Trojans take Region IX Title
The 2014 Region IX Baseball Champion TSJC Trojans. (Photo by David Barrack)
The Trinidad State baseball team fought its way to the top of Region IX this past weekend with tournament victories over Northeastern, Lamar and Otero. The Trojans entered the tournament seeded third in the region, however they rolled through the first two games before defeating Otero in extra innings to claim the crown. The Region IX champs will now prepare for their trip to districts later this week.
At the midpoint of the season things were looking bleak as a mid-season slump left the team at a 22-22 record. The team turned things around taking two games from Otero, splitting with Lamar and sweeping McCook. The Trojans finished the regular season with a six game winning streak and a 31-24 record. They then had to wait almost two weeks to start the playoffs.
“We finished the season playing pretty well,” commented second year Head Coach Matthew Torrez. “I was asked a couple of times if the ten-day layoff would affect us. Some people may look at that as a negative but I took it the opposite way. I felt that it would give us time to get healthy and be at full strength for the playoffs.”
At the regional tournament the Trojans did what they do best, get the ball in play and hustle to make teams make mistakes. In the first game against NJC the Trojans stole seven bases keeping the Plainsmen off balance. TSJC won the back and forth affair 6-4. Alex Rogers pitched seven beautiful innings striking out five to pick up the win and Julian Moroyoqui tossed two perfect innings to earn the save. TSJC leadoff man Julien Belanger finished with three hits and a stolen base.
The team raises the trophy after the 9-6 win over Otero. (Photo by David Barrack)
Game two only lasted seven innings as the Trojans rolled past regular season champion Lamar 8-0. Eric Bussey was dominant on the hill giving up only four hits while striking out five in the complete game shutout. Colby Schrade scored two runs, including a solo home run, to pace the Trojan offense.
The title game went to extra innings but the Trojans finally put away the fourth seeded Rattlers 9-6. Moroyoqui picked up the win in relief. Drake Duncan, Wesley Aguilar and Christian Benitez all hit bombs for Trinidad.
“Our kids went out and played aggressively,” noted Torrez. “We were able to get extra bases and put pressure on the defense as an offensive club. On the other side of the ball we minimized our errors and the pitchers kept the walks to a minimum. I am very proud of this group as we had a chance in the middle of the season to fold up tents. They kept pushing and that adversity sent us on a nice little end of the season run.”
Six Trojan players earned post-season honors. Belanger and Dunkin were first team All-Region selections and Benitez, Bussey, Max Broullaird and Michael Barrientos each earned second team honors. Coach Torrez was named Coach of the Year for Region IX.
The Trojans (34-24) will now head to the Western District Tournament in Arizona. They will play Cochise College (34-26) in the first round at 3 p.m. on Thursday. This tournament is also a double-elimination bracket with the winner heading to Nationals in Grand Junction later this month.
“We have reached a goal our program has set and would like to keep reaching for more,” said Torrez. “I speak for our whole program when I say thank you to all the people that support our program and we hope that we have made you proud!”
Trojans take series from Rattlers
Trojan Dalton Drury lays down a bunt against CSU earlier this spring. The freshman from Pueblo has 10 stolen bases already this season.
Trinidad State got off to a good start in conference play taking three of four from Otero over the weekend. The Trojans split games in La Junta on Saturday and then took both in Trinidad on Sunday.
In the first game on Saturday the Trojans got a great pitching performance from Jean-Felix Proulx but couldn’t manage to plate any runs dropping the conference opener 2-0. Proulx went the distance on the hill surrendering only four hits and no earned runs while striking out a pair. The Trojans managed six hits in the game, including a double from Nick Johnson, but were unable to plate a run.
In the second game of the series the Rattlers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Trinidad responded in the third with a two-out, two-RBI triple off the bat of Dalton Drury. They then took the lead in the fourth when Max Brouillard singled in Christian Benitez. A host of Trojan pitchers slammed the door the rest of the way for the 3-2 win. Craig Bristol picked up the win and Julian Moroyoqui was credited with the save.
On Sunday the series moved to Trinidad and the Trojans got the bats going. A ten-run fifth inning finished the game early with a final score of 12-2. Johnson, Brouillard and Moroyoqui each doubled in the game and Michael Barrientos hit a homerun, finishing with 4 RBI’s. Alex Rogers picked up his second win of the season on the hill.
The final game of the series went back and forth but the Trojans played small ball to claim the 6-4 win. Drury finished the game with three hits to go with his three stolen bases. Dillon Gaasbeck picked up the win in relief and Moroyoqui pitched a flawless seventh to claim his fifth save of the year. Six Trojan pitchers combined for nine strikeouts in the game.
The Trojans (11-5, 3-1) will host Northeastern Junior College (2-8, 2-0) this Saturday and Sunday at Central Park. The games were originally scheduled to be played in Sterling, but will be played in Trinidad because of adverse weather up north. The four game set will start at noon both days.
Trojan baseball starts season with road split
Strong pitching and struggles at the plate highlighted the Trojans season opening series in Thatcher, Arizona. The TSJC Baseball squad faced off with Eastern Arizona for twin doubleheaders over the opening weekend and returned home with a 2-2 record.
Sophomore pitcher Jean-Felix Proulx took control of game one tossing six strong innings, striking out five, on route to a 4-3 win. In the game the Trojans first run of the season came on a long fly off the bat of sophomore Michael Barrientos. The homerun to center gave TSJC a 1-0 lead in the second. Eastern scored a pair in the third but the Trojans struck back to tie it in the fifth when Nico Porreco singled Dalton Drury home. Trinidad retook the lead in the sixth when Drake Duncan doubled in Christian Benitez who had singled to open the inning. Again Eastern tied it up and again the Trojan offense responded as Colby Schrade got himself into scoring position and crossed the plate on a Porreco single in the top of the seventh. Julian Moroyoqui came in and slammed the door in the seventh to preserve the 4-3 win and pick up the save.
Trinidad had its best hitting performance in the second game on Friday as they plated six runs. Drury got TSJC going in the second when he singled and came around to score. A four-run fourth, keyed by a Beau Talley two RBI double, put the game out of reach. Josh Payne tossed five strong innings, striking out six and only giving up three hits.
The Trojan bats cooled on Saturday as neither team could get anything going in game one. The Trinidad pitchers kept Eastern Arizona in check for nine innings but in the tenth the Gila Monsters were able to plate the only run of the game winning it 1-0. Alex Rogers, Erik Bussey and Moroyoqui combined to strikeout nine but did not have any run support as the Trojans only managed two hits.
In the series finale Max Brouillard got the Trojans going with a solo shot to left in the second but an error started an Eastern rally that plated three in the third. Trinidad got one run back on a Nick Eurich single that scored Benitez, but the Trojans fell 3-2. Jordan Smith handled Eastern Arizona's lineup most of the contest, racking up six strikeouts, allowing no earned runs, six hits and two walks over six innings.
TSJC will hit the road again this weekend as they head to Roswell, New Mexico to take on NMMI for four games. They will then play at Central Park for the first time this spring on February 15 and 16 as they take on CSU-Fort Collins.
Baseball lands recruits for 2014-2015
Coach Matthew Torrez recently announced the TSJC baseball recruiting class for 2014-2015. So far seven young men have committed to play ball for the Trojans next fall.
- Victor Chavez - Rio Rancho HS in Rio Rancho, NM - RHP/OF
- Bronson Butcher - Westlake HS in Saratoga Springs, UT - 3B
- James Smith - Brighton HS in Brighton, CO - RHP
- Caden Pratt - Brighton HS in Brighton, CO - C
- Anthony Porreco - D’Evelyn HS in Lakewood, CO - MIF
- PJ Underwood - Lewis Palmer HS in Monument, CO - C
- Cam Baird - Raton HS in Raton, NM - RHP
The TSJC baseball program would like to welcome all of these players to the Trojan family. We are excited about these players and wish them the best of luck in their senior seasons of high school.
Baseball drawing winners
The Annual Baseball drawing was held this past week
here are the winners...
- Drury Roofing
- Dan Porreco
- Dan Nuschy
We would like to thank all the participants in our drawing, we would also like to thank the three winners for donating the proceeds back to the baseball program.
Baseball set for Fall Season
The Trojan Baseball team will be returning to the field at Central Park in just a few weeks, as they get ready for another season. The Trojans have a busy fall planned:
2013 Fall Scrimmage Schedule
|8/21||Trojan Wars Intrasquad||Trinidad, CO||2:30pm(1)|
|8/22||Trojan Wars Intrasquad||Trinidad, CO||2:30pm(1)|
|8/24||Trojan Wars Intrasquad||Trinidad, CO||1pm(1)|
|8/25||Trojan Wars Intrasquad||Trinidad, CO||1pm(1)|
|9/8||Team Colorado||Trinidad, CO||1pm(1)|
|9/15||Adams State University||Alamosa, CO||1pm(1)|
|9/21||Lamar CC||Lamar, CO||1pm(1)|
|Sky Sox Stadium
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Arena
|Sky Sox Stadium
Colorado Springs, CO
|10/5||Luna CC||Trinidad, CO||12pm(1)|
|10/6||West Texas A&M||Canyon, TX||1pm(1)|
|10/18||Lamar CC||Trinidad, CO||1pm(1)|
|10/20||NM Highlands||Las Vegas, NM||1pm(1)|