Caeden Trenkle stepped to the plate with bases loaded, bottom of the ninth in a 4-4 tie with in-state rival Oklahoma. Any result but, maybe a strikeout or hard-hit grounder would certainly end it.
In a 1-1 count, Trenkle got a fastball just below the knees, flicked his hands and lined it past the diving second baseman for a walk-off single, the second walk-off win this season for the Cowboys.
“I thought I missed my pitch with the foul ball I hit before, but thankfully he threw me one right after that and I got the bat where it needed to be,” Trenkle said. “It was awesome getting to celebrate with my teammates like that, it never gets old.”
The inning itself couldn’t have gone more perfectly.
Josh Holliday decided to pinch hit Justin Campbell in place of Brock Mathis to start the inning, and that paid off when he roped a fastball into right field for a base hit.
Campbell has delivered in clutch moments before, so the decision wasn’t a hard one for Holiday. He’s not just a pitcher, that’s for sure.
Holliday’s mindset was also to use what he has and hope to end it then and there.
Extra innings wasn’t a desire.
“I’m glad that it played out the way it did, I don’t think either team had the pitching behind that at mid-week to play one of those traditional extra-inning games,” Holliday said.
After Campbell’s leadoff single, Jaxson Crull and Hueston Morrill put on a bunting clinic.
Crull perfectly placed one between the pitcher and the charging third-baseman for a bunt single. Holliday isn’t surprised by the expertise from Crull, he’s been practicing that more than anybody else.
“There’s not one player on our team who takes advantage of the opportunities to better himself as a bunter more than Jaxson Crull,” Holliday said. He does it every day, he does it with intent and he works on the different angles of bunting.”
Morrill followed it up with a bunt down the third-base line that he also legged out for a single.
Bases loaded, nobody out. Just goes to show that even though it often goes unnoticed, bunting is extremely important and can be the difference in close games like Tuesday.
“I give all the credit to those guys in front of me,” Trenkle said. “They made my job easy.”
Tuesday’s win put Holliday at 300 wins in his coaching career. The fans celebrated the achievement after it was announced and put on the massive video board in left field.
There aren’t many better ways to hit that mark than in a walk-off Bedlam win. Holliday didn’t have much to say about it after the game, but his players weren’t shy in expressing what his achievement means to them.
“It’s extremely special,” pitcher Brett Standlee said. “He’s a great coach, we love him to death and he would do anything for his players. There’s a lot of love and support in this community, and it’s very honoring and very humbling. It’s a special thing to be a part of that 300th win.”