By BLAINE WILSON
Trion Baseball had four games over the past week, two of which were region playoff games. The Bulldogs split with Bowdon 1-1, and started the playoffs 2-0. Trion hosted Mt. Bethel Christian Academy and Walker early this week taking home big wins in both games. Andy Allen shut out Mt. Bethel striking out six of the nine batters he faced in the short three inning game. Walker come to town the following day and gave the Bulldogs a run for their money. Coach Trent Stamey said, “Their pitcher had us out in front all night long. But we didn’t lose our cool and stayed in the game.”
The Bulldogs hosted Bowdon in a region matchup last Wednesday and came out on top 9-2. Logan Bicknell would go the distance for the Dogs on the mound while striking out seven of Bowdon’s hitters. Blaine Woody and Noah Edgeworth both went 2-3 from the plate and Woody led the team with three RBI’s.
Bicknell found his groove early getting the Red Devils to end the first half of the inning on a ground out after only giving up a walk. The Bulldogs come to bat in their half of the first inning and quickly had two out on them. After a Hagen Willingham single, the Devils’ pitcher walked the next two batters, bringing up Woody. He would single to left allowing Willingham and Brandon Dover to cross the plate for the early 2-0 lead. In the top of the third, Bowdon would tie the game up with two back to back hits after a walk. The Bulldogs would get the third out and decide that was enough runs given up. Colt Trammell laid down a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the fourth inning to move Edgeworth into scoring position for Andy Allen. Allen doubled the ball to left to give Trion back the lead.
The sixth inning would provide the Bulldogs with plenty of insurance runs as Bicknell hadn’t allowed but two base runners since the game was tied back in the third inning. After walking the first two batters, Bowdon’s pitcher was flustered and struggling. He balked the runners over, allowed a run to score on a wild pitch and hit the next batter. Brier Ingle drove in Trammell on a line drive to right. Dover and Edgeworth would both bat a run in each to add to the score before the end of the inning. The Bulldogs were patient through the game drawing eight walks. Willingham added two stolen bases while Edgeworth also added one.
Bowdon didn’t take too kindly to the previous game and decided to return the favor. The Bulldogs held the lead at 3-2 from the second inning until the sixth. The Red Devils then had a five-run inning to put the game away. Trion gathered five hits and two RBI’s in the game.
The Bulldogs were trying to keep last game’s momentum going early in this game as they were at the plate first. Colt Trammell was up first and got a first pitch single to center field, followed by Andy Allen getting hit by a pitch. Coach Trent Stamey had Hagen Willingham lay down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over and get them into scoring position. Bowdon’s pitcher would walk the next two batters, meaning Trammell scored. Andrew Venn would get a line drive single to left to fall and allow Logan Bicknell to cross the plate for a 2-0 early lead. Bowdon quickly answered scoring two of their own in the first before grounding into a double play to end the inning. Coach Stamey would again go to the small ball approach with a runner on and no outs to open the second inning. Trammell would reach on a sacrifice bunt and move Noah Edgeworth to third. Hagen Willingham would line out to right scoring Edgeworth and moving Trammell to third giving the Bulldogs back the lead. The rest of the game was a no scoring affair with only a handful of base runners on, until Bowdon’s half of the sixth inning where they would plate five runners.
Ingle and Venn would supply the two RBI’s for the Bulldogs, while Trammell, Edgeworth and Willingham would each add a stolen base for the Dogs offense. Blaine Woody went 5 2/3 innings and gathered three strikeouts, while only walking one. Andy Allen came in relief for the last third of the inning to add a strikeout of his own.
Short and sweet, would be two words you could use to describe the Bulldogs’ playoff victory over Mt. Bethel Christian. Trion plated 15 runs in just two innings of work, with the game being called in the third after such a lead.
Andy Allen sat the first three batters down in a row to bring the Bulldogs up to the plate. After a shaky start, the Eagles pitcher got two outs. This brought Blaine Woody to the plate who responded with a RBI single. Will Wyatt one upped Woody with a two-RBI single. Wyatt would end up rounding the bases and cross the plate on a wild pitch giving the team a 4-0 lead.
Allen would again sit down the next three batters and get his team back into the batter’s box. The rally was on from the first at bat in the second inning. Two walks and a sacrifice bunt allowed Allen to reach set up Hagen Willingham for a two-run single. Brier Ingle doubled scoring two more, making it 8-0. Noah Edgeworth would join the RBI-fest, with a two-run single of his own. The Eagles pitcher was clearly struggling as he walked the next two and then gave up a line shot to center for a Willingham three-run three-bagger. Ingle would add one more RBI plating Willingham on the next at bat making the lead 15-0.
Woody, Ingle, and Willingham all went 2-3 with nine of the team’s RBI’s. Trammell would show a good eye walking three times on three appearances.
A 1-1 count, tie ball game and a runner on was all Brandon Dover needed to seal the deal for the Bulldog’s over Walker. “We came from behind two runs to score three in the bottom of the seventh. We battled all night long.” Coach Stamey said after the game.
Noah Edgeworth would be the first to cross the plate on a steal of home. The game would remain 1-0 into the top of the fourth where Walker would score on a triple and then again on a single in consecutive at bats. Walker would plate one more in the frame before being retired.
Brier Ingle would plate Colt Trammell in the fifth inning to cut the lead to one. In the top of the sixth, Walker scored on a sacrifice fly making the game 4-2. The bottom of the seventh started with the Bulldogs down two, and Andy Allen at the plate. Knowing the team had to have at least two runs to take the game to extra innings, Allen waited for his pitch and drove a line shot to center for a triple. With the excitement flowing, the Bulldogs had the tying run at the plate. The Walker pitcher hits Willingham to put him on. Brier Ingle and Blaine Woody kept the bats going each getting an RBI single, with Woody’s tying the game. With two outs, Dover steps into the box, and reaches on an error by the third baseman which also plates the winning run Dawson Brown.
Andy Allen led the Bulldogs at the plate going 4-4 with a double and a triple. Ingle led the team with two RBI’s. Jake Helms and Brandon Dover tag teamed on the mound for a total of four strikeouts.
The Bulldogs will get back into playoff action at 5:45 p.m. today versus Whitefield Academy.