Scoring 11 runs and hitting 3 home runs usually ends the day with a victory, but it wasn't enough for Timothy Christian. Lisle outscored the Trojans 15-11 in Lisle on a very windy Saturday.
The Lions had a 6-run first inning, a 5-run fourth and a 4-run sixth to hold off any kind of Trojans comeback in the nonconference baseball game.
"Great day to be a hitter," said Lions coach Pete Meyer. "Not so great day to be a pitcher or in the infield or the outfield. … It was good to see some of the guys who haven't been hitting really well sticking the ball today."
After allowing two runs in the top of the first, Lisle (5-5) gave sophomore pitcher Alec Van Volkenburg some run support and Timothy Christian freshman pitcher Michael Bieterman some headaches with 6 runs in the bottom of the inning.
An RBI single from Kevin Coppin and a sacrifice fly from Jake Oard tied the game at 2-2 until a couple of Trojans errors and some good hitting by the Lions gave them a 4-run lead.
The Trojans battled back in the second inning with two runs and one more in the fourth, but once again Lisle created some distance between the two teams with a 5-run inning.
With the bases loaded Lisle's George Swedie ripped a single off reliever Carter Johnson to score two runs, an RBI single from Billy Loconsole made it three and a double from Alex Sokolowski scored two more to end the inning 11-5.
"We were hitting the ball, sticking the ball actually," Sokolowski said. "We just need a little better defense today. Just needed to make more of the routine plays."
The Trojans came back to score two in the fifth and had added two more in the sixth with back-to-back home runs from sophomore Cole Miller and Bieterman off reliever Loconsole put the game at 11-8 in the bottom of the sixth.
A 4-run bottom of the sixth from Lisle sealed the victory with the help of another two RBI double from Sokolowski, who finished with 4 RBI. Timothy Christian (3-5) scored two in the seventh with a 2-run homer from Cole, but it wasn't enough.
"I really liked the way we battled back," said Trojans coach Jim Snoeyink. "Obviously, you don't like to give up 15 runs, but it happens sometimes. I just like the way we kept hitting the ball. We had some players struggling lately hitting the ball, but they snapped out of it today, so that was good to see."