Tri-Town Trojans win final game of regular season
Bob Smith of the Tri-Town Trojans follows through on a swing that resulted in a single during a 12-7 win over the Valley Thunder in a Tri-State League game at Community Field on Saturday. John McKenna photos
By Will Neary
BZ sports correspondent
Backed by hot bats, the Tri-Town Trojans slugged their way to a 12-7 victory over the Valley Thunder in their Tri-State League regular-season finale at Community Field on Saturday.
The Trojans (13-5) came out of the gate on fire, plating one run in the first. They followed that quickly with an explosive 5-run second inning, compiling four hits and six base runners in the inning alone.
“It was big to come out and score early in the first,” said player-coach Dan McCarty, who drove in two runs in the second inning and had four RBI on the day.
The middle of the line-up powered the offense, with shortstop McCarty and extra hitter Sam Shurberg combining for six hits and eight RBI in the contest. Right fielder Hunter Grabowski had a big day with four singles and three runs scored. Conor Murray, Bob Smith and James Cramphin each had two hits for the Trojans.
“We were able to string hits together and score some runs,” said McCarty about the offense’s fiery performance.
The defense struggled to hold the Valley Thunder in check. Three of the Thunder’s seven runs were unearned and all came off pitcher Bobby Chatfield during his six innings. Murray pitched the final inning.
With the playoffs right around the corner, the Trojans found promising life in their bats, but also struggled to keep the Thunder from scoring themselves.
“We need to be a little bit better on defense,” McCarty said of the team’s three errors, “especially if we want to make it far into the playoffs.”
Conor Murray of the Trojans steps into a pitch and, below, delivers a pitch during the victory.