Triton’s varsity baseball team competed early, but a four-run fifth inning powered visiting Tri-County Six 3-A Conference foe Southern Lee to a 10-5 win on Tuesday.
“Those middle three innings have been our problem all year,” said Triton coach Jacob Willis. “Just like the other night (a 4-3 win over Lee County Friday), we had a little bit of a lull. We were able to overcome it the other night and tonight we couldn’t. Bottom line is those middle three innings is our hump or our Achilles’ heel, whatever you want to call it. We’ve just got to get better.”
Sophomore Kale Scruggs pitched the complete game win for the Cavaliers (3-2, 2-1 TCSC), giving up three earned runs on six hits, two walks and one hit batter, with five strikeouts.
Sophomore Xander Johnson had a double, one RBI and one run scored, sophomore Anthony Jones had one hit, one RBI and one run scored and senior Sam Capps had a triple and two runs scored to lead the Hawks (3-4, 1-2).
Dylan Smith had one hit and one run scored. Payden Crews and Ethan Glover had one hit apiece. Dalen Thompson had one RBI.
Sophomore Ashton Donathan had three hits, including a double, three RBIs and one run scored and sophomore Jalan Jones had two hits, including a double, four RBIs and one run scored to lead the Cavaliers.
Southern Lee scored one run in the first inning, two in the third, one in the fourth, four in the fifth and two in the sixth. Triton scored one run in the first inning, two in the second and one apiece in the fourth and fifth.
The teams meet again when Triton travels to Southern Lee on Friday.
“We’ve got to compete the whole ball game,” Willis said. “Compete the whole ball game and stay up the whole ball game. Play a full seven innings is what it’s going to take.”