The best players come through on the biggest stage. It doesn’t get much better than what Robert Adams did for Trinity on Wednesday night.
In the first game of the Class 4A state championship series, Adams dominated on the mound and at the plate to lead the Wildcats to a 3-2 win over Brooks.
The series continues at 4 p.m. today at Riverwalk Stadium as the Wildcats (30-9) go for their third championship in four years.
“Pitching coach (Jarrod) Cook has told us to stay relaxed all season long. And I just kept thinking that, taking deep breaths after each pitch, and we worked through it,” Adams said. “Our defense made some big plays, Michael (Sellers) made a big play and we got out of them.”
Adams threw all seven innings, striking out nine batters and throwing 131 pitches. He also went 4-for-4 at the plate and scored a run.
“I thought (Adams) did a great job tonight and battled through some things. We had some two-out opportunities that we didn’t play defense well but overcame some of that stuff,” Trinity coach Ken Whittle said. “We did some great jobs defensively as well, stopped some of that stuff. Great poise by Robert and also great poise for our defense.”
Trinity scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second. Dalton Hill, John Hall and Michael Sellers each had RBIs.
But Sellers, a shortstop, made his biggest play in the field. With runners on second and third, Sellers made a diving stop to limit Brooks to just one run and preserve the lead.
“We just teach our pitchers, ‘Throw the ball, let them hit and let our defense work.’ So I saw the opportunity and just made a play,” Sellers said. “It ended up being a pretty big play I guess.”
The Wildcats — who had to win their final series of the regular season against St. James just to get into the playoffs — has now won all nine of its playoff games.
“We just have to play the way we’ve been playing all year. We’ve faced some adversity, we’ve played some pretty good teams, so this team, it’s not that big of a difference going out there and playing against good pitching,” Sellers said. “We’ve just got to go out and do the same thing we’ve been doing all year.”