The Trenton Lady Bulldogs and Putnam County Lady Midgets began their new softball lives in the Grand River Conference with statement wins on Tuesday night, as Trenton walloped an over-matched Maysville Lady Wolverine squad, 17-0 in three innings, while Putnam County had an easier-than-anticipated 11-1 victory over the Milan Lady Wildcats.
In the Trenton win, broadcast on Hot Country Z 101.7, the Lady Bulldogs scored their first two runs of the season in the first inning, as a Taylor Richman single scored courtesy runner Tenna Roberts and Whitley Richman. From there, the floodgates opened for THS, as the Lady Bulldogs opened the advantage with five runs in the second, and slammed the door on Maysville with a ten-run third inning.
In her first varsity start, playing at third base, Lexi Whitaker led off the 2nd inning with a triple, and was driven home on a Shayla Woodside double. Woodside scored on a Ainsley Tolson single to keep the merry-go-round going. Salem Croy sent Tolson in on a double.
In the third inning, Trenton highlights included a near home run, as Tolson hit the center field fence on the fly for a run-scoring double, while Whitaker added an RBI double, while Jayden Roeder joined the hit parade with a two-run single.
From the circle, Tolson allowed one hit and struck out five in three shutout innings. The Lady Bulldogs did commit two errors in the win.
Trenton will host the Princeton Lady Tigers on Thursday night at 5:30 at the Ebbe Sports Complex, with Maysville welcoming South Harrison in the Wolverines next game, also Thursday at 5:30.
South Harrison lost a 1-0 lead late in its Tuesday night conference opener with Princeton, as the Lady Tigers tied the game, then, on the power of a two-run homer by Payton Goodin, won the contest by a score of 3-1 in Bethany. It is the second victory in four days for the Lady Tigers against the Lady Bulldogs, as Princeton claimed a 4-2 on Saturday in the North Harrison Tournament quarterfinals in Eagleville.
The Putnam County Lady Midgets, in a game heard on KTTN FM 92.3, outplayed the rival Milan Lady Wildcats, cruising to an 11-1 win in Unionville, as the fierce rivals played one another in their GRC debuts. In was an unexpectedly tough night for Milan, as the Lady ‘Cats were hurt by poor baserunning, combined with the inability to keep Putnam County off the scoreboard.
Highlights for Milan included Breanna Sawyer going 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Erin Sayre getting 2 hits in 2 at bats, and Courtney McCollum cracking a pair of doubles in a pair of at-bats.
Milan’s GRC home opener is Thursday night against Polo, a 5:30 start time from Legion Field. Putnam County looks to go 2-0 in their new conference digs, hosting Gallatin on Thursday night at 5:30.
Polo sprung a mild upset on Tuesday night, as the Lady Panthers made the trek to Gallatin to battle the Lady Bulldogs. Polo impressively jumped out to a 5-1 lead, bent a little bit late, but held on for a 5-3 triumph.