Baseball team ranked No. 12 in national standings


The Trinity baseball team had a busy spring break, playing seven games over the seven-day break.

The Tigers played three games against Schreiner University, one game against Our Lady of the Lake University and finished with a three-game series against Centenary College.

The first weekend of spring break sent the team to Kerrville, Texas for the three-game set against Schreiner University.

The team won the first two games on Saturday 4-1 and 5-3. Junior Colin Serkowski lead the Tigers in the first game, going 3-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

“While we have been winning games, we have not been playing at our max potential. We have room to improve on all facets of our game,” Serkowski said. “One of the main things we have been struggling with is hitting with runners in scoring position. We’ve been leaving too many runners on base.”

Trent Rape pitched a complete game in the first win on Saturday, allowing just three hits. The second game had Schreiner take an early yield before Trinity tied the game 2-2 in the top of the fourth. Trinity took the lead in the eighth inning and went on to win.

The series concluded on Sunday with four Trinity pitchers, Ryan Gray, Chris Tate, Troy Nelson and Taylor Hoesen, combining for a no-hitter. The team won the game 10-2; Pepe Santos supplied all the runs the team would need with a three-run home run in the third inning.

Tuesday’s game was a different story with the team losing the game to Our Lady of the Lake 7-4. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak and was Trinity’s first home loss of the season.

Junior Teddy Turner took the loss for the Tigers, going three innings and giving up one earned run. The Tigers were sloppy defensively, committing four errors in the game.

“I think the pitching staff is doing well. We always have to work to get better or maintain the level success we have had. There are always improvements to be made, but as a whole we are doing well,” Turner said.

Trinity wrapped up the week with a three-game set against Centenary College at home. Zach Speer threw eight innings, allowing two runs and eight hits, while striking out six batters. The offense supplied more than enough support for Speer, putting up 10 runs in the game.

Senior Beau Attyah bashed a solo home run in the seventh inning, and Jeremy Wolf was on base all afternoon, going two for two with three walks. Trinity played the final two games on Saturday, splitting the double header with Centenary. The Tigers won the first game, before falling in the weekend finale.

Centenary took an early lead before Trinity put up five runs in the fifth inning. Mike Walker recorded the win in the first game. Pitching coach Dave Smith is confident about the pitching staff moving forward.

“The staff has a chance to be very special””potentially the best staff we’ve ever had.  But too many guys are inconsistent mentally for us to reach the level of dominance that I think we all expect we can reach,” Smith said. “Time still remains to turn that around, so I’m hoping three or four more guys can pitch up to their potential going forward.”

The game two loss was given to Nick Griffith who came on as relief in the seventh inning and allowed two runs on two hits.

The offense recorded nine hits, but couldn’t muster enough runs to come back.

The Tigers overall record now stands at 14-4. The team travels to Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas for a weekend series.