On the Bump: Layton Tromba
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hello Gent fans and welcome back to “On the Bump”. Today, I am going to talk about our series this past weekend against Trinity and preview this weekend’s upcoming home series against Schreiner.

We traveled to San Antonio on Thursday and opened up with game one on Friday night. There wasn’t any scoring until the bottom of the third inning when Trinity struck for three runs. We were able to respond in the top of the sixth when Aaron Quintanilla sent a bomb over the left field fence to bring us within one, 3-2. Unfortunately, Trinity was able to strike for a run in the seventh and six more in the eighth. We were able to score two in the ninth but it was much too late, as Trinity beat us in game one 10-4.

Holden Novak started on the mound and competed for us, keeping us in the game with a chance to win, as we were close much of the game. He gave up nine hits and three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched, with three walks and five strikeouts. Taylor Henry, Devin Bench, Dustin Dalton and Grant Debevec all pitched as well in game one.

At the plate, we scattered twelve hits but just weren’t able to generate a ton of runs. Cole Lavergne and Michael Schimpf each had multi-hit games and Aaron Quintanilla left the yard as I talked about earlier. Game one was a bit of a struggle but the final score wasn’t indicative of the type of ballgame it was. It was tight for much of the game until they were able to tack six insurance runs across in the bottom of the eighth.

Saturday’s doubleheader was big for us and we knew that. Being the first conference series, we really wanted to try and come out and leave it all on the field. In game one, we kind of got behind the eight ball allowing at least one run in five of the first six innings and Trinity never looked back.

Jake McFarland started game two of the series for us and threw 1 1/3 innings allowing six hits and three earned runs with one walk and one strikeout. After Jake exited, T-Hen came in and threw four innings for us allowing six hits, five runs (four earned) allowing one walk with six strikeouts. Trey Guccione tossed the final 2 2/3 for us, not allowing a run.

At the plate in game two of the series, Chris Zapata was 3-4 with an RBI and Michael Schimpf and Brooks Williams also tallied multi-hit games for us going 2-5 at the dish. I thought we had a good approach making their starting pitcher work hard for outs throughout, but like I said earlier, it became an uphill climb after we scored one in the first on Zap’s double and they responded with one in the first, two in the second, and another run in the third.

Game two of the series wasn’t at all what we wanted, but I liked the fight we had. We never got down on ourselves, but tried to battle back. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough as we fell 8-3 in game two of the series.

As Coach D talks about often, game three of the series is vital; it is our Sunday. We really needed to come across with one victory to avoid being swept in the conference opening series. We did a great job of forgetting about game two and came out swinging the bats, scoring two in the first on a single by Kody Carson and a groundout by Ian Graham, barely beating the throw to first for the double play.

I started on the mound for us in game three and went two innings allowing one hit and no runs. It felt great to be back out there, as I have been unable to pitch for a few weeks because of an injury. After I threw my two innings, Paul Arcement came in and threw two innings as well, allowing two runs both earned with two walks and no strikeouts. The score remained 2-0 until Trinity struck for five in the fifth.

This was a turning point in the game, but we showed a ton of heart. That five run fifth for Trinity was pretty demoralizing but we put our foot back on the pedal, grinding out at bats and scoring two in both the seventh and eighth inning. Chris Zapata with a full count in the top of the eighth and two outs was able to take a perfect pitch and deposit it into left as part of his second straight three hit game to nod up the score at 5-5. Michael Schimpf came up and hit a grounder to the left side and their third baseman made an error, allowing us to score the go ahead run.

After Paul left in the fifth, Devin Bench and Trey Guccione came in to pitch before Matt Posey was summoned from the pen with two outs in the fifth to try and stop Trinity’s run. Posey threw the ball great for us and really competed, tossing 3 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, with one walk and one strikeout.

After we regained the lead 6-5, Taylor Henry came in with two outs in the eight to face a lefty with the tying run on third and was able to induce a flyout. In the bottom half of the ninth they got a leadoff walk before ripping a ball on the ground up the middle that looked for sure as if it was going to be a base hit, but Ian Graham made one of the sickest plays I have seen in awhile, diving all out to his left side, snagging and flipping the ball tom Q at second all at one time, before Q finished off the double play. T-Hen struck out the final batter and we were able to get game three 6-5.

I loved the fight we showed in game three. Everyone battled so hard to keep us close, and people came up so clutch all around.  One of my favorite things about this year’s team is the ability to forget about negative things, flush it completely, and move on. Khalen Simpson struggled a bit for us at the plate this weekend, but he was huge for us in the field. He made a diving catch and unloading a missile from center field to home barely in time to throw out the runner tagging from third. Ian Graham had a miscue in the field early in game three but forgot about it and made the biggest play of the weekend for us.

The compete we showed in game three was stellar. I think that win can be huge for us because we were finally able to rally together and win 7-8-9 like Coach D talks about all the time. We will look forward to a great week of practice before trying to build on that this weekend against Schreiner in a three game home series. 

Until next time, Go Gents!!