Updated: Mar 4, 2019
After a win Thursday night over South Forsyth (Georgia) and a rainout Friday, the Trinity Christian Academy Conquerors had to win three consecutive games on Saturday to secure the title at the 2019 LaGrange Classic in LaGrange, Georgia. Fatigue, though, proved no factor, and the Conquerors -- with mission accomplished -- won all three and brought home the trophy. Saturday's final scores were 6-4 over LaGrange, (Georgia) 10-1 over Niceville (Florida), and 7-3 over Brookwood (Wisconsin).
Title Game: Trinity 7, Brookwood 3
Matt Crump and Kishon Frett both homered in the title game with Brookwood. Crump's two-run shot (1) over the center-field fence in the top of the fifth made the score 6-2, and Frett's solo blast (2) in the seventh was the game's final run. Frett drove in Crump and Tyson Tucker with a two-run single in the third that gave the Conquerors the lead for good. Bryan Muniz and Dawson Fietsam also drive in runs for Trinity as the offense totaled 11 hits and drew eight walks.
Bryce Janney (W: 1-0, 0.95 ERA) put up the following line in the starting role: 5.1 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 5H, 1 BB, 3 K. Reliever C.J. Crawford then finished the job with 1.2 scoreless innings.
Game 1: Trinity 6, LaGrange 4
The Conquerors held off a late LaGrange rally and tacked on an insurance run afterward to maintain the win in Saturday's first game.
Kanyan James (W: 2-0, 1.38) allowed three runs -- none earned -- in 5+ innings pitched. He walked two and struck out two in earning his second consecutive win.
Trailing 5-0 when the top of the sixth began, LaGrange took advantage of three errors, two hit batsmen, and a walk to put four unearned runs on the board on one hit (double). Trinity added and insurance run in the bottom half when Tucker and Fietsam pulled off a double steal; Tucker stole home, and Fietsam took second to make the score 6-4.
Fietsam was also 4 for 4 at the plate.
Crump (S: 1) then came on in relief with a runner at first and nobody out in the seventh and got two strikeouts and a ground ball sandwiched in between to close it out.
Conner Aldrich, who had 4 RBI Thursday night, drove in two, and Trinity got some help from a few LaGrange miscues to build a 5-0 lead. Aldrich finished the tournament with a total line of 6 for 13 (.462), 2 R, 6 RBI, 1 BB, and 1 K in four games.
Game 2: Trinity 10, Niceville 1
Dylan Simmons drove in three runs on two hits (double, single) in his first two at bats, and Crawford had a two-run single and scored a run as Trinity defeated Niceville. Sebastian Moore, Jared Donald, and Muniz also drove in runs as the Conquerors collected 10 more hits and drew four walks. Aldrich and Frett combined for a 4-for-5 performance at the plate, and Aldrich scored twice.
Justin Parrish (W: 1-1, 0.00) allowed only one hit in six scoreless innings while fanning six in earning the win.
Aldrich's performance earned him the honor of making the All-Tournament team at second base. Parrish received the same honor for his performance on the mound. They are joined by teammates Frett, Fietsam, and Simmons.
Frett (3B) put up a total line that reads 5 for 10 (.500), HR, 2 R, 5 RBI.
Fietsam (OF) had a final line of 6 for 14 (.429), 3 R, 2 RBI
Special congratulations go to Dylan Simmons on his earning the LaGrange Tournament Most Valuable Player award. Simmons batted 5 for 10 (.500) with 3 R, 3 RBI, and 3 SB overall in addition to his line of 4.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, and 8 K in Thursday night's win over South Forsyth.
The Conquerors have two more road games before they play their home opener. First, Trinity will visit St. Johns County's Allen D. Nease at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, and then travel southward to Trinity Catholic School in Ocala for a 7:00 p.m. start time on Friday, March 8.
The first home game will occur on Tuesday, March 12, versus Baldwin in the first of six consecutive games played on the home field between March 12 and 26.