Michael Cohick held a powerful NAIA offense in check for five innings of Game 2 as Trinity Baptist College battled the cross-town rival Edward Waters College Tigers twice on Saturday afternoon. The high-powered Tigers, though, rallied late and came from behind to complete the sweep of the double-header, winning by scores of 6-1 and 7-4.
Cochick started Game 2 and pitched five very solid innings — the first four scoreless — during which he allowed only one earned run through the fifth. Cohick worked his way out of a first-inning jam and cruised through the next three. Only three of the seven hits allowed through five innings made it into the outfield, and he struck out two Tigers hitters without walking anyone.
Edward Waters scored its first run in the fifth on a ground ball fielder’s choice, but Cohick picked a runner off second base to help end the threat. The Tigers took advantage of an error to open the sixth and put three more on the board to tie the score before Cohick departed. The Eagles’ senior had a final line of 5+ IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 0 BB, and 2 K.
Edward Waters tied the game on a two-run home run from Cayden Frankie and took the lead later in the inning after Cohick’s departure on a base hit from Christian Montesinos. The Tigers tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh on RBI singles from Jordan Pontious and Wyatt Reid.
Trinity opened up a 4-0 lead beginning with an RBI single from David Quevedo in the first. The Eagles drew four walks in the second as part of a two-run rally in which Nick Mackedon scored on a wild pitch and David Hall‘s RBI hit-batsmen scored Matt Carter. A.J. Alexio drove home Kelvin George (lead-off single) in the fourth to make the score 4-0.
In Game 1’s bottom of the fifth, Hall doubled home Jon Shiver, who led off the inning with a base hit and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Eagles hitters up and down the lineup hit the ball very hard all afternoon only to find Tigers defenders running balls down in the gaps, making diving catches on the infield, and standing right in front of solid line drives and hard one-hoppers throughout both games. The Eagles found holes on multiple occasions, but the stellar Edward Waters defenders, particularly third baseman Tyler Rich, made the plays in the clutch to thwart several Trinity scoring opportunities.
Edward Waters turned a vicious live drive Game 1’s bottom of the seventh into a L6-4-3 triple play to end the opener.
Overall, Trinity’s Quevedo was 3 for 7 on the day while Mackedon was 2 for 4 and drew two walks to reach base four times. George reached base three times, and Carter and Bryan Lopez also hit safely.
Former Trinity Christian Academy Conqueror Keilin Washington was 3 for 7 with three runs scored overall for the Tigers while Reid was 2 for 3 (plus a walk) and 3 for 4 in each game, respectively. Reid hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs in Game 1 and added 2 RBI in Game 2.
The Eagles will next play a pair of double-headers with NAIA Voorhees College on Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7. Friday’s double-header begins at 12:00 noon EDT, and Saturday’s twin-bill starts at 3:00 p.m. The Eagles will then travel to Miami on April 13 and 14 for a three-game series at USCAA Florida National University.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC