BRENT SCHOELLER ’21
The baseball team played Bowdoin three times this weekend to begin the first home series of NESCAC play. It was an overall success for the Bantams as they won two of the three games against the Bowdoin Polar Bears. The series was 2-1 in favor of the Bantams and they improved their NESCAC record to 4-2 and their overall record to 9-9 to get back to .500 on the year. The Bantams have been playing great baseball as of late and have won seven of their last nine games.
The first game of the weekend was a tough showing for the Bantams as the Polar Bears won 15-8. Unfortunately, even though the Bantams put up many runs in this game, Trinity’s effort was nowhere close to the offense of the Polar Bears. Bowdoin scored four runs in the 1st inning, and the Bantams matched them with four funs of their own in the 1st inning. Captain Christian Orsini ’18 hit a bases clearing triple with Matt Koperniak ’20, Cooper Mooney ’18, and Johnny Stamatis ’19 all on base, making it a 4-3 ball game. After the Bantams added another run in the bottom of the 1st, Bowdoin added three more runs of their own in the 2nd. Then after four scoreless innings the Polar Bears had a huge inning in the top of the 7th, adding eight more runs. Trinity’s efforts after that point were fruitless as they were unable to match the power of Bowdoin’s offense.
The second game was a much different narrative for the Bantams as they came away with the 7-2 victory. Trinity started with a good 1st inning, striking first with two runs. However, with 1 run in the 2nd inning and one run in the 5th inning from Bowdoin the Polar Bears tied the game at 2 going into the 6th inning. Then, thanks to a big five run inning in the bottom of the 6th, the Bantams were able to put away this game. Starting pitcher Alex Shafer ’20 was exceptional in the first game, picking up his third win on the year while only allowing one walk and striking out six. It was an impressive win for the Bantams.
The third game was a gutsy win for Trinity, but they eventually pulled out the win by a score of 6-3. This game was back and forth for the first few innings. The Polar Bears scored first with one run in the top of the
3rd and the Bantams matched it with one of their own in the bottom of the inning. Then Bowdoin scored another in the top of the 4th only to be matched by the Bantams once again. Then in the bottom of the 5th Trinity added two more of their own when Carter Snyder ’18 hit a two-run single that scored both Mooney and Koperniak. The Polar Bears scored one in the top of the 6th. However, thanks to insurance runs in the bottom of the 6th and bottom of the 8th the Bantams put this game away to improve to 9-9 on the year. With their 4-2 record in the NESCAC they own stole possession of first place in the East division.