By Don Chipman
Triopia is off and running with a splendid 4-0 start. They knocked off Carrollton 11-5 in the season opener, defeated Greenfield/Northwestern 11-6, slipped past Beardstown 5-2, and escaped North Greene 4-3.
Triopia vs. Carrollton
The Trojans successfully opened the 2014 season with an 11-5 whipping of the Carrollton Hawks. Delivan Cox started and went the first three innings, leaving with a 5-4 lead to pick up the win, with Dirk Winkleman going three innings, allowing one run, and Nate Shanks hurled a scoreless seventh.
Triopia out-hit the Hawks 12-8, led by Dirk Winkelman who went 3-for-5 with three RBI’s, Griffin Greene was 3-for-5 with two runs batted in, Will Alexander was 3-for-4 with two RBI’s, and Wyatt Logsdon also went 3-for-5 with two ribbies.
Carrollton led 4-2 after three, but the Trojans scored three in the fourth, to take a 5-4 lead, added two in the fifth, and finished it off with four runs in the top of the seventh for the 11-5 win.
Triopia 200 320 4—11 12 5
Carrollton 202 010 X— 5 8 4
Multiple Hits-Winkelman 3-5, Logsdon 3-5, Greene 3-5, Alexander 3-4
2B-Winkleman,Griffin, Logsdon (T)
RBI-Winkelman 3, Logsdon 3, Alexander 2, Greene 2 (T)
Record: Carrollton 0-1; Triopia 1-0.
Triopia vs. Greenfield/NW
In their second outing of the season the Big Blue scored an 11-6 win over Greenfield/Northwestern. Isaac Werries hurled three scoreless innings striking out five and walking none to get the win, with Stephen Gogswell starting and allowing six runs over four innings.
Northwestern took a 3-1 lead after one inning, with the Trojans scoring three in the third to lead 4-3. The Big Blue stretched the lead to 6-3 on in the top of the fifth, only to see the Tigers tie the game with a three-run rally in the bottom of the same inning.
Triopia was out-hit in the contest 8-4, but the Tigers committed six errors, and their pitchers issued seven walks that made the difference in the outcome.
The Trojans put the game on ice with a five-run outburst in the sixth for the 11-6 final. Griffin Greene carried the big stick with a 2-for-4 effort with two RBI’s on a two-run double. Dirk Winkelman went 2-for-5 to gather the other two hits by the Big Blue.
Triopia 103 025 0—11 4 2
N’western 300 030 X— 6 8 6
WP-I. Werries (T)
Multi Hits-Greene 2, Winkelman 2 (T)
RBI-Greene 2, D. Cox, Adam Hageman (T)
Runs Scored-Winkleman 2, Greene 2, Hageman 2, D. Cox, N. Shanks, J. Gregory, S. Hopkin, L. Job (T)
Record; Triopia 2-0.
Triopia vs. Beardstown
Griffin Greene’s two-run double in the bottom of the fifth put the Trojans on top 3-2 and they never looked back in a 5-2 win over the BHS Tigers last Thursday at home.
Dirk Winkelman went the distance for Triopia, allowing the O&B just five hits, while striking out 12, walking four and did not give up an earned run. Alex Schultz took the loss for the Tigers giving up two hits, two runs, both earned, struck out four and walked two.
The Trojans out-hit the Tigers 6-5, with Kramer and Vermillion blasting out extra base blows, while Greene had a double for the winners. Triopia was aggressive on the base paths with three stolen bases, while D’ante McWilliams had one theft for the locals.
Jon Kramer started for the O&B, worked three strong innings, giving up one run on two hits, walked none and struck out seven in the outing, leaving with the Tigers on top 2-1.
The Big Blue took a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning, but the O&B bounced back with two runs in the top of the third for a 3-2 lead. Rick Dour singled and was chased home by Kramer’s double, who then scored on Gus Vermillion’s three bagger.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Triopia’s Greene’s smacked a two-run double off of Schultz that put the Trojans on top to stay. The hosts were able to add some insurance by scoring two runs in the sixth. Wyatt Logdon and Isaac Werries had RBI’s for the winners.
Beardstown 002 000 0—2 5-2
Triopia 010 022 X—5 6 2
WP-D. Winkelman 1-0: LP-A. Schultz 0-1
2B-J. Kramer (B); G. Greene (T)
3B-G. Vermillion (B)
RBI—Kramer, Vermillion (B); Greene 2, Logsdon, Werries (T)
SB-Williams (B); Holt, Gregory, Job (T)
Record: Triopia 3-0; BHS 0-1
Triopia vs. N. Greene
The Triopia Trojans improved to 2-1 overall for when they were able to hang on against the Spartans in a close 4-3 decision. Stephen Gogswell picked up the win in relief of starter Delivan Cox who worked the first 4.1 innings.
Gogswell in his 2.2 inning of relief struck out four and did not walk a batter, allowing six hits to be the winning pitcher.
Again timely hitting prevailed for the Trojans as they were out-hit 11-5, but aggressive base running by the Trojans paid off with four stolen bases, and patience at the plate was excellent as the Big Blue worked seven walks off the Tiger pitchers.
Dalton Holt got the Trojans off to a good start with a two-run single in the top of the first. The Big Blue added a single tally in the top of fifth for a 3-0 lead. Greenfield/NW was able to break through with one run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 3-1 contest.
The Trojans added an insurance run in the top of the seventh, and they would need it as the Tigers rallied to come up with a two-runs in the bottom of the inning but the rally fell just short in Triopia’s 4-3 win.
Triopia 200 010 1—4 5 1
N. Greene 000 010 2—3 11 2
WP-S. Gogswell (T)
2B-D. Winkelman, G. Greene (T)
RBI-D. Holt 2, G. Greene, S. Gogswell (T)
SB-T. Wise 2, W. Alexander, D. Holt (T)
Record: Triopia 4-0 (2-0 WIVC)