On the bump with Cole Thompson
Hello Gents’ fans and welcome back to “On the Bump”. I apologize for the blog being a little late; it has been a long week academically and I had to take care of that first. As most of y’all know, we played a very tough series against the University of Dallas this past week, and it will not get any easier for us at the #6 nationally ranked Trinity Tigers roll into Shreveport this upcoming weekend.
In the week leading up to our series against Dallas our practices were very hit or miss. We had a crisp practice on Tuesday, but Wednesday’s scrimmage was long, cold, and far from our best. Our pitchers and defense did okay, but our hitters were a little off with their timing and approach. Fortunately, it was just a scrimmage so it allowed our coaches to work with the hitters and correct our mistakes. Thursday and Friday were much smoother and it gave our team some confidence heading into the weekend.
Game two on Saturday ultimately ended in our favor, as we squeaked out a 4-3 win in extra innings over the Crusaders. It was another long, dramatic affair, but this time we prevailed. Ryan Gasporra jumpstarted our offense when he hit his first homerun of the year in the bottom of the first inning. On the mound, freshman Paul Arcement provided us with a solid start as he went five innings while allowing one run and striking out four batters. Sophomore Taylor Henry was “lights out” in relief, as he worked the final five innings of the game, allowing one run while striking out seven. We entered the eighth inning trailing 3-2, but Craig Littleman quickly changed that with an RBI double that scored Nic Parrott. In the bottom of the tenth, Louis Gonzalez hit a slow roller to shortstop, and an ensuing throwing error allowed Christian Sebastien to score the winning run. It was truly a team win – our pitching was solid, our defense played well, and our offense delivered when we needed them to come through. Did we play up to our potential? No. But it is nice to see that we can find a way to win a ballgame when we do not have our “A-game”. We did have 12 hits, led by Kiefer Moore (3), Ryan Gasporra (2), and Craig LIttleman (2). I think there were a few times we could have broken the game open, but I am still proud of our team for fighting until the very end. It was a long, cold day at the ballpark so it was big to win game two of the series.
Now our attention turns to the Trinity Tigers. As I said earlier, they are nationally ranked #6 so I don’t really need to hype up this series at all. They are a quality team that has proved they play a consistently high level of baseball. They have a few All-Americans and solid players, so there is no secret that it will be our toughest test to date. I am excited for our guys to go out there and compete against another quality team. While everyone qualifies for the SCAC post-season tournament, our five games against Trinity will go a long way in determining seeding for the tournament.
Monday, March 11, 2013Gents close out homestand against LeTourneau
Monday, March 11, 2013On the bump with Cole Thompson
Monday, March 11, 2013Henry named SCAC Pitcher of the Week
Monday, March 11, 2013Centenary Athletics assists with Special Olympics
Sunday, March 10, 2013Gents take series from No.6 Trinity
Saturday, March 9, 2013Gents force split with 11-1 win
Friday, March 8, 2013Gents prepare for SCAC clash with Trinity
Tuesday, March 5, 2013On the bump with Cole Thompson