Triton softball rallies past Swett

by | Mar 19, 2018 | Triton

Hayden Smith, shown earlier in the season making a catch, had another big hit in Triton’s last turn at the plate on Monday night. (Dunn Area Sports Photo/John Lucas)

Triton’s varsity softball team trailed host Purnell Swett 3-1 going to the seventh inning on Monday night but the Hawks put up five runs for a 6-3 win.

Hayden Smith had a three-run double in the big inning in support of a complete-game pitching effort by Gracyn Slaughter.

Smith drove in two runs in the eighth inning on Friday night in a 9-7 win at Western Harnett.

A single by Slaughter started Triton in the top of the seventh. Alexis Howard singled and Brittany Ireland reached on an error to load the bases. Kathryn Elliott drew a bases-loaded walk to cut the lead to 3-2.

Smith’s two bagger on a 1-2 count gave the Hawks (7-0) a 5-3 lead. Triton got its last run on a passed ball.

Howard had an RBI single in the fifth for the first run for the Hawks.

Kaila Cooney, Elliott and Samantha Herring also had hits for Triton.

Slaughter allowed four hits and walked one while striking out six. Two of Swett’s runs were earned.

Her performance came with the Hawks waiting on the return of pitchers Caroline Marshall (flu) and Leanna Whaley (strained elbow).

The Rams slipped to 3-3.

“The girls didn’t quit,” said Triton coach Mark Whitman. ” … We got hits when we needed them.”

Whitman brought up some junior varsity players to fill personnel voids.

The Hawks host Western Harnett on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.


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