Bos, Reidsma continue to excel on the track
It’s becoming a broken record, the way Anna Bos breaks school records.
The fleet junior from Rockford, Mich., won the 10,000-meter run for Trinity Christian College at Lewis University’s Chicagoland Championships on Friday, doing so in 36 minutes, 8.50 seconds, which placed Bos more than 30 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. That also qualified her for the NAIA Championship and makes her the prohibitive favorite at whatever distance she’ll run in today’s Concordia University Invitational in River Grove.
Likewise, senior Andy Reidsma is a threat whenever he toes the line. The senior breezed to victory at 5,000 meters at Lewis in 14:51.20, hitting the NAIA’s “B” standard for qualifying. And the women’s 3,200-meter relay quartet of Ashley Jourdan, Hannah Schwab, Justine Van Dyk and Courtney Kalous also tripped the NAIA qualifying meter by finishing second in their event in a school-record time of 9:25.71.
The rest of the Trinity crew ran Saturday at Benedictine University, where the women took fifth and the men wound up 10th. Jessica Disselkoen won the 3,000-steeplechase in a Trolls-record 11:31.71, while Kalous’ 2:18.36 clocking in the 800 also represented a school standard and was good for second place overall.
On the men’s side, Cody Velthuizen’s victory in the 3,000-steeplechase came in 10:14.47.
A 5-7 week punctuated by five shutout losses left the Trolls 15-15 going into this week’s equally heavy slate of action.
Inconsistent offense is holding Trinity back. Softball is often a pitcher’s game, but the Trolls are pushing the envelope in that regard. When they hit, they seem to win, as the weekend’s tournament results at Ashford University in downstate Morrison showed; when they don’t, it’s curtains.
Trinity’s two wins, 6-4 over Robert Morris and 8-1 over Ashford, featured 14 and 12 hits, respectively. The losses, a 9-0 five-inning thumping administered by William Penn and a 4-3 defeat against Viterbo, were mixed, with the Trolls registering only two hits versus Penn and eight — along with four errors — opposite Viterbo.
The victory over Ashford was more dominating, but beating Robert Morris was more impressive. Keyed by Samantha Radunz’s three-hit performance, Trinity used a three-run fourth inning to get going and led 6-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Eagles scored four times after two outs were registered, but were stopped before they could overtake the Trolls.
The same yin and yang on offense applied during the week, though Trinity actually outhit St. Xavier University while dropping 2-1 and 2-0 verdicts. The Trolls were also blanked, 3-0 and 4-0, by Purdue University Calumet, and shut out 6-0 in splitting a twinbill with Judson.
Trinity scored a 2-1 victory in the nightcap of that latter doubleheader, and used that momentum to sweep Purdue-North Central 2-0 and 2-1 in its next engagement. RBI singles by Jayme Love and Brianna Brugioni accounted for the runs in the opener, while Danielle Stark’s double knocked in Love with the go-ahead marker in Game 2.
• The Numbers (through April 13): 15-15 overall, 5-3 CCAC, 6-4 home, 1-4 road, 8-7 neutral. Leaders: Samantha Radunz, .438, .625 slugging percentage; Natalie Cannizzo, Anna Phillips, Jayme Love, 34 hits each; Love, 11 RBI; A. Phillips, 7 steals; Tori Grzincic, 2 HR; Brianna Brugioni, 7 wins, 59 strikeouts, 1.33 ERA; Mattie McGuire, 1 save.
• Schedule: Thursday, at Olivet Nazarene University, 3 p.m.; Tuesday, at Robert Morris University, 4 p.m.; Wednesday, at Calumet College of St. Joseph, 3 p.m.; April 24, vs. University of St. Francis, 3 p.m.; April 25, vs. Lindenwood-Belleville, 3 p.m.; April 26, at Wheaton College.
Steve Brewer is best described as compact. At 5-foot-8, the Trinity senior might be overlooked at times.
That’s a mistake. He batted .294 last year, his first season with the Trolls, and is carrying a. 337 average so far this season with 33 hits and 22 RBI.
He was a big factor in the Trolls’ two wins over Purdue-North Central on Friday and Saturday. Brewer, who played at Morton and Moraine Valley College before arriving at Trinity, was 4-for-5 with five RBI in Friday’s 7-3 victory and collected three more RBI on two hits and a sacrifice in Saturday’s 7-2 triumph.
The Panthers took the final game of the series 14-3, backed by a 16-hit attack, which left the Trolls with a 14-16 ledger entering this week’s action. They are 7-8 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Earlier in the week, the Trolls split a series with St. Xavier University, winning 5-2 and losing 5-4; dropped a pair to Robert Morris (7-6 and 12-0, the latter in seven innings); and swept Ashford University 9-2 and 3-2.
The latter contest finished dramatically. Trinity was held hitless through five innings, yet led 1-0, thanks to Mark Munizzi’s based-loaded fielder’s choice in the third inning. But Ashford scored twice in the fifth to take a 2-1 edge.
It was Munizzi, a transfer from Parkland College who starred at De La Salle, who came through again with the bases loaded in the seventh. His single to left drove home Lance Lammers and Max Zemaitis, who eluded a potential tag, to give the Trolls the deciding run.
• The Numbers (through April 13): 14-16 overall, 7-8 CCAC, 5-6 home, 4-6 road, 5-4 neutral. Leaders: Lance Lammers, .400, 9 steals; Joe McCaw, 43 hits, .560 slugging percentage; Danny Britt, 26 RBI; four players with 1 HR; Benny Collesano, Britt 3 wins each; Jimmy Hinkleman, 1.91 ERA; Brad Kopale, 3 saves; Drew Chibe, Britt, 29 strikeouts each.
• Schedule: Friday, vs. Calumet-St. Joseph, 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, vs. Calumet College of St. Joseph (2), 1 p.m.; Monday, vs. Purdue University Calumet (2), 1 p.m.; Wednesday, vs. Cardinal Stritch (2), 1 p.m.; April 25, vs. Olivet Nazarene University, 3:30 p.m.; April 26, at Olivet Nazarene (2), 12:30 p.m.; April 29, at Trinity International University (2), 1 p.m.
The poor spring weather has been reflected in the Trolls’ scoring. Practice makes perfect, but there’s been little time to practice anywhere but inside a golf dome.
The Trolls took 10th place in Bethel College’s 16-team Pilot Invitational at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind., last weekend. Trinity’s leader, freshman Jonathan Zandstra, was 26th in the field of 82 by carding a two-round score of 157 (81-76).
Zandstra’s total was three strokes lower than that of teammates Logan Vos (160; 79-81) and Spencer Ten Haken (160; 77-83), who tied for the 41st position. Alex Svabek (161; 80-81) was one shot behind that duo and 45th overall.
Trinity takes to the links again Monday and Tuesday in the CCAC Championship at Dunne National in Oak Forest. Last Tuesday’s tournament at Eagle Ridge in Galena was wiped out by bad weather, leaving Olivet Nazarene’s tournament at Balmoral Woods the final tune-up for the conference showdown.
• Scoring leaders: Logan Vos, 75, Aug. 30, Sept. 20; Jonathan Zandstra, 76, Sept. 21, Apr. 12; Spencer TenHaken, 77, April 11; Scott Ebbeling, 78, Aug. 31; Tim Hoeksema, 79, Aug. 31.