Despite youthful personnel and injuries that limited last year’s starting catchers Grayson Bradham and Josh McMillan, Triton topped host Jack Britt, 6-5, and were competitive in a 7-5 loss to South View in baseball scrimmages on Saturday.
The Hawks had been defeated at Terry Sanford by the Bulldogs and Garner in scrimmages the previous weekend.
“Both of their pitchers (Terry Sanford and Garner) were Division I signees and were throwing in the 90s (miles per hour),” noted Triton coach Joey Miriello. “They had 11 combined Division I scholarship athletes between the two teams … and I started three freshmen.
“We competed, but I thought it was a little overwhelming for us as young as we are. Seven of my nine starters that day had never seen a varsity pitch.”
Saturday at Britt was an improvement.
“We looked much better,” Miriello said. “Still not good, but much better.”
The Hawks junior varsity and Britt played to an 8-8 tie.
Ethan Hedgepeth pitched well in the first game Saturday for the varsity. Infielder Dalen Thompson hit well and played good defense in the most recent scrimmages. Christian Tyndall hit well. Colton Neighbors had four hits and stole five bases on the day. McMillan had three hits.
Freshman Payden Crews caught the second game.
The Triton varsity opens the season at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Village Christian of Fayetteville.