Baseball: Pride Sweeps Owens Series

After winning the first two games at Owens, Sinclair traveled back to Toledo on Tuesday to finish the series. Game three began in the bottom of the fifth inning with nobody out and Sinclair ahead 3-1. Freshman Matt Kruzel entered the game for Corey Johnson and recorded three quick outs to send the game into the sixth. Both teams failed to score in the sixth, but in the seventh Sinclair got hot and scored three runs. The Pride offense reeled off eight straight quality plate appearances, and the inning was highlighted by a Kyle Vander Ark sacrifice fly that went fifteen feet from home plate. Joe Ford saw that the plate was uncovered and tagged up to score. Owens scored one run in the bottom of the inning, but Kruzel ended the game with a strikeout.

Final Score: #11 Sinclair 6, Owens 2
WP: Corey Johnson (3-3) 4IP 5H 1ER 3K’s
SV: Matt Kruzel (2) 3IP 2H 1ER K
Offensive Leaders: Joe Ford 2-4 2RS RBI, Kyle Vander Ark 2-3 3B 2RBIs, Blake Hall 1-2 RS SAC 2B

Brock Trimbur started for the Pride in the final game of the series and was looking to finish the sweep. Trimbur put zeros on the board early, and the offense took off from there. The Tartan hitters scored a run in the first and fourth and scored three times in both the third and fifth innings. The runs in the fifth were scored on three straight hits from the top of the order, all with two outs. Trimbur turned the ball over to Ryan Carter for the final two innings to preserve the win.

Final Score: #11 Sinclair 8, Owens 5
WP: Brock Trimbur (6-0) 5IP 6H 3ER K
Offensive Leaders: Joe Ford 2-5 RS RBI, Austin Downing 2-4 2RS SAC 2RBIs, Drew Williams 2-3 RS BB 2RBIs

Sinclair is now riding their longest winning streak of the season at twelve (33-11 Overall, 14-2 in OCCAC). This weekend, the Pride host Lakeland CC in their last conference home series of the season. With just one win, Sinclair will claim their fourth straight OCCAC conference title. Friday’s game one is schedule for 2 p.m., and Jon Thacker will be on the mound for the Pride.


Steve Dintaman


Sinclair Community College


Head Baseball Coach