San Antonio - Another
successful fall season ended with Team 2 winning in a three-game sweep
in the intrasquad scrimmage that has become the traditional finish to
Trinity's baseball off-season.
Game one of the Trinity World
Series was back to clean baseball that made the Tigers a top Division
III program for many yearss. Two teams playing solid defense and
getting good pitching support made the first game an enjoyable one to
watch for any baseball fan.
Led by senior catcher Zach
Fregosi, Team 2 got the win behind a very solid pitching performance
from Kevin Callibick. Callibick went six innings, giving up two
runs - both in the first inning - to secure his first Trinity W.S.
victroy. He located his fastball very well all night long, mixing
in a curve and change-up to keep Team 1 off-balance.
The game started out loudly
with both teams getting early base runners. Team 2 managed to push one
across in the top frame - taking advantage of a pair of walks and a base
hit - however, James Coon - another freshman lefty - settled down to get
out of the rough first inning.
Andrew Lawson had a well-struck hit with two strikes to score the run
for Team 2.
Team 1 answered right back in
the bottom of the first against
Callbick. After a leadoff out, Jeff Claydon and Stosh Hoover found
themselves on first and second following walks. A double steal put them
in scoring position, and Evan Jones ripped a ball back up the box to
give Team 1 a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately for Team 1, its scoring was done
four hitters into the game. After Callbick went six, Matt Gideon
pitched two solid innings and Britton Horn picked up the save for Team
2, coming in to close out the ninth after a leadoff single. Alex
Atherton had a good night at the plate, ripping a single and having a
line drive come back robbed by James Coon in the third. Fortunately for
James the ball hit his glove and not his chin.
Game 2 Friday night happened
to set the record for the fastest game in the history of the Tiger World
Series (1:49, breaking the record set in 2001 of 2:05). In a beautiful
pitcher's dual, Team 2 managed to get just one hit, a two-run homerun by
Andrew Lawson in the first, and pull off the series clinching win.
Mike Panozzo was the man of
the hour for the Tigesr on Friday night. Pitching to Fregosi, Mike
went seven full innings, allowing three hits without a walk for the
entire evening. Panozzo located his fastball about as well as a
pitcher could, hitting both sides of the plate at the knees.
Panozzo then kept Team 1 off-balance with a good breaking ball, a
changeup, and a split finger pitch. Ryan Tamez was nearly as
brilliant, allowing only the one hit to Lawson in the first. After
walking a couple in the sixth, Tamez finally gave way to the bullpen,
which also did a nice job for Team 1 in the final 2.1 innings.
Team 1 mounted a comeback in
the top of the eighth, scoring a run and loading up the bases with no
out in the frame. However Kyle Carnaroli cleaned up the mess by
striking out the next three hitters with a big bender from the left
Game 3 Sunday afternoon was
the conclusion of the Fall World Series. Team 2 swept the whole thing,
winning the final game 7-0. In what was yet another strong pitching
day, the two teams grabbed two hits in the first four innings off junior
Clint Robertson (Team 1) and senior Brian Oates (Team 2). With the
score knotted a 0-0 in the top of the fifth, the control issues of Mr.
Robertson finally caught up with him and a lead off walk came around to
score on a sac fly. The game got kind of messy from that point forward,
with Team 2 taking all the emotion and energy out of Team 1. The last
several innings were not the cleanest of baseball by Team 1, and thus
the score the way it was.
Overall, everyone was happy
with the results of the Fall World Series. A special thanks goes
out to Blake Holman, Matt Berning, Bobby Zabor, and Nick Vera for their
help as Team 2 coach and umpires for the series respectively. The 3-0
series win makes Blake Holman the winningest coach in Tiger history
(min. 3 games coached).