ROSWELL, Ga. – The Blessed Trinity Titans advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class AAA state baseball playoffs, winning in three games against a North Hall team that defeated the Titans in last year’s semifinals.
North Hall won the series opener 6-4, but the Titans came back to win the second game of the doubleheader 4-0 and took the series last Thursday, May 8, with a 5-2 victory.
Freshman lefthander Patrick McNamara was the winning pitcher in the decisive third game, limiting the Trojans to three hits over 5 1/3 innings. Cody Roberts got out of a jam in the sixth and worked a scoreless seventh inning to earn a save.
After North Hall scored in the top of the first, Blessed Trinity responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Bronco O’Brien started the rally with a leadoff single, John Castro’s double broke a 1-1 tie and Bryson Jenkins followed with a 2-run single.
Brad Spinner pitched a 4-hit shutout in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, striking out six and walking one. Jake Bogosian had three hits for the Titans, including a two-run single that snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. Roberts added two hits and an RBI.
The Trojans scored three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to win the opener. A Conor Davis home run helped the Titans take a 2-1 lead after four innings, and the Titans tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth after the Trojans took the lead with three in the top of the inning.
Jack Dunn’s RBI-single helped BT pull even, but the Trojans scored twice in the sixth to close out the scoring.
Starter Ryan Young went 4 2/3 innings for the Titans, with Davis taking the loss in relief. Logan Craighead struck out three in a scoreless seventh inning.
The Titans (23-8) hosted Central Carrollton (19-14) in the quarterfinals, with a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday of this week and a third game if necessary on Wednesday. The winner will play at the winner of the Hart County-Pierce County series beginning Monday.
Central has survived a pair of three-game series, with five of the Lions’ six games decided by one or two runs.