Grizzlies win in dramatic fashion; Drongesen, Trinidad shine

By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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As the rain got heavier, Granite Bay second baseman Trevor Trinidad brought welcome relief to all assembled (except perhaps for those in the Bella Vista dugout) when he led off the home half of the seventh inning with a game-winning home run Tuesday in the second round of the Granite Bay Spring Break Tournament. The senior’s long ball provided the winning margin as the Grizzlies beat Bella Vista 4-3 Tuesday at Granite Bay. The day did not start out quite so well for Granite Bay, as southpaw Brandon Wilkerson got the nod on the bump, but was unable to get out of the second stanza due to tightness in his arm. “He has missed time with the injury, but pitched well the last time,” said Granite Bay pitching coach Dave Brown. “We were planning on letting him go as far as he could today to get some work, but he was having some problems, so we shut him down.” Wilkerson got a huge strikeout to shut down the first inning, holding the Broncos scoreless after they loaded the bases, but after a lead-off home run and a couple of outs in the second, he had to be removed. Granite Bay went first to Jon Siino, who spends most of his time as the Grizzlies’ bullpen catcher, before handing the ball to newly discovered relief ace Riley Drongesen. Coming on midway through the third inning, with Granite Bay trailing 3-1, Drongesen slammed the door on Bella Vista the rest of the way, opening the door for a Grizzly comeback. “Riley came to me a few days back and told me he wanted to do whatever he can to help the team,” said Brown. “He asked if he could throw a bullpen, and after not pitching since Little League, he has come up huge the last two days for us.” Andrew Knapp (2-for-3, 3 RBIs in the game) leveled the contest with a two-run double in the bottom of the third, and the pitchers dominated the middle innings, which set the stage for Trinidad’s walk-off heroics. “The Trinidad home run will be what people remember from today,” Brown said. “The real story of the day was Drongesen.” The Grizzlies (12-5) are back in action Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. when the close out the tourney with a game against Union Mine.