BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
NEW LONDON – The Holy Trinity Crusaders continue to get great pitching, but couldn’t get going at the plate in a 3-0 loss to 9th-ranked New London Tuesday night on the road.
Freshman Kadin Medland went three innings of scoreless baseball and gave up the first run unearned on a third-strike passed ball that scored the Tigers’ Mason Porter with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.
Medland had given up a walk to Porter to open the inning, and then back-to-back singles to Darius Whaley and Keontae Luckett loaded the bases with just one out. Shae Summerfield popped into an infield fly at short and Javis Krieger fanned on three pitches which would have ended the inning, but the ball got passed HTC catcher Collin Thornton allowing Porter to score from third.
Whaley tried to stretch the issue from second and was thrown out at home to end the inning with New London holding a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Jason Thurman reached on an error, but was caught at second on a fielder’s choice when Reed Fehseke grounded to short. Thornton popped to third and Kyle Bredemeyer flew out to left field to strand Thurman at first.
In the fifth, with freshman Garrett Hannum throwing, the Tigers’ Cooper Schulte popped out to second to start the inning and then McSorley flew out to center for two quick outs. Britt Noel reached on an infield error on the right side and advanced to third on Sam Loyd’s single up the middle. Porter followed with a two RBI single to right scoring Noel and Loyd. Whaley flew out to short to end the inning and set the final score at 3-0.
Holy Trinity made it interesting in the top of the seventh when Thornton led off with a single to left, but Bredemeyer hit into a double play to third to wipe the bases clean and Cole Thornton fanned to end the game.
“Our pitchers did a really good job tonight holding the #9 ranked Tigers to only 3 runs and 6 hits on the night, however we just couldn’t get enough hits tonight,” Schinstock said. “If you don’t hit, you don’t score runs.”
Medland went three innings giving up just one hit and no runs. Hannum pitched two innings surrendering three runs – none earned on five hits and two strikeouts. Thurman came on in the bottom of the sixth with a man on and one out and cleaned things up without allowing a hit.
Fehseke and Collin Thornton had the only hits for the Crusaders who left six runners on base in the game. Noel went the distance for the Tigers striking out four and walking two in the shutout.
Holy Trinity has won two of their last three and travels to Louisa-Muscatine tonight, before hosting Notre Dame on Thursday at South Park.