On the Bump: Layton Tromba
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello Gent fans and welcome back to “On the Bump”.  I am going to recap the three game series that we played this past weekend against Schreiner University and talk briefly about our upcoming conference series against Austin College. 

This past weekend, we took on Schreiner at home and sent Holden Novak to the mound in game one on Friday of the doubleheader.  Holden threw the ball well for us, going seven innings allowing nine hits, while walking 2 and striking out six, allowing 2 earned.  Devin Bench came in after Holden and bridged the way to Taylor Henry, who picked up the save in 1.2 innings pitched allowing no runs.

At the plate, we were a little quiet in game one only scratching 5 hits across against a good starting pitcher but were able to come up with some timely hits.  Chris Zapata got us on the board with a two out single in the bottom of the third and Khalen Simpson added a 2 RBI double to extend our lead to 3-0 at the time.  Schreiner threatened with 2 in the top of the eighth and were threating for more before T-hen came in and was huge for us, recording the final two outs of the eighth with the bases loaded to preserve a one run lead.  We held on in game one for a 3-2 victory.

Game two was a much different story for our bats as we came out swinging it, pushing across 1 in the first, 2 in the second, and 3 more in the third to take a 6-1 lead into the fifth before Schreiner struck back for 2 more to cut the lead to 6-3.  We scored two in the sixth and two in the seventh also to come out with a 10-3 victory in game two.

At the plate, the multi-hit efforts were from Graham, Zapata, Sebastien, and Simpson.  Ian and Zap drove in three runs each in part to an explosive effort from our offense.

On the mound we got exactly what we needed from starter Jake McFarland who gave up 3 runs in 5 innings pitched, giving us a chance to win a ball game.  Jake allowed seven hits, no walks and one strikeout.  Kaleb Kirk and Mike Francis came on to hurl the final 4 shutout innings for us.

Game three got moved back to Sunday afternoon and we gave the ball to T-Hen.  He came up huge for us after closing out game 1 and threw 8.1 innings with a career high 14 K’s.  He gave up 1 earned on 5 hits.  He was getting swings and misses throughout, but more importantly was getting ahead in the count with strikes and pounding the bottom half of the strike zone.  His stuff was electric and it was a great pitching performance all around.

At the plate, we scored 5 big runs in the second and tallied 3 more in the eighth in route to an 8-1 victory and a series sweep.  Michael Schimpf had 3 hits and an RBI out of the leadoff spot.  Kody Carson had a double and 2 RBI’s.  Christian Sebastien added another multi-hit game for him going 3-4 with an RBI and Brooks Williams also had 2 hits and an RBI.

This weekend was an all-around success for our ballclub.  Defensively, I believe we committed one error in 27 innings.  That is one thing that spells winning baseball.  We got great pitching and strikes from our staff all weekend, and the offense was big at times, but very clutch throughout the weekend with big hits in crucial situations.  We made pitches when we needed too also.  It was a good weekend and we are glad to have swept.

We will try and continue to stay on a roll as we battle Austin College in Sherman this weekend in a three game conference set.  We need to keep playing sound, fundamental baseball and we should find ourselves on the right side of the scoreboard much more than not!!

Until next time, Go Gents!