Lady Trojans dime CGA in five

CULVER — On a muggy night in Culver, Triton’s bats got hot early and stayed hot.
The result was a 13-2 diming of the host Lady Eagles at the Culver Academies Thursday.
The Lady Trojans racked up 13 hits and saw solid production up and down the lineup, scoring runs in all but one inning en route to the five-inning win.
“We feel we’re pretty decent from top to bottom, that we can score in the bottom part of the order just as easily as the top,” said Triton head coach Steve McBride. “This year maybe the best part of our order struggles in a game, we can compensate. In years past maybe we’d run into that situation, and we just couldn’t overcome it. But this year if the best part of our batting order struggles, we’re still able to score runs.”
The Lady Trojans racked up four runs in the first inning to get on top early.
Mallorie Jennings and Krystal Sellers notched back-to-back RBI singles, while Trojans pitcher Brycelyn Garbison helped her cause putting a ball in play that was mishandled at shot and scored Sellers. Courtesy runner Halie Zimmerman was eventually brought around by Jenae Kreft’s RBI single to put Triton up 4-0, which proved to be all the lead the Trojans would ever need.
Triton also used some aggressive baserunning early, stealing four bags in the first inning to put the pressure on CGA’s defense.
“It just kind of presented itself tonight,” said McBride of his team’s baserunning. “We took advantage of it. That’s normally not our team. We don’t have great team speed.”
Meanwhile inside the circle for Triton, Garbison pitched a four-hit gem, striking out seven — including a bottom of the third in which she struck out the side — while giving up no walks for no earned runs.
“Mallorie Jennings has been our number one, and Brycelyn’s our number two. Brycelyn’s been real steady for us. She’s just been excellent, and we’re very confident to put her in,” McBride said.
“Any other year, she’d be our number one pitcher. She’s behind Mallorie, and there’s not that much difference between the two. They’re just different pitchers.”
The good news for CGA is the Eagles didn’t give up the fight.
The home team never put its head down, as Nicole Stephenson and pitcher Karissa Krou scored runs in the fourth and fifth inning, respectively, off a quartet of errors in the final two frames by the Trojans.
“At the end of the game our whole approach was going to be we’re going to do whatever we have to get those two runs in to go deeper in the game. We didn’t, but next time we will,” said CGA head coach Randall Minas.
It’s been a growing year so far for the Eagles, who lost nine players from last year’s lineup and have struggled with inexperience this season. Coach Minas and his staff have gotten creative in an attempt to bring this year’s young squad up to speed as quickly as possible.
“We had 11 girls last year, and nine of them graduated or didn’t come back to school, so we have two players that played varsity,” said Minas.
“We started this year, every girl who isn’t playing has to keep score so they know where they are in the game, they know who we can put in. We call them mini-managers. They have to know where they’re at every game, and the more they know, the more chances they will have to get to play. The first courtesy runner I put in was a result of me asking what is the next thing I can do, and the first girl that said put a courtesy runner in, I put in.”
The Trojans move to 15-5 overall and will take the weekend off before a game with big Northern State Conference consequences opposite NSC unbeaten Bremen Monday.
• TRITON 13, CGA 2
At Culver
Triton: 430 24 — 13 13 4
CGA: 000 11 — 2 4 6
WP: Brycelyn Garbison; LP: Karissa Krou
2B: (T) Mallorie Jennings, Halie Zimmerman, Krystal Sellers
Record: Triton 15-5