Defensive miscues allow Falcons to rally over Tigers

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

Ashley Van Egdom tosses in a pitch as the starting pitcher in game one of the Westwood tournament in Sloan, Iowa, Saturday, June 23. (Photo/submitted)

Trinity Christian 0-1-0-X-X-X-X   1

West Sioux            1-8-4-X-X-X-X   13

HAWARDEN-Trinity Christian had one and one-half innings of good softball with Class 2A 10th-ranked West Sioux, but a couple errors in the bottom of the second cost the Tigers a 13-1 War Eagle Conference game Monday, June 18.

The Falcons scored one run in the bottom of the first. Trinity Christian answered back with a run in the top of the second, but a couple errors in the bottom half of the frame allowed West Sioux to rally for eight runs.

“It was a blooper, but it was a ball I believe we could have caught. So I told the girls after the inning that if we make that play we are out of the inning and it’s a 1-1 game still,” said Tigers’ coach Kassandra Heynen. “Also, we tried to throw that girl out stealing and our shortstop missed the ball. Otherwise, that girl would have been out as well.

“So we had an error on that play and it just kind of snowballed after that,” coach Heynen continued. “We had our chances and we didn’t execute where we needed. As a result, they scored a lot of runs.”

West Sioux tacked on four more in the bottom of the third to enforce the mercy rule. The final line in the pitcher’s circle for Koralee Heynen was two and two-thirds innings with nine hits, 13 runs of which nine where earned, seven walks and no strikeouts.

“We weren’t getting any calls on the corner of the strike zone. I thought Koralee did a fantastic job, but we’re not going to pitch them right down the middle because they are going to hit them. We need to make the plays when we get the opportunities. We didn’t execute as well as we would have liked in order to keep ourselves in the ball game,” coach Heynen said.

On offense, Shayna De Roon hit a double and scored once. Sydney Brummel had one hit. Jayden Hoksbergen had a hit and one RBI.

Trinity comes up short in

high-offensive game

St. Mary’s-Remsen 0-3-0-4-1-5-3  16

Trinity Christian      2-5-0-0-3-1-0  11

HULL-Neither offense was going to be denied in a War Eagle Conference softball game between Trinity Christian and St. Mary’s-Remsen Friday, June 22, but it was the Eagles that had the final runs that counted in a 16-11 defeat for the Tigers.

This game was a makeup from Thursday, June 21, due to rain. Trinity Christian took the early lead with two runs in the bottom of the first, but St Mary’s came back with three in the top of the second with one hit being a leadoff solo home run. The Tigers, however, had a quick response with five runs in the bottom half for a 7-3 advantage.

Following a scoreless third stanza, the Eagles went back to work again with four runs in the top of the fourth with the key hit being a three-run home run to tie the game at 7. St. Mary’s added a single run in the top of the fifth, but Trinity Christian reclaimed the advantage with three in the bottom of the fifth for a 10-8 score. The Eagles punched back with five runs in the top of the sixth for a 13-10 score. Trinity Christian scored one run in the bottom half, before St Mary’s put the game away with three runs in the top of the seventh.

The final offensive numbers for the Tigers had Caitlin Van Engen with two hits, three runs and a walk. Koralee Heynen had two hits and three runs. Ashley Van Egdom had one hit which was a double, two RBIs and a walk. Shayna De Roon had one hit and two RBIs. Abbie Kuiper had two hits and two RBIs. Alyssa Maassen had two hits.

“We were very patient at the plate; they swung at good pitches, they put the ball in play and we only had two strikeouts all night. That just shows how patient we were and how disciplined we were at swinging at strikes,” said Tigers’ assistant coach Dave Van Egdom.

Heynen was in the pitcher’s circle and threw all seven innings with 13 hits, 16 runs of which eight were earned, five walks, one hit batter and 14 strikeouts. In the end; for an offensive output like this; coach Van Egdom said Trinity Christian simply ran out of time.

“It was a see-saw game all night long. We were tied quite a few times throughout the course of the evening. If we could have played a couple more innings we may have come out on top, but we just ran out of outs; I guess,” Van Egdom said.

Tigers win one and lose one in Sloan

Game 1

Trinity Christian  3-0-5-0-2-3-X  13

Whiting                    2-5-0-0-0-1-X  8

Game 2

Westwood              3-3-1-1-3-X-X  11

Trinity Christian  0-0-0-0-1-X-X  1

SLOAN-Trinity Christian got all it could ask for out of its offense in game one of the Westwood softball tournament in Sloan Saturday, June 23, but struggled in the final game to finish off the tournament with one win and one loss.

The first game was against Whiting and the Tigers came away with a 13-8 victory. Trinity Christian won the coin toss and elected to be the away team instead of being the home team with the possibility of getting the last at-bat.

“We were the away team by choice. With a younger pitcher with little experience (Ashley Van Egdom) I was hoping we could get a few runs on the board and give her some confidence early,” said assistant coach Dave Van Egdom.

Coach Van Egdom’s wish came true as Trinity Christian rallied for three runs in the top of the first. Whiting came back with two in the bottom of the first and scored five in the bottom of the second. But the Tigers responded quickly with five runs of their own in the top of the third. Whiting was then held scoreless in the bottom of the third and the bottom of the fourth, allowing Trinity Christian to pull away with two runs in the top of the fifth and three in the top of the sixth. Whiting scored one in the bottom of the sixth to account for the 13-8 final.

The final offensive numbers for the Tigers in game one had Shayna De Roon with four hits in four plate appearances with one hit being a double and one RBI. Abbie Kuiper had three hits. Alyssa Maassen had two hits with one hit being a triple and one RBI. Elizabeth Poppema had two hits and was hit by a pitch. Alyssa Uittenbogaard had two hits, one walk and one RBI. Jayden Hoksbergen did not have a hit, but drove in four runs. Caitlin Van Engen also did not have a hit, but also drove in two runs.

Ashley Van Egdom pitched six innings with nine hits, eight runs of which only two were earned, four walks and four strikeouts.

“That was her first start of the year. She’s thrown a few innings along the way, but because we knew Saturday was going to be a big day we decided to go with her,” coach Van Egdom said. “She struggled at first, but after the third, fourth and fifth where we got three-up and three-down she really settled in and threw strikes. They did hit the ball a few times, but nothing big.”

Game two was a tough one for the Tigers as they fell to the tournament hosts Westwood 11-1. Westwood got three runs on the board in the top of the first, all with no outs.

“They had three runs on the board before we even had an out and before we could even blink really,” coach Van Egdom noted.

Things did not get any easier as Westwood tallied three more in the top of the second, one in the top of the third and three in the top of the fifth to enforce the mercy rule. Trinity Christian did score one run in the bottom of the fifth as Dana De Boer, an eighth-grader, got on base with a leadoff single and came home on a bunt and a fielder’s choice.

“That last inning was kind of interesting as we sent in all of our eighth-graders. We thought about the ‘what if this or this happened?’ then we’d be able to put them in. We were able to do that and they manufactured a run the rest of the varsity couldn’t do the first four innings. So kind of a feather in their hat,” coach Van Egdom said.

The final offensive numbers had Uittenbogaard with one hit, Ashley Van Egdom had one hit and De Boer with one hit and the run. Koralee Heynen was in the pitcher’s circle and went all five innings with 12 hits, 11 runs of which five were earned, three walks and four strikeouts.

“They (Westwood) put the bat on the ball really well. Koralee only had four strikeouts and we had a couple errors there too,” Van Egdom noted. “Overall, we put the bat on the ball well the first game but after having a little time off I don’t know if that hindered us or what. But Westwood is a good team. They hit the ball well, they put us under pressure and that right away hinders things.

“That 11-run game was tough,” coach Van Egdom continued. “The girls are capable of playing better, but some times they forget that they are even playing.”

But with one more week remaining before the regional softball tournaments the Tigers still have time to fine-tune their play.

“Defensively, we’ve been working on pickles. We had two of them in the Whiting game and we didn’t get an out. We were pretty disappointed in that. That will be back on our list for next week,” coach Van Egdom said.

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