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Tri defeats Wapahani in softball

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LEWISVILLE—The Tri High School softball team remained undefeated at 5-0 with a 9-3 win over visiting Wapahani Tuesday evening. Chloe Gentry went to 4-0 in the circle in pitching a complete game for the Titans. She struck out seven Raider batters and walked four in the game. The Titan defense played clean in the field with no errors in the contest.

At the top of the first inning, Wapahani sent four batters to the plate but was unable to produce a run in the opening stanza even though it threatened. Alyvia Smith had a one-out single and advanced to second when Katie Bray was hit by a pitch.

Emma Schuck hit a deep fly ball to centerfield that looked like it was going to be extra bases. But Tri centerfielder Kennedy Peggs tracked it down, making an over-the-shoulder catch and doubling up Smith at second who had left the base early thinking it was going to be a hit. This ended the Raider threat.

In the bottom of the first inning, Tri got on the board with three runs. After the first two Titan batters grounded out to shortstop, Kaley Harrison reached on an error by the second baseman. Madison Hill followed that up with a double to right centerfield to put runners at second and third.

Abi Busby drew a walk to load the bases for Anastasia Sorrell. Sorrell blasted the ball over the right fielder's head for a three RBI double to give Tri the early lead. Taylor Craft then singled to put runners on the corners, but neither scored in the inning.

No one scored in the second inning and Wapahani didn't in their half of the third. The Titans came to bat in the bottom of the third looking to add to their lead. Harrison reached first base on a dropped third strike by the catcher. Hill then reached on a throwing error by the Raider third baseman leaving runners on the corners.

Hill stole second base to put both runners in scoring position. After a groundout to shortstop, Sorrell drove in Harrison with a single to left field leaving the bases loaded for Kennedy Peggs. Peggs ripped a double to right centerfield to to clear the bases for the Titans, and she advanced to third on the throw to the plate trying to throw out Craft. Gentry then beat out an infield single and Peggs scored giving Tri an 8-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, the Titans added their last run of the game when Harrison led off with a single and Morgan Richey came in to run for her. Hill grounded into a fielder's choice leaving her at first base when Sorrell ripped a triple to right field giving Tri a 9-0 lead going into the fifth.

Neither team scored in the fifth although the Titans left a runner on third base in the inning. Wapahani was able to end Gentry's shutout bid with a run in the sixth and tacked on two more in the top of the seventh before the Titans shut them down. Tri will host Northeastern today at Titan field.

In JV action, Tri defeated Wapahani 18-6. Kennedy Peggs was the winning pitcher. Peggs, Sorrell, and Trinity Baker each had two hits. Ashtyn Harvey and Malia Hewitt each had a hit in the game for the Titans.