On the Bump with Layton Tromba
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hello Gent fans and welcome back to “On the Bump”.  This past weekend we took on Southwestern in Georgetown in a three game conference series.  I am going to recap these games and talk about what is at stake next weekend when we will take on Texas Lutheran in our last conference series of the regular season.

In game one, we sent Holden Novak to the mound and he did exactly what he is suppose to do which is set the tone from the first pitch of the game.  He ended up hurling 8 strong frames, allowing 8 hits, 3 runs, with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.  T-Hen came in to slam the door in the ninth as we got a 6-3 victory in game one.

The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning when we put four big runs on the board thanks to 2 RBI doubles from Kody Carson and Dakota Brown.  The Pirates mustered a single run in the fourth fifth and sixth innings but we scored in the same three innings as well to take a 6-3 lead after the sixth and that’s how it ended.

At the plate for us in game one, Dakota Brown, Ian Graham, and Michael Schimpf had two-hit games.  Kody and Dakota had 2 RBI’s each as I mentioned earlier and Chris Zapata picked up the other 2 RBI’s.

We played a really good ballgame in the first of three and were able to come up with a solid victory.  We controlled the game from the mound, which is the main key to winning championships.  We definitely set the tone!

The doubleheader was held on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start to game two of the series.  Jake McFarland took the ball and gave us a chance to win the game, going 5.2 innings allowing 7 hits, 4 runs (3 earned) with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts.  Devin Bench tossed the final 2.1 innings allowing 3 hits, 2 earned runs with 1 walk and 4 K’s.  They pounded the zone and gave us a chance but unfortunately, our bats were a little quiet in game two.

At the plate, we mustered just three hits in the game against the three arms they threw at us.  Aaron Quintanilla had 2 of the hits going 2-4, and Kody Carson had the other, depositing it over the right field wall for a solo shot.

A game two loss by the score of 6-2 setup an interesting rubber match in the three game series.  For us, we needed to win game three to put ourselves in position to win another series at home next weekend (2/3) to host the conference tournament in Shreveport at Shehee.

In game three, we sent our closer/spot starter T-Hen to the mound as he had only thrown 1 inning in the first 2 games and he dealt as he has for much of the season.  If you didn’t catch the blog video in which I interviewed him last week, you might want to check it out.  We talked about his walkout “Game Over” which applies at any point and time he enters the ballgame.

He did his job again, as the left-hander tossed a complete game, allowing just 7 hits and 1 earned run, with 1 walk and 13 K’s.  He just mowed them down from the first pitch, attacking the strike zone and getting ahead of every hitter (the KEY to pitching).  He pitched like a man and got us that W we needed to win the series.

At the plate, it was a struggle again as we trailed 1-0 all the way until the top of the seventh when Kody Carson lined a huge double in the gap to nod the game at 1-1.  That really got the momentum going in the dugout and Hen was able tog go out and have a big shutdown inning, getting us right back in the dugout and on offense. In the eighth with two runners on, Chris Zapata smashed a grounder right off of the diving 2B Colton Shea of Southwestern and into center field to give us a 2-1 lead.

That was all we got, but that was all we needed as Hen shut the door in the eight and ninth and we took a 2-1 victory in game three and 2/3 from the Pirates in the series.

By winning this series, we now are in a great spot, something we have worked very hard for all year.  This next weekend in Shreveport, the TLU Bulldogs will come in and play us in a three game series, the last regular conference series of the season before conference tournament play.  If we take 2/3 from the Bulldogs at home this upcoming weekend, we will host the conference tournament and win the regular season SCAC title.

What it’s going to take to do this is simple, the same formula as always. It will take solid pitching and defense to go along with timely hitting at the dish.  We really want to have a great week of preparation leading up to the biggest series of the year and ironically enough, the last series of the year.  Come out and support as we try to lock up that #1 seed in conference play!!

Until next time, Go Gents!!