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Tiger season comes to a heartbreaking end
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By Eddie Wilson
The Trinity Tigers took on the Teague Lions in the Bi-District round on May 1 in the Texas High School Baseball Playoffs. The first game of a best-of-three series was played in Madisonville. The Tigers fell victim to some timely hitting by the Lions-and a few mistakes of their own-as they fell 2-4 in a nip-and-tuck- close ballgame. An overall gutsy game performance by sophomore pitcher Collin Chadwick was for naught as the Tigers came within an eyelash of pulling this one out. Down-4-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers had the bases loaded and couldn't get a run across. That failed attempt-even though they scored once in the bottom of the seventh-proved to be the difference-in a hard fought ballgame. Some questionable (at least by this writer's opinion) led to several called third strikes by the home plate umpire. I talked to one of the umpires, who is a friend, and he said that from his position at third base, he couldn't say one way or the other about the calls.. I trust his observation. The ambiguous calls made a distinct difference a night later as a few of the Tigers questioned the calls in the opener. On Friday May 2, the two teams were back in Madisonville and at it again. This time the outcome was never in doubt. Beginning in the top of the first inning, it seemed to be a carryover from the night before. Trinity sent four batters to the plate, and three of the four were called out on third strikes. Only a hard hit single by- Zack Rankin stopped the strikeout string. Much like the night's before game, the Teague Lions used the first inning to their advantage as they plated three quick first inning runs and were never headed. In the top of the second inning the Tigers broke through for their only run of the game when Lehn Gripenstroh led off with a base-on-balls. He was sent to third when George Vaught singled up the middle and Lehn scored on a long sacrifice fly ball by Nick Strawther. A ground out and a strikeout ended the threat. In the bottom of the second inning the Lions plated three more runs, and to make things worse Teague added four more in the bottom of the third. The game was out of hand when the Lions came up with two more in their half of the fourth inning. A run rule 12-1 victory was complete as the Tigers couldn't come up with anything in the fourth and fifth innings. Trinity had a great season, earning their second straight post-season appearance. The Tigers will lose seniors, Lehn Griepenstroh, John Bledsoe, Taylor Martin, Josh Hancock, Andrew Huffman and Shawn Stoneking. These young men will be sorely missed, but the nucleus of some guys coming up and the coaching ability of Head Coach Robert Conley should bode well for the future for the Trinity Tigers.