Red takes game one of trials, 8-4
Rivera posts two RBIs to lead Red Team to victory
A plethora of Red Team members contributed, as Chris Rivera went 1-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the squad. A.J. Balta had an RBI single, Nate Mondou had an RBI walk, and Cameron Miller also laced a double.
The Red Team got off to a quick start by scoring in each of the first four innings. Four first-inning walks by Blue's starting pitcher, Kennon Fontenot, resulted in an RBI for Mondou and put Red up 1-0 after one.
Red came right back in the second to rally for two runs with two outs. Balta singled home Charles Byers for the first run of the inning, and Rivera followed with another two-out knock to score Balta and make it a 3-0 game. Byers then got in on the Red Team action, plating an RBI single in the third to score James Ziegler for a 4-0 Red lead.
In the fourth, the Red Team appeared to put the Blue squad away with two more runs. Cameron Miller doubled to lead off the inning and came around after Matt Vogel reached on an error. Vogel then came around on a wild pitch to make the score 6-0.
Blue stormed back with four runs of its own to make it a two-run ball game in the fourth. Back-to-back hits from Jesse Kuet (a single), Jake Jarvis (a double) and J.P. Crawford (a single) to start the inning resulted in an RBI for Jarvis to make it 6-1.
Red pitcher Kohl Hostert struggled in the inning, uncorking three wild pitches that scored Jarvis and Crawford to make it a 6-3 game. Cole Bedford posted a big, two-out double to score Joe Dudek and make it a 6-4 ballgame.
Red would come back with single runs in the sixth and seventh to give itself a four-run cushion. Jordan Kron walked to lead off the sixth and moved to second on a Vogel single. After a double-steal, Rivera lofted a sac fly to center for his second RBI of the game to make it 7-4.
Red plated its last run in the seventh off the bat of Ryan Kirby. Grayson Ivey doubled to lead off the seventh and moved to third on another wild pitch. Kirby laced a ball to center that was just far enough to bring home Ivey, for the eighth and final run. The bottom of the seventh inning was not played due to pitching concerns.
Fontenot took the loss for Blue, lasting 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and striking out two. Zack Aukes earned the win for Red, pitching two perfect innings and striking out two.
Kuet, Jarvis and Crawford all had a hit and a run for the Blue Team. Bedford and Jarvis contributed the only Blue Team RBIs on the evening.
Game two of the trials will take place on Monday back at St. Thomas University. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.