Seven-run fourth key in Silliman win over Trinity

Published 11:32 am Thursday, March 29, 2007

Big Silliman innings spelled doom for Trinity Episcopal Wednesday night in a 13-9 loss.

A seven-run fourth inning — highlighted by a bases-clearing, three-RBI double by Silliman’s Jordan Walker, who then scored on a throwing error on the play — and two runs each in the sixth and seventh were enough to put the Wildcats over the hump.

The Saints (4-8), even with scoring nine runs, left nine more runners on base, but head coach Matt Mason said that couldn’t be blamed for the loss.

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“Leaving runners on base has been a problem all year, but when you score nine runs you should win a ballgame,” Mason said. “We’ve got a lack of leadership. Nobody has stepped up as a leader defensively, on the mound or at the plate. Until we find some leadership, we’re going to continue to struggle and continue to lose close games.”

The Saints led 4-2 through three innings, and starting pitcher Jordan Dossett actually had a no-hitter going heading into the fourth, but the Wildcats exploded in the inning.

The Saints were able to rally, however, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth and three in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game.

Cody Donze picked up the win at pitcher for Silliman in relief, and Matthew Freeman took the loss for Trinity.

Matt Barnes batted 2-for-5 for Trinity with a double, and Parker Brumfield was 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Austin Hand was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Silliman, and Balir Reynolds had a triple and two RBI. Adam Ealon batted 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI after coming in as a pinch hitter.

Mason reiterated that until his team finds leadership, games like this one would continue.

“We’re not capable of blowing anybody out, but not many people are capable of blowing us out either,” he said. “Every game so far we’ve had a chance to win except Central Private. We’ve just got to find some leadership.”