Pride Returns with Three Wins

This past weekend, Sinclair traveled to Millington, Tennessee to compete in the USA Stadium Kickoff Classic. Playing against some of the premier programs in the country, the Pride won three out of their five games. Here are the recaps:

Day 1

Ian Creager took the mound in Game 1 for the Pride looking to pick up his second win of the season against Carl Sandburg (IL). After recording two outs in the second, Creager allowed three straight hits that plated the game’s first run. That was all the Chargers would get off Creager though, as he tossed a total of six innings while striking out twelve. The Sinclair bats came to life in the 3rd scoring five, highlighted by a two out double off the bat of Drew Williams that drove in two. The offense would add on later in the game with two big innings but the Chargers made an effort to comeback off the Tartans bullpen by scoring five in the 7th and four in the 8th. Ryan Carter came into the 8th with bases loaded to stop the bleeding and then he tossed a scoreless 9th to secure the win.

Final Score: Sinclair 15 Carl Sandburg 10
WP: Ian Creager (2-0) 6 IP 4 H 1 ER 12 K’s
SV: Ryan Carter (1)
Offensive Leaders: Joe Ford 3-6 2B 3 RBI’s, Nick McGill 2-6 3RS 2B HR 2 RBI’s, Drew Williams 3-5 BB 3RS 2B HR 2 RBI’s, Austin Downing 2-5 2B RBI, Matt Sullivan 2-4 BB RBI

In the second game of the day, the Pride turned to Jon Thacker to take on #20 Iowa Central. Thacker did not disappoint as he pitched a gem against the Tritons. The game remained scoreless until the top of the 4th when Nick McGill led off with a double. Austin Downing’s bunt attempt was a success as he moved McGill to 3rd and reached on an error himself. Matt Sullivan then struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt that got past the catcher and McGill came home for the first run. Sinclair added on in the 5th with another big hit from McGill. Kyle Vander Ark led off with a walk but the next two hitters failed to move him. McGill delivered a two out triple to right that scored Vander Ark giving the Tartans a 2-0 lead. Central responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. An error allowed their leadoff hitter to get on base and then a single to right would set up Nick McGill for his first put out of many on the weekend. McGill fired a strike to 3rd that nailed the lead runner for the first out of the inning. The next batter doubled in a run but Thacker retired the next two. The game would get interesting in the 6th as both teams were competing against the sun going down since the field had no lights. Prior to the start of the game, it was determined that if seven innings were not complete, the game would be finished the following night under the lights on the main field. The Sinclair bats went scoreless in the top half and it was apparent that this would be the last half inning of the day. Thacker retired the first batter he faced and then the next batter reached on a crazy hop at 3rd. After a lineout, Central’s next two batters singled scoring the tying run. The Pride defense had an opportunity to throw out the runner at home but a low throw allowed the runner to be safe. The next batter was retired ending the night at 2-2.

After playing two games in the morning of the Day 2, Carlos Merlano entered the suspended game against Iowa Central. Merlano just didn’t have it and he allowed six runs in his inning of work. The offense put up a fight and had some chances but the five run 7th from Central was too much to overcome.

Final Score: #20 Iowa Central 8 Sinclair 4
LP: Carlos Merlano (0-1)
Offensive Leaders: Nick McGill 2-5 RS 2B 3B RBI, Blake Hall 1-2 BB

Day 2

Freshmen Stephen Holland made his first career start for the Pride against Muscatine (IA) and was nearly perfect. Holland left the game in the 6th without allowing a single run and only allowing one hit. Matt Kruzel finished off the shutout recording the final five outs of the ball game. The Pride offense scored two in the first on a two out single from Drew Williams and the team collected eleven hits on route to the victory.

Final Score: Sinclair 6 Muscatine 0
WP: Stephen Holland (2-0) 5.1 IP 1 H 9 K’s
Offensive Leaders: Jon Lowe 2-4 RS 3B, Joe Ford 1-2 2RS BB, Drew Williams 2-4 3 RBI’s, Nick McGill 1-1 2BB’s 2B RBI

Physical and mental mistakes doomed the Pride in game two and Southeastern (IA) took advantage of every one of them. The Blackhawks scored three runs in each of the first two innings and took control. Sinclair was never really in the game as the Pride hitter only managed four hits.

Final Score: Southeastern 12 Sinclair 1
LP: Corey Johnson 0-1
Offensive Leaders: Joe Ford 2-3, Darwin Argumedo 1-2 RBI

Day 3

The final game in Millington matched up Sinclair with another ranked team in #13 Lackawanna College (PA.) Sophomore transfer Brock Trimbur made his first start and did a great job keeping LC hitters off balance. The lead would change seven times during the game and Lackawanna struck first in the 3rd. The Pride answered in the fourth when Dan Lawrence hit a two out double and was knocked home by a triple off the bat of Mike Maddle. Both teams traded runs in the 5th and TJ Teets entered the game in the 6th relieving Trimbur. Teets retired six straight batters until the 8th when he walked the leadoff hitter. That runner would score and the Pride trailed again heading into the bottom of the inning. Kyle Vander Ark started things off with a single to center but a failed sacrifice attempt from Lawrence got him thrown out at second. With Lawrence banged up, Corey Johnson made his running debut for Sinclair. Even though he was almost picked off on the second throw over, a wise man once said, “Good base runners are almost always out- Joe Ford.” Maddle drew a walk and an Austin Downing single loaded the bases. Matt Sullivan clutched up and delivered a single to center that tied the game and the bases remained loaded for Jon Lowe. Lowe hit a chopper to 3rd and with no play at the plate, the third basemen was forced to throw him out at 1st, allowing the Pride to take the lead. Teets threw two straight groundball outs to Downing at 3rd and after allowing a two out single, struck out the final batter of the game on a breaking ball.

Final Score: Sinclair 4 #13 Lackawanna College 3
WP: TJ Teets 1-0
Offensive Leaders: Dan Lawrence 2-4 RS 2B, Michael Maddle 1-3 RS 3B RBI, Austin Downing 2-4 2B, Matt Sullivan 1-3 BB RS RBI, Jon Lowe 1-3 Sac Bunt RBI.

Sinclair is now 6-2 on the season.


Steve Dintaman


Sinclair Community College


Head Baseball Coach


(937) 512-3039