May 21st, 2021

DeSales Baseball Defeats Trinity

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales Baseball Defeats Trinity
photo by Ed Peak

Noah Brite didn’t let the moment overcome him in a close tight game between two of the top teams in Kentucky, Thursday night. Brite delivered the key hit and pitched DeSales to a 4-2 win over top ranked Trinity before a standing room crowd at Rex Robinson Memorial Field.

 

DeSales (23-7) ranked 17th by the Kentucky Coaches Baseball Association, got a clutch performance from the stocky senior right hander who kept the Shamrocks off balance with a good fastball and slider.

 

Brite (4-1) allowed five hits, walked three while striking out six. Only in the third inning did the Shamrocks mount much of attack. With two outs Korbyn Dickerson doubled to right centerfield and Matt Klein reached on a hit to deep short. But Brady Willis flied to center ending the inning.

 

“That slider was working pretty good,” said Brite. “The curveball was pretty good. The change up was there. But it was mainly the fast ball and slider. It felt good in the bullpen and it just translated to the field.”

 

With the game tied 1-1 in the fifth Jason Bassett reached on an infield hit. Justin Wilkins reached when Trinity pitcher junior Garrett Brunstetter threw late to second on an attempted sacrifice. Shane Tinslsy sacrificed the runners to second and third. 

 

Brunsetter (4-1) got Colts lead off batter Jayden Scroggins to strikeout swinging. Alex Yurt fouled off a couple full court pitches before a walk, loading the bases.

Brite hitting .402 coming into the game hit a long foul down the left field line before dumping a single into left field scoring pinch runner Matthias Conner and Wilkins.

 

Rocks shortstop Ethan Hodge’s relay throw to third got away and Yurt sprinted home with the third run.

 

“Our guys came in ready to play,” said DeSales coach Tim Sievert. “In the past guys would be like. We just want keep it close. Ok you get beat. But these guys thought they could win the game.

 

“Absolutely, it’s our biggest win,” said Sievert. “They are loaded with D-1 (Division One) talent. It’s a good win for us.”

 

Trinity (30-2) lost its first game to a Kentucky team. The Rocks had won 14 straight since a 5-4 loss, April 26, at Floyd Central.

 

“DeSales was just a much better baseball team,” said Trinity coach Rick Arnold. “We’ve been winning a lot of games with great pitching, really good defense and timely hitting. Tonight we got pretty darn good pitching. We played horrible defense and we got no timely hitting.”

 

Brite allowed only a walk in the sixth to Josh Castleman but got Austin Taylor to strikeout and Thomas Nettles to ground out.

 

With two outs in the seventh centerfielder Daylen Lile hit his 11th home run, tying him with teammate Korbyn Dickerson for fourth in the state, over the right field fence.

“At the beginning (Brite) got a little rattled to the first two batters,” said Sievert, “He settled in nicely. The fast ball was good and he threw the slider when ever he wanted.”

 

Trinity scored a run in the first inning when Hodge was hit by a pitch. Lile walked and Dickerson flyed out. Klein’s grounder to first scored Hodge.

 

The Colts came back in the bottom of the inning when Scroggins reached on an error. Noah Lochner got the run home with a ground out for a 1-1 tie.

 

The game stayed that way until Brite’s, who came in with a .402 average, clutch hit.

 

“I had a good sense of what he was going throw me,” said Brite. “I believe he threw me a slider and I just saw the ball good and put the bat on the ball.”

 

The fans seemed to be in the game as both Trinity and DeSales could make long post season runs. “It felt good. We just got to keep it going,” said Brite. “It’s Trinity. I know they are a good team. You always want to win versus the number one team.”

 

Sievert said this game was supposed to be the season finale. But because the season got pushed up a week the Colts have another week of regular season play before playing Butler in the district tournament.

 

“For sure it was a good win. The guys have bought into knowing the little things make the difference. We had three bunts to set up Noah’s big hit,” said Sievert.

 

Sievert also said that Brite has matured. “He would rattle easy as he was younger. He’s a senior now. When he walks guys he comes off and says ‘no big deal’. Before it would have shook him up,”

 

Both teams play doubleheaders Saturday. Trinity host Lexington Dunbar at 11 a.m. and Apollo at 4. The Colts host Fairdale at 10 a.m. and Bullitt Central at 3.

 

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