoon, and Warren had a 3-for-4 performance for the Eagles. Lewis was 4 for 7, including 3 for 3 in Game 2, and she made the best defensive play of the day with a long-range diving catch in left field that helped end a Keiser scoring threat. Following close behind was a 5-3-2 double play in Game 1’s first inning, during which Bass got the runner at first on a ground ball, and Crouse nailed a runner at the plate to retire the side.
Trinity’s next two double-headers are both on the road on March 19 and 20. On Monday, the Eagles travel to NAIA Warner University, and on Tuesday, they will face NCAA Division 2 Florida Southern College. The next home games are a three-game series with NCCAA Piedmont International University on April 6 and 7.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC
Photos: Beth Bureau, TBC