Trenton Tops Cameron In District Rematch
It was a rematch of last season’s district championship game on Thursday night at Johnson Field in Trenton as the Cameron Lady Dragons came to town. A year after Trenton ended Cameron’s season, the Lady Bulldogs proved they still have the edge on their softball rivals, sending the Lady Dragons home with a 2-1 loss in 11 innings.
Both teams were held scoreless for the first three innings, but Trenton struck in the bottom of the fourth. McKinley Hurley led off with a single and scored on a two-out triple by Cassidy Cotton to give the Lady Bulldogs an early lead. Cameron would answer in the top of the fifth, however, plating an unearned run that once again brought the game back to a tie.
Inning after inning then passed without either team finding a way to score a run. Cameron would threaten in the 10th inning, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Trenton pitcher Mallory Hooyman forced a pop-up to Megan Lynch for the first out and the Lady Bulldogs turned a double play in the next at bat as Madi Trump got the force out at first and then fired to Makaila Capeder at third for the second out, ending the inning and the Cameron threat. The double play was the second of the game for the Lady Bulldogs.
Trenton was able to capitalize on three Cameron errors in the 11th inning, scoring the game-winning run. Whitley Richman reached on an error and went to second on the play. Tosha Wilson advanced Richman to third with an infield single. Hurley then reached on a fielder’s choice, but Richman was thrown out at home as a result. Trump reached on an error with two outs, loading the bases for Capeder, who came through in the clutch. Capeder hit a ball off the third baseman. The Cameron shortstop was able to pick up the ball and fire to first, but not in time to catch Capeder. Wilson scored and the Lady Bulldogs picked up the extra-innings victory in walk-off fashion.
Trump finished with two hits and Hurley, Wilson and Cotton each had one hit. Hooyman threw all 11 frames in the circle for Trenton, picking up the win. She allowed no earned runs on four hits and eight walks, five of which were intentional. Hooyman fanned five in the game.
“We’ve struggled at times this week, but the girls played their best game of the season tonight,” Lady Bulldogs’ Head Coach John Cowling said. “Our defense stepped up when it needed to and I can’t say enough about the game that Mallory threw tonight. She held a power hitting team to one run and made every pitch she needed to.”
The extra-innings game marked the second time in two seasons Trenton and Cameron played extra frames. Last year’s regular season meeting, won by Cameron, went 14 innings. Trenton needed just the standard seven innings to top the Lady Dragons in the district championship game, however.
With the win the Lady Bulldogs improved to 11-3 on the season. Trenton will look to build off the momentum of the big victory this weekend, competing in the Mid-Buchanan Tournament.