The weather heated up and Trinidad finally wore down a hard-fought Yantis Owl effort to take game three of the region series 15-7 at Kemp High School Saturday afternoon. Trinidad (10-9) will take on Union Hill in the next round while the Owls season ended with a 10-9 slate.
Trinidad’s Nate Williams took the win on the mound while Yantis used three pitchers on the afternoon. Yantis ace Lucas Cerretani had thrown 110 pitches in a 9-4 win on Friday night to force a game three on Saturday. Cerretani was unable to throw Saturday because of the new rules governing pitch counts in high school baseball.
Marshall Anderson started for the Owls and struck out two of three batters in the top of the first inning. J.C. Nolen got things started for Yantis on offense with a lead-off double in the bottom of the first. After Anderson grounded out and Bradley Potts’ fly to right was caught, Cerretani singled to score Nolen and the Owls led 1-0.
Trinidad came right back in the top of the second inning to score three runs on just one hit. The Trojans had two batters get hit, two walks and a single but scored the three runs to lead 3-1. In the Owls’ half of the inning, Cerretani and Jayden Madrall hit back-to-back doubles knocking in a pair of runs to make it a 3-3 game after two innings.
Trinidad scored four runs in the fourth inning and six more in the fifth to take a commanding 13-3 lead. But the Owls would not give up, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth on doubles from Anderson and Potts to make it 13-6. The Owls got one more in the bottom of the sixth from hits by Tucker Ewalt, Josh Moreland and Anderson. But it would not be enough as Trinidad extended their lead to 15-7 in the top of the seventh inning and got the win.