Lady Bulldogs Open Year With Victory
The Trenton Lady Bulldogs overcame a bit of a sluggish start on Wednesday, breaking through for a 7-2 win over Gallatin in the season opener at Johnson Field in Trenton.
The Lady Bulldogs failed to score in either of the opening two frames, despite having runners on second and third bases with only one out in the first inning. Gallatin would get the game’s first run, plating one in the top of the third inning. In the bottom of the frame, however, Trenton began to show just how capable their offense was.
Madi Trump reluctantly got things started when she was hit by a pitch. Trump went to third when Megan Lynch stuck a double in the left-centerfield gap and Ally Ockenfels drove in both runners with a two-out double.
Trenton would plate four more runs in the fifth, another rally that began with a free pass. Makaila Capeder drew a walk and Trump followed with a single, reaching base for the third-straight time to open the season. A walk by Lynch loaded the bases and Daryian Otto reached on a Gallatin error, scoring another Trenton run. Whitley Richman and Lexi Tolson capped off the inning with run-scoring singles.
Gallatin came back with a run in the sixth, but that would be all the visitors would get. Trenton responded with its final run of the game, however, coming in the bottom of the sixth when McKinley Hurley singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Trump.
On the hill, Mallory Hooyman picked up the victory, throwing all seven frames. allowing two runs on six hits, two walks and three Trenton errors while striking out five.
“I thought this was a great win for a young group that is still trying to work in so many new starters,” Lady Bulldogs’ Head Coach John Cowling said. “We got contributions up and down our lineup and Mallory did a great job working out of jams all game.”
With the win, Trenton established a 1-0 record to start the season.
The junior varsity was not so lucky as they suffered a 4-0 loss to Gallatin’s JV squad. Otto pitched the first three frames yielding three runs on five hits while striking out five. Hurley threw the final two innings allowing no runs on two hits and struck out two. At the plate the JV was led by Jaylen Neff, who had Trenton’s only hit in five innings.
Both the varsity and JV will be back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 3 as they travel to Lawson. The varsity game gets things started at 5 p.m.
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