Trinity Christian falls short to St. Mary’s 3-0 in Hull

Carson Schubert l Writer

Byron Maassen of Trinity Christian dives back to first base safely on a pick-off attempt by St. Mary’s-Remsen Tuesday, June 26. The Tigers could not get much offense going in a 3-0 defeat. (Photo/Nathan Broek)

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HULL-Trinity Christian only notched three hits and couldn’t get on the scoreboard in a 3-0 loss to Class 1A fourth-ranked St. Mary’s-Remsen in a War Eagle Conference baseball game Tuesday, June 26, in Hull.

The Tigers’ three hits of the game came from Traiton Cleveringa, Byron Maassen and Ethan Van Bemmel, all of which were singles. The Hawks scored one run in the third and two insurance runs in the seventh inning.

“I thought our kids played pretty well. Obviously St. Mary’s is one of the top teams in the state (in Class 1A) and threw their best pitcher. We limited our strikeouts (six), we put the ball in play. They’re just a very fundamentally-sound team,” said Trinity Christian coach Mike De Jager.

Andrew De Boer was on the mound for the Tigers. He pitched seven innings, allowed nine hits, three earned runs, one walk and had two strikeouts.

“Andrew did a nice job spreading out the nine hits. Defense played well. Overall I was pleased with our pitching and defense,” said coach De Jager.

Trinity comes up one play short to West Sioux

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

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HULL-The Trinity Christian pitching staff kept it in the game against West Sioux for the second and final game in the 2018 season between the two squads Wednesday, June 27, but a wild pitch in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the difference in a 2-1 non-conference baseball defeat.

The game went scoreless through the first three innings as Traiton Cleveringa of the Tigers and Austin Wilbert of the Falcons were both pitching shutouts. But West Sioux scored the first run of the contest off a leadoff solo home run in the top of the fourth.

Trinity Christian punched right back with a single run in the bottom of the fourth off a one-run single by Logan Cleveringa that scored Jerron Van Egdom. But the Falcons got the game-winning run in the top of the sixth off a wild pith by the Tigers.

The final pitching lines for Trinity Christian was Cleveringa as the starter with three innings of work with four hits, one run that was earned, no walks and no strikeouts. Van Egdom came in as relief and threw two and one-third innings with two hits, one run that was earned, two walks and no strikeouts. Dawson Vis pitched the final inning and two-thirds with no hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

“That was exactly my intent (to throw three pitchers). We have Andrew (De Boer) as our horse and then we have four or five really good other pitchers. I just wanted to get an idea and start experimenting on what I might do for district play and try to keep teams off-guard,” said Trinity Christian coach Mike De Jager. “I do think we have different styles in our pitchers and all of them are good enough to pitch. So I just wanted to keep them fresh.”

The final offensive numbers had Traiton Cleveringa with one hit. Logan Cleveringa had two hits and one RBI. Thomas Brummel had one hit. Vis had one hit with Van Egdom getting one hit and a run.

“I felt good about our at-bats. We put the ball in play, for the most part. Obviously our strikeouts started to build up the last couple innings, but overall we did put the ball in play,” De Jager said. “We had just as many hits as they did and, to be honest with you, a bounce one way or the other way and we win 2-1. We lost on a wild pitch. It wasn’t a base hit and we also got a runner thrown out at home (in the bottom of the sixth). Right there if one play goes our way we’re on top.”

Miscues cost Trinity on Senior Night

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HULL-It was Senior Night for Trinity Christian and the Tigers had a good start against War Eagle Conference baseball foe Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union (MMC-RU) considering that fact. But errors, walks and wild pitches cost them a 10-7 defeat Friday, June 29.

The Royals scored three runs in the top of the first, but Trinity Christian came right back in the bottom half with three runs off a three -run home run by Dawson Vis.

“It was Senior Night for us, so we led off our lineup with our first three batters being our three seniors. All three of them played pretty well tonight,” said Tigers’ coach Mike De Jager. “Logan (Cleveringa) didn’t have any hits to show for it, but he hit the ball well. Byron (Maassen) led off the inning with a single and then Andrew (De Boer) followed that up with a single and Dawson followed that up with a three-run homer. That was fun to see.”

MMC-RU regained the lead with a single run in the top of the third, but the Tigers punched back with three more in the bottom of the third for a 6-4 advantage. Trinity Christian added a single run in the bottom of the fourth, before the Royals made their rally in the sixth and seventh frames. MMC-RU scored two runs in the sixth, but one of those runs was unearned as the leadoff batter reached base on a Tigers’ error. In the seventh inning, the Royals scored four runs with the benefit of two Trinity Christian errors, a four-pitch walk, an intentional walk and a wild pitch.

“Just the little things. We haven’t had the little things hurt us or we haven’t messed up on the little things all year so it was kind of frustrating for me,” De Jager said. “The pressure was high and both crowds were into it. Unfortunately, we didn’t make the plays but they are teachable moments. It was a district tournament-type game. Hopefully we can learn from it and not make those mistakes again. We need to be able to step up and make the plays.”

The final hitting totals had De Boer with three hits in three plate appearances with one hit being a double, two runs and two RBIs. Byron Maassen had two hits with one hit being a double, two runs and two RBIs. Dawson Vis had one hit, that being his three-run home run.

On the mound, Traiton Cleveringa went two innings with five hits, four runs of which three were earned, no walks, no hit batters and no strikeouts. Thomas Brummel went three and one-third innings with two hits, two runs of which none were earned, no walks, no hit batters and no strikeouts. Vis threw an inning and two-thirds with one hit, four runs of which two were earned, two walks, no hit batters and one strikeout.

Trinity prevails over Hinton in five frames

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HINTON-Trinity Christian got production from just about everyone in its batting order and it only took Trinity Christian six innings to down Hinton 10-0 in War Eagle Conference baseball Saturday, July 30.

This game was a makeup one due to rain and was played in the morning with the fear of impending rain that night. After two scoreless frames, the Tigers got on the board with two runs in the top of the third. Trinity Christian then added four runs in the top of the fifth with the big hit being a three-run home run off the bat of Dawson Vis. The Tigers scored four more runs in the top of the sixth to enforce the mercy rule.

The final offensive numbers had Vis with two hits with his home run and a double. He also had one run and four RBIs. Byron Maassen had two hits with one hit being a double, two runs and three RBIs. Logan Cleveringa had one hit, two walks and two runs. Ethan Van Bemmel had one hit, one walk and two runs. Caden Vis hit a two-run single. Ethan Heynen and Jerron Van Egdom had the final two hits.

“It was good to see and it was fun to see. We struggled the first couple innings, but we just came up with a few big hits today,” said Tigers’ coach Mike De Jager. “Our top four (batters) have been pretty good lately. It’s just if we can get anything out of the bottom and we got four or five today so that was big.”

Andrew De Boer was on the mound and he threw six innings with seven hits, no runs, four walks and six strikeouts.
“He actually struggled a little bit. He had four walks, which I think matched or doubled his season total. The big thing though was they (Hinton) got a couple on early (in the first inning). They tried stealing and (Ethan) Van Bemmel threw them out both times. After that they kind of stopped. That was kind of big for Andrew.”

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