By The Globe Gazette staff
MILLINGTON, Tenn. — Newman product and NIACC freshman Bryce Ball smacked his first collegiate home run as the Trojans rolled to a pair of victories Saturday. NIACC held off Highland (Illinois) 6-4 in its first game and closed out with a 9-6 victory over Lincoln Trail (Illinois).
"Bryce had a good trip," NIACC coach Travis Hergert said. "I thought he had really good at-bats after the first day and he's locked in pretty good. He's a confident kids right now."
Ball had a pair of singles and an RBI in the opener while Ezequias Encarnacion added a double, single and two RBIs for the Trojans (5-4).
Spencer Chirpin picked up the win on the mound with five strikeouts and one walk in four innings. Chase Stewart earned a two-out save after NIACC allowed four runs in the seventh.
Tyler Lien struck out eight and allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings to earn the victory.