Baseball Edged Twice By Walkoff Hits At Trine

Rightfielder Mason Opple of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville HS) collected five hits for the Hope College baseball team, but the Flying Dutchmen were edged 5-4 in eight innings and 7-6 at Trine on Friday.

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association series opener saw the Thunder put together rallies in their last at-bat in two consecutive games and drop Hope into fifth place in the league standings.

The series concludes on Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Hope (10-16, 8-8 MIAA).

In Game 1, Trine (15-15, 9-9 MIAA) tied the score at 4-4 with a three-run sixth and forced the game into extra innings. Zach Schulte walked to lead off the eighth, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Colton Conn's one-out double.

Opple, pictured, went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Leftfielder Nick Lepore of Clinton Township, Michigan (Warren DeLaSalle HS) also had two hits and an RBI.

In Game 2, Trine singled five consecutive times with two outs for a winning three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Jake Roddy had the walkoff hit.

Hope took a 6-4 lead on an RBI single from catcher Trace Slancik of Scotts, Michigan (Vicksburg) in the seventh that plated Opple and a three-run sixth.

Opple led off the sixth with a double and scored on an RBI single from third baseman Danny Carrasco of Grandville, Michigan (Calvin Christian). Designated hitter Tanner Gilmore of Murrieta, California (Alta Loma) added a sacrifice fly for the Flying Dutchmen, while second baseman Brant Kym of Libertyville, Illinois (Libertyville) had an RBI double to knock in Slancik.

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