Kishon Frett singled home the game-tying run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but a four-run rally from the opposition gave Lakeland's George Jenkins Eagles a nine-inning 5-1 victory over the Conquerors in Tuesday's matinee at Trinity.
With his team trailing 1-0 and down to its final out, Frett lined a 1-2 fastball down the third base line for a base hit that scored Bryan Muniz with the tying run. Muniz reached on an error to open the inning and gave the Conquerors the opportunity score. He advanced to second on Conner Aldrich's sacrifice bunt and then to third on Dylan Simmons's fly ball to right-center. Eagles pitcher Michael Ross, however, got out of the inning by getting the next batter and leaving the potential winning run at third to send the game to extra innings.
Both pitchers threw perfect eighth innings, and Trinity's Matt Crump struck out the side in the top half. The Conquerors made solid contact in the bottom of the eighth but two well-struck balls went right at Eagles defenders.
George Jenkins then rallied for four runs in the ninth with the big blow coming from Jared Murphy, who lined a bases-loaded double to right center to drive in three. The two-out hit followed Taylor Buffington's RBI singe earlier in the inning. Ross (W) then pitched a scoreless bottom half to finish off the complete-game victory. Jacob Herbert singled in the game's first run in the top of the first.
Bryce Janney (ND, 1.29 ERA) started for the Conquerors and pitched seven very strong innings of one-run ball, in which he allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Crump took the loss in relief.
Next up for the Conquerors is a battle for first place in Class 4 A-District 2 when Trinity travels to Providence at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29. The Conquerors will then travel to the Bishop Gorman Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 1-5. The next home game is scheduled for Thursday, April 11, when Trinity plays district opponent Bishop Snyder at 7:00 p.m.