NT baseball, softball teams off to good start

By Eddie Mowen Jr. - emowen@aimmediamidwest.com

NEW PARIS — National Trail’s baseball and softball teams had a successful first week of the season.

Despite the wet conditions last week the baseball team opened with three wins in four games, while the softball team rolled to a pair of wins.

The baseball team beat a pair of Cross County Conference teams to improve to 2-0 in the CCC and split with Division I Fairborn.

The Blazers, despite committing four errors, held of Bradford on Monday, March 26, for a 4-3 win.

Cameron Harrison went 2-for-3 with a single, double and two runs scored. Peyton Lane also went 2-for-3 adding a single, double, run scored and RBI.

Payton Miller went 1-for-2 with a single, RBI, and a key sacrifice bunt late in the game. Hunter Lindsey had a go ahead RBI in the sixth inning with a ground out to short.

Miller pitched four innings giving up no runs, three hits, and striking out seven.

Lane got credit for the win throwing the last three innings. He gave up three runs, none earned, three hits, and added three strike outs.

On Friday, Trail traveled to Wright State to meet Fairborn.

The Blazers dropped the first game of the doubleheader 15-5 and rallied in the second game for a 7-6 win.

The Skyhawks used a 10-run fourth inning to pull away from a 5-5 tie in the first game to get the win.

Lane went 3-for-3 with a pair of singles and a triple. He had three RBI, scored two runs and stole two bases.

Miller went 2-for-3 adding two singles, a RBI and a stolen base.

In game two, Trail scored a run in the top of the 8th to pull out the win.

Lane had another multi-hit performance going 2-for-4 with a single, double, stolen base and a run scored. Hunter Lindsey had a pair of singles and drove in one and scored run. Angel Garabito added two bunt hits and two stolen bases. Harrison hit in the game winning run in the top of the 8th with a sac fly.

Harrison pitched four innings, allowing two runs, four hits and struck out four. Hunter Lee tossed 1 1/3 innings and allowed three runs, but only one earned.

Trail closed out the week with a 7-4 win over Franklin-Monroe on Saturday. The Blazers broke open a 2-2 game by scoring five runs in the fifth.

Harrison went 2-for-4 with two singles and scored two runs. Lane added two hits going 2-for-3 and drawing a walk and scored twice. Miller was 1-for-1 with a single and walked three times, while Joe Lawson added a pair of hits, and RBI and a run.

Trail (3-1, 2-0) was scheduled to play Mississinawa Valley on Tuesday, April 3. They will visit Milton-Union on Wednesday and will close out the week hosting Preble Shawnee for a doubleheader, beginning at 11 a.m.

Softball goes 2-0

The softball team scored 37 runs in two games against Dixie on Saturday.

Trail come out hot in the first game scoring 10 times in the first inning and cruised to a 28-9 win.

The Blazers added six runs in the second and finished off the game with nine runs in the fourth.

Davlyn Werner went 4-for-5 with two doubles. Bobbi Jean Grimes went 3-for-4 with a home run, Molly Skinner went 3-for-4 with a double and Ariel Lee went 2-for-3 with a double.

Madison Hathaway and Molly Skinner combined for the win on the mound.

In the second game, Warner pitched a complete game as Trail won 19-9.

Offensively, the Blazers were led by Lauren Sargeant, who went 4-for-4 with a double. Makena Laird went 2-for-3 with a home run. Savanna Abner went 2-for-5 with a triple and Lee went 2-for-4 with a triple.

The Blazers, who trailed 4-0 after the first inning, scored four times in the second and six times in the third to take a 10-4 lead. They led 11-5 after four and closed out the scoring with two in the fifth and six in the sixth.

The Blazers (2-0) have a full schedule this week.

They were scheduled to play Hagerstown (Ind.), on Monday, April 2 and Mississinawa Valley on Tuesday. The Blazers are to host Union City (Ind.) on Wednesday. On Thursday, they will travel to Newton and will close out the week with a double header at Preble Shawnee on Saturday.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.


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