Uittenbogaard’s bat keys a 13-4 victory over Unity Christian

Carson Schubert l Writer

Trinity Christian second baseman Sydney Brummel attempts to apply a tag to a Unity Christian runner trying to steal second base during War Eagle Conference softball Tuesday, June 26. The Tigers held the Knights to four runs in a 13-4 victory. (Photo/Nathan Broek)

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ORANGE CITY-Alyssa Uittenbogaard delivered five hits and scored five runs as Trinity Christian crushed Unity Christian 13-4 in a War Eagle Conference softball game Tuesday, June 26, in Orange City.

One of Uittenbogaard’s hits was a double. She also had three RBIs and two stolen bases.

“It was a really good night. I like the way we started the game and I felt like that set the tone for the rest of the night. I liked how we kept pushing through the game,” said Trinity Christian coach Kassandra Heynen.

The Tigers scored six runs in the seventh inning to cap off their victory. Shayna De Roon scored the first run in the inning on an error. Elizabeth Poppema and Sydney Brummel scored on a two-run single by Uittenbogaard. Caitlin Van Engen drove in two runs on a double, Alyssa Maassen and Uittenbogaard scored on the play. Van Engen scored on a wild pitch.

“We had good at-bats. Their pitcher was struggling a little bit at the end and getting a little tired. I thought our girls did a nice job at the plate capitalizing on the pitches that came to them and we ran the bases well,” coach Heynen said.

Overall on offense, Van Engen had two hits, including a double, two runs scored, two RBIs and drew a walk. Koralee Heynen had an RBI. De Roon drew a walk and scored a run. Brummel had a hit and a run scored. Poppema had a run scored and an RBI. Maassen had one hit, scored three runs and drew a walk.

Heynen was in the pitcher’s circle. She went all seven innings, allowed five hits, four runs of which two were earned, six walks and had 11 strikeouts.

Tigers fail to slow Royals’ bats in the fourth

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

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HULL-Trinity Christian was playing good softball for the first three innings in a War Eagle Conference matchup with Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen Union (MMC-RU) Friday, June 29, but the Royals started hitting the ball recklessly in the top of the fourth and the Tigers had no answer in a 19-7 five-inning defeat.

MMC-RU scored one run in the top of the first, but Trinity Christian came back in the bottom half with two runs of its own and added two more run in the bottom of the second. The Royals countered with two runs in the top of the third, but Trinity Christian got both runs back in the bottom of the third and held a 6-4 lead.

But then the top of the fourth came around and MMC-RU tallied 14 runs with the big blow being a grand slam home run.

“In the fourth inning they just started hitting the ball and three of Koralee (Heynen)’s walks came in there as well. But the main thing was they were scoring runs before we could get any outs,” said Tigers’ coach Kassandra Heynen. “They batted all the way through the lineup and still didn’t have an out.”

The final line for Koralee Heynen in the pitcher’s circle was three innings of work with 13 hits, 12 runs that were all earned, three walks and four strikeouts. Alyssa Maassen threw one inning in relief with one hit, five runs that were all earned, three walks and no strikeouts. Ashley Van Egdom threw one inning with two hits, two runs with one of the runs being earned, no walks and no strikeouts.

On offense, Caitlin Van Egnen had two hits with one hit being a double, two runs and two RBIs. Sydney Brummel had two hits and one run. Alyssa Uittenbogaard scored twice.

“It really was a tough defeat. It was exasperating in the fact that we were wondering what we could have done differently,” coach Heynen said. “Koralee’s been pitching for us all year, but they just hit her in that one inning and we just couldn’t get any outs. So what do you do? But I did feel the girls had a positive attitude.”

Trinity competes but falls to Hinton

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HINTON-Trinity Christian went back and forth with War Eagle Conference foe Hinton in softball Saturday, June 30, but the Blackhawks got a hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to hand the Tigers an 8-7 walk-off defeat.

Trinity Christian scored the first two runs of the game with Shayna De Roon scoring on a Hinton error and Sydney Brummel driving in the final run of the frame on a single. The Tigers added a run in the top of the second and another in the top of the fourth to hold a 4-0 advantage. The Blackhawks then began their comeback with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and then added four in the bottom of the seventh to take a 6-4 lead.

“At that time I just felt they (Hinton) were just starting to hit Koralee and it was the third time through the lineup, so I thought we should make a change there because we didn’t want it to get out of hand like it did last night (a 19-7 loss to Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen Union Friday, June 29),” said Trinity Christian coach Kassandra Heynen. “But they just put the bat on the ball.”

Both teams scored single runs in the sixth stanza, but then the Tigers tied the game at 7 with two runs in the seventh.

After getting two outs, the Blackhawks got the game-winning run with a one-run single with the bases loaded.

The final hitting numbers had Jayden Hoksbergen with two hits and one RBI. Alyssa Maassen had two hits with one hit being a double. Koralee Heynen walked once and scored on an error. Ashley Van Egdom hit a double. Brummel hit a single and had one RBI. In the pitcher’s circle, Heynen went four and one-third innings with five hits, five runs that were all earned, four walks, three hit batters and one strikeout. Ashley Van Egdom tossed the final two and two-third innings with six hits, three runs of which one was earned, two walks, one strikeout and no hit batters.

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