By Todd Bryant
This past week was a big one for the Lady Tigers. Trenton played 6A Dunnellon, 1A Mayo and district rival Chiefland. The biggest game of the week was Friday night against the Chiefland Indians. In front of a large crowd, Chiefland came into the game ranked No. 8 in 1A with a record of 16-3 and was 2nd place in the district. Chiefland had earlier district losses to Trenton and Bell.
Freshman Darian Ingram started again on the mound for the Tigers. Working on 3 days rest Ingram began the first inning with a groundball out, single, walk, strikeout, and ended the inning with a strikeout. The Indians were scoreless in the first inning and the Tigers came up ready to hit. Sophomore Hallie Bryant led off with a single that bounced over the 3rd baseman’s head, stole second, and moved to 3rd on an illegal pitch. Junior Taniah Bowers walked, and stole second to have runners on 2nd and 3rd. The third batter, Senior Josie NesSmith, hit a sharp ground ball and Chiefland’s defense wasn’t able to complete the play. That play scored Bryant and sent Bowers to 3rd and NesSmith to 2nd. The clean up hitter, Junior Bryn Thomas, laid down a perfect squeeze bunt with a 1-1 count that scored Bowers and ended up being a single for Thomas. NesSmith moved to 3rd on the bunt and Thomas stole second with the next batter up. After the first out, with Freshman Lillian Wilkerson up to hit, the Tigers again executed a perfect squeeze bunt on a 1-0 count to score the third run of the inning. With the score 3-0 after 1 inning Ingram went back to the mound and started chipping away at the Indian hitters. In the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innings she faced only 3 hitters. For the game Ingram gave up 4 hits, 1 walk and had 7 strikeouts. Offensively the Tigers had a strong night. Bryn Thomas led all hitters going 4-4 with two doubles and 3 RBIs. Thomas was named the Prep Zone player of the game for her efforts. Hallie Bryant was 3-4 with 4 stolen bases and 3 runs, and Josie NesSmith was 2-4 with a double, 2 runs and 2 RBIs. The Tigers continued to put pressure on the Indians the entire game and were able to end it in the 6th inning when Thomas doubled with the bases loaded and no outs to make the score 10-0. The Tigers improved to 17-2 overall and 8-0 in district play.
On Monday, Trenton had knocked off 6th ranked 6A Dunnellon with a score of 8-1. Ingram pitched all 7 innings for Trenton and gave up only 2 hits and 3 walks with 12 strikeouts. The one run was unearned from 3 Trenton errors. Offensively, Josie NesSmith led the Tigers going 3-4, Bryn Thomas was 2-4 with 2 stolen bases and 2 runs, and junior Zakyah Frazier was 2-3 with 2 runs. Freshman Adrian Ingram added a hit, a sacrifice fly, 2 stolen bases and 2 RBIs.
On Tuesday Trenton faced Mayo at home and started left hander Josie NesSmith on the mound. Despite a sore back NesSmith pitched all 7 innings for the Tigers, giving up 1 unearned run on 6 hits, 4 walks and 4 strike outs. Offensively the Tigers only had five hits. Hallie Bryant and NesSmith were identical at the plate each going 2-3 with two stolen bases and a run scored. The Lady Tigers won 2-1.
This week, depending on the weather, the Tigers are supposed to play 7A Columbia High School in Lake City on Monday, in Branford on Tuesday for a district game, and back at home Friday to play Bell and finish up the District 7 regular season. The Bell game will include Senior Night for Josie NesSmith as well as having youth players from the Gilchrist League come to the game and stand with their favorite player during the National Anthem. Gilchrist League players get in free if they are with a paying adult and wear their uniform shirt. Come out and support the Lady Tigers.
Lady Tigers shut out Lady Indians
By Todd Bryant