On the Bump: Layton Tromba
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hi Gent fans and welcome back to “On the Bump”. Following our off week, we traveled to Seguin to take on Texas Lutheran in a non-conference series. It was supposed to be a three game series, but we only ended up playing two because of the bad weather that has been for some time now. I am going to talk about the doubleheader Friday in which we split.

It was important to get out to a great start and attack the strike zone early because it was only a seven inning game and it is vital to start quick. We were able to do just that. We started out very promising as we came out of the gates swinging and executing our game plan, getting hits and moving runners whether it be via the bunt or just trying to steal bases putting up 5 runs in the first inning. Texas Lutheran responded with an unearned run in the bottom half of the first and added two more in the fourth before we were able to regain a four run lead, 7-3, before finishing off the Bulldogs.

Holden Novak started on the mound for us and threw the ball great, attacking the strike zone from start to finish. He ended up throwing a complete game for us going 7 innings allowing 5 hits, 3 runs (1 earned) with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. At the end of the day, the number one thing for a pitcher is to pound the strike zone early and often and Holden was able to do that.

From a hitting perspective, we had some key contributors and some great team at bats against a tough pitcher from Texas Lutheran. Chris Zapata continued his all-around stellar play, going 2-4 at the plate with an RBI. Aaron Quintanilla, Kody Carson, and Ian Graham all added RBI’s to jumpstart our offense early.

The bottom line is when you are facing the best pitcher from another team like we did in game one on Friday, it is important to get to him early and we were able to do that. Once a good pitcher settles in, it becomes very tough to scratch across much more, as we didn’t score again until the seventh inning. We did enough and played smooth enough to pace our way to a decisive victory.

Unfortunately, game two was much different. We got behind 5-0 after one inning of play and Texas Lutheran never looked back, basically the complete opposite scenario from game one. We swung the bats well in both games, but game two become too much to overcome.

Grant Debevec got the start for us in game two and wasn’t able to record an out. He didn’t get hit hard at all, not allowing a single hit but struggled finding the strike zone allowing 4 runs (3 earned) with 1 walk and no strikeouts. After Grant, we used five other pitchers throughout the second seven inning tilt. Pitching just isn’t easy and it was a rough day for Grant, but we are counting on him to bounce back and use his great stuff to pitch like we know he can for us.

At the plate, we swung the bats well again scoring nine runs.  Christian Sebastien and Brooks Williams both had multi-hit games with Brooks going 2-5 with an RBI and Christian going 2-4 with 2 RBI’s. Unfortunately, it was just too much of a hill for us to climb as we allowed 21 hits and had 4 errors on defense. We ended up losing game two 25-9.

We have to clean up all parts of the game as we continue to inch closer to the start of conference play.  We have to attack the strike zone and quit allowing free bases and we have to improve our defense quite a bit as well. Those are the more noticeable flaws currently. At the plate, we have swung it well like I said, but we can continue to get better at executing our game plan and producing better team at bats, whether that be getting a bunt down or getting a run in from third base with less than 2 outs.

We will continue to keep working hard, and try to turn this ship around like we know we can. We have the talent, but we have to put it all together.  We are going to have a tough, great week of practice before we finally play our first games at home this weekend, taking on Austin College in a four game series, with doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

Until next time, Go Gents!!