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Titans upend Royals in battle of ranked teams

C-T Staff Report

LEWISVILLE - The Class A No. 1 Tri High School softball team raised its record to 5-1 with a big win over Class 2A No. 8 Eastern Hancock 11-3 Friday evening. The game had been moved up from Saturday due to forecasted rainy weather.

The Titans’ Payton Moore once again was the winning pitcher in the contest, recording 11 strikeouts with no walks.

“Eastern Hancock is a quality team and it was nice to come out and control the game from the outset,” said Titan Co-Coach Duke Falck.

Tri scored in every inning with the exception of the fifth and recorded 15 hits on the evening, with many extra base hits.

In the bottom of the first inning, Tri put two runs on the board to grab an early lead. With one out, Moore got a single up the middle to get things started. She advanced to second on Lauren Bouslog’s single. They both moved up a base on a wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position.

Kierstyn Conyers then hit a line shot to the second baseman who made a great play to record the out. With two outs, Kaley Harrison stepped to the plate and hit a long drive off the top of the fence that came back in for a double which scored both Moore and Bouslog. That ended the scoring for the Titans in the frame.

In the second inning, Tri held the Royals scoreless once again and built on its two-run lead. With one out, Breanna Reece was hit by a pitch and Kassidy Stewart walked to give the Titans runners at first and second. Destiny Taylor laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position. Moore then hit another single to score both Reece and Stewart and give Tri a 4-0 lead.

Once again in the third inning the Royals down went in order, as two strikeouts and a ground out to Moore ended the top of the third for Eastern Hancock.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Lady Titans continued the offensive onslaught with three more runs. Conyers led off the inning with a single and Harrison got her second of four doubles on the evening, putting her and Conyers in scoring position. Abi Busby popped up to the second baseman which brought Chloe Gentry to the plate.

With a full count, Gentry hit the first home run at Lady Titan field with a blast to left field off of the scoreboard to plate three runs. Reece then hit a single to continue the inning for Tri. With two away, Destiny Taylor also singled to put two runners on. But Tri was unable to capitalize, leaving two stranded.

In the top of the fourth, the Royals managed to get on the board. Webster led off with a single and Truitt sacrifice-bunted her to second base. Micha Black then doubled to left field to score the run. 

Tri answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Bouslog led the inning off with a triple to right center field and scored on a RBI groundout by Conyers. With one out, Harrison smashed her third double of the game to get into scoring position. Busby hit a line shot to the right fielder for the second out. That brought Gentry to the plate with two outs. She hit another line shot off the fence for a double to score Harrison and record her fourth RBI of the evening.

After both teams went scoreless in the fifth inning, the Royals scored two runs in the top of the sixth with a two-run home run by Black.

Tri answered in the bottom of the frame with two runs of their own. Bouslog and Conyers had back-to-back singles. Harrison then ripped her fourth double and third RBI of the game with a smash off of the centerfield fence, scoring Bouslog. Busby was walked to load the bases. Kennedy Peggs entered as a courtesy runner for Busby. Gentry hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Conyers for her fifth RBI of the night.

Moore retired the Royals in order to end the game. Tri plays Anderson Prep Monday.