Junior catcher Salem Croy blasted two home runs, including a game-breaking grand slam in a 10-run second inning, as the defending Grand River Conference champion Trenton Lady Bulldogs opened the 2017 GRC season with a convincing 15-0 win over visiting Maysville on Tuesday night. Croy added a three-run homer in a 4 run bottom of the 4th inning, as THS ended the contest via the run rule.
Ainsley Tolson worked around three Wolverine base hits in getting the shortened shutout, allowing only one walk. Trenton’s defense, with the game in doubt in the early innings, threw out two Maysville base-runners trying to reach third base.
With Maysville allowing six walks and committing an early fielding error in the pivotal second inning, the door opened for a potent Lady Bulldog offense to pounce on their GRC rivals. A walk to Mykah Hurley loaded the bases for Croy with Trenton already up 3-0. Tom Johnson had the call on Hot Country Z 101.7:
Trenton kept the pressure on in the 2nd ,with Maci Moore and Jayden Roeder both scoring twice in the double-digit outburst for Trenton. The Lady Bulldogs opened the scoring on a two-out triple to left field in the bottom of the 1st inning by Taylor Richman, scoring courtesy runner Kennedy Norton.
After a scoreless third inning left the Trenton lead at 11-0, Croy came up in the 4th inning, with runners on the corners and one out:
For the Trenton offense, in a win that improves the Bulldogs to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the GRC, Mykah Hurley scored twice, reaching base by a walk and an error; Taylor Richman had a pair of hits and a walk in four at bats; Sidney Lynch reached base three times in four at-bats; Maci Moore was 3 for 3 in her THS varsity home debut; Jayden Roeder reached base three times and scored twice; Ashten Whitaker walked twice and scored a run; while Lexi Whitaker was 1 for 1 with a second inning single, a sacrifice fly, with a fourth inning walk, scoring on Croy’s second home run of the game.
THS Coach John Cowling noted how the Lady Bulldogs showed the sign of a strong team, putting a big number on the scoreboard when Maysville struggled to record outs early in the second inning:
Maysville, coming off an 0-4 weekend record at the Cameron Tournament, falls to 0-5 overall, and 0-1 in the GRC. Elsewhere in the conference on Tuesday night, Putnam County won a wild affair in Milan, beating the rival Lady Wildcats by a score of 18-8, while two teams expected to be improved this year met in Princeton, with the South Harrison Lady Bulldogs grinding out a 4-3 win over the Lady Tigers. Gallatin and Polo were postponed due to wet field conditions. Trenton will play at Princeton on Thursday night, at Hamilton on Monday, before hosting Gallatin next Tuesday (August 29th).
In the Western Division, the defending champion Stanberry Lady Bulldogs hammered nearby rival Albany 12-2, while Worth County took a 7-4 win over the North Andrew Lady Cardinals.