TRINIDAD, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team held an early lead but No. 13 Trinidad State Junior College scored runs in the final six innings to register a 12-6 Empire Conference victory Saturday in Trinidad, Colorado.
Trinidad moves to 19-2 in conference play and 31-6 overall while the Cougars fall to 5-9 in conference and 7-24 overall. The two squads will be back in action Sunday for a doubleheader.
Trinidad struck first, plating two in the first. WNCC came back to grab a 3-2 lead in the second. WNCC had three straight singles to start the inning from Jonathan Bermudez, Tyler Olson, and then a run-scoring single from Esai Hernandez. WNCC went ahead on run-scoring ground outs by Claude Bova and Tyler Schubert.
Trinidad came back, after falling behind 3-2, to plate runs in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth for a 12-5 lead.
WNCC plated two in the seventh as Bova blasts a lead-off solo home run. Brandan Maher added a second run, singling home Braden Lofink. The Cougars added a single run in the ninth as Bermudez doubled home Maher, but that was as close as WNCC could get.
The Cougars finished with 10 hits in the contest while the Trojans had 19. Bova led the Cougars from the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, home run, two RBIs, and a run scored. Bermudez and Olson each had two hits in the contest. Bermudez had a double with a RBI and run scored.
Alex Oehme suffered the loss on the mound, tossing six innings in scattering 15 hits, allowing nine runs and striking out two. Zach Berg tossed the final two innings, allowing four hits, three runs, and striking out one.
WNCC (7-24) 030 000 201 – 6 10 4
Trinidad (31-6) 202 311 12x – 12 19 0
LP – Alex Oehme
2B – Jonathan Bermudez, Claude Bova
HR – Claude Bova