Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Trinity Falls Short of District Baseball Title in Rubber Match against Crosstown Rival

The District 3 Class 3A Baseball Championship had all the feelings of a big game as Trinity and Camp Hill stepped onto the grass before a packed house at Wenger Field in Fredericksburg on May 28.

The gold-medal game was not only a rubber match between the crosstown rivals – Camp Hill took the first, 8-1, and Trinity won the next, 2-0 – it was also a rematch of last year’s District 3 championship, where the Lions got the best of the Shamrocks.

The dueling pitchers of Ty Book from Trinity and Dom Tozzi from Camp Hill put on quite a show through the first five innings, pitching their way out of trouble and finding defensive clean-up in the outfield. But a few fielding miscues by Trinity in the bottom of the fifth set the Lions up for a 4-1 victory over the ’Rocks.

Entering as a second seed behind Camp Hill, Trinity came into the contest looking for its first District baseball title. An early stolen base by Ishmael Palmer and the promise of a combined four runners on base in the early stanzas after Tozzi walked five of Trinity’s first nine batters gave the ’Rocks some spark at the start, but not enough to cash in at home plate.

In the fateful fifth inning, consecutive grounders by Camp Hill turned into errors for Trinity, and a sacrificial bunt that followed put runners into position before Trinity walked Tozzi and pitched instead to the Lions’ eventual reliever, Jonathan Drawbaugh. With bases loaded, Drawbaugh smacked a triple to send the Lions ahead, 3-0.

At the top of the sixth, Trinity’s senior caption Ayden Thelen smacked a double into left field. On the following sequence, Palmer, as a courtesy runner, would cross home plate for Trinity after a wild pitch to earn the ’Rocks’ first run, cutting the lead to 3-1. But the Lions would go on to clinch the title with an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, and three consecutive strike-outs during Trinity’s last at-bat.

Both teams will enter the PIAA state tournament, which begins June 3, and could meet again in the state semifinals.

(Photos by Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness.)

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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