The 4A baseball regional championship game featuring Andale-Garden Plain and Trinity Academy at Maize South on Wednesday was simply a display of good baseball, according to Trinity coach Andy Frieze.
“(Andale) played a great game and they’re a very good ball club. We played a good game,” Frieze said. “It was just a good baseball game.”
Trinity defeated Andale 3-2 in the championship game, a back-and-forth battle. Trinity scored one run in the first inning, and Andale tied the game in the fourth.
After a Trinity batter was walked in the fifth inning, John Poulos singled to advance the runner to third. Pitcher Andrew Burke singled to bring the runner home, followed by David Warnky’s single to score Poulos, making it 3-1.
“I think the turning point of the game was when Polous came up to bat. I think he battled for 12 pitches, and then hit the line drive,” Frieze said. “That was an incredible play.”
Andale scored once in the sixth from a similar situation, but Trinity finished the game to earn the win.
“There was a moment when we kind of got slapped in the face, and I think that kind of caught us off guard,” Andale coach Andrew Kaiser said. “We didn’t lose, we got beat.”
Trinity’s Andrew Burke pitched the entire game for the Knights, allowing eight hits. Kaiser praised Burke’s ability to hold Andale’s running game in check.
“What really made the difference is we like to run more, we like to steal more, and him picking off a lot kept our runners off balance,” Kaiser said. “We weren’t able to get into scoring position as much as we’d like. When we get runners in scoring position, we hit them in.”
Burke walked the first two batters in the sixth but recovered with two strikeouts to limit the damage.
“There was a point I was starting to worry but after the sixth inning I was pretty confident,” Burke said. “(Frieze) came out a little worried, and I said ‘I’ve got it coach.’ It’s my senior year, my last game if we lose.”
Trinity will advance to the 4A tournament next week, a goal Frieze has had in mind since the beginning of the season.
“We’re just going to take it one game at a time, one inning at a time, and try to win every inning,” Frieze said.
In the semifinals, Andale beat Maize South 7-1 and Trinity defeated Buhler.
Trinity 3, Andale 2
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W — Burke. L — Winsor.