Five-Run Eighth Lifts Adrian Over Trine
ADRIAN, Mich. – Trine had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and score tied at four when Adrian's Brent Greenwood got Steve Cornett to strikeout which started the surge for the Bulldogs. Adrian scored five runs in the eighth inning which led to the 9-4 win, advancing the Bulldogs to the MIAA Championship game.
Rylie Robinson started the game on the mound for Adrian and brought his best stuff from the beginning. Robinson didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning, when Trine lit up Robinson for three runs on five hits in the inning. Robinson finished the game with a no-decision, going 6.2 innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and 109 pitches.
Trine tied it up in the sixth on an RBI single from Brian Hoeper. The Bulldogs were unable to answer in the seventh inning, but came up huge in the eighth. Sam Fischer scored the first run in the inning off of a single from Garrett Green. Green would score later in the inning on a wild pitch, then Kyle Strawn would score off of a single by Jamey Sackett.
Greenwood would retire the Thunder in order in the bottom half of the inning, then be replaced by Lucas Willitzer in the ninth. Willitzer struck out the side to end the game and improve Adrian to 34-8 on the year.
The Bulldogs finished the game with 14 hits, which included six different players getting two hits. Rios had three RBI for the game while Stefanski had two RBI and a homerun in the top of the fifth.
Adrian will play again tomorrow at noon for the MIAA title. If the Bulldogs were to lose at noon, they will have another chance in the if-necessary game which would follow.