By JOHN LUCAS
For The Record
Triton’s softball team bounced back from a tough loss at Corinth Holders on Tuesday with a 1-0 shutout win over visiting Two Rivers 3-A Conference foe Cleveland on Wednesday.
The Hawks visit South Johnston tonight.
“I told them last night, ‘We shot ourselves in the foot a bit, but it’s just a matter of coming back today and beating Cleveland,’” said Triton coach Mark Whitman. “Hopefully we can make a run at South. … I know they’re peaking right now. They’re playing well.
“We left a lot of runners on base tonight. Way too many. We didn’t execute things tonight. But we manufactured a run when we needed to manufacture one. Hit it hard in play and made them make the mistake.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the girls coming back after last night. Everybody was out of it last night. I take the blame for that loss, because I took myself out of the game and as a coach, you really can’t do that.”
“We knew we had to get this win,” said Triton senior Mackenzie Fenn. “We just beared down because we lost last night and we knew we just had to get the win. We were all out of it last night. It was just bad. So coach Mark talked to us before the game and told us to just take a deep breath and that we needed to win this game if we were going to stay right in the middle of the conference race.”
The day the game was originally scheduled for, April 6, senior Mackenzie Fenn’s mother passed away. On Wednesday, just her second outing since that day, Fenn pitched a complete game shutout, giving up no runs on five hits and two walks, with two strikeouts.
“It feels good,” Fenn said. “I know my mom’s still here, though. She helped, I know she did. But It feels good to have a win like this after what’s gone on.”
“Mackenzie pitched lights out tonight,” Whitman said. “After what she’s been through the last couple of weeks, she came in and hit her spots. Everything was working. And I thought we played outstanding defense.”
Julia Wiggs went the distance for the Rams (12-5, 5-2 TRC), yielding no earned runs on six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.
Anna Marie Tyndall had two hits to lead the Hawks (11-6, 4-2) at the plate.
Hayley Hicks had a double. Fenn, Kathryn Elliott and Hayden Smith had one hit apiece. Alexis Howard scored the game’s only run.
Kayla Womack had two hits and Rebecca Straka, Ali Papworth and Anna Kate Gilchrist had one hit apiece for Cleveland.
The game’s only run came in the bottom of the third. Tyndall singled to lead off the inning and Fenn walked. Howard reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an errant throw when Ashley Daniel hit into a fielder’s choice that the Rams tried to turn into a double play.
Cleveland threatened in the top of the seventh when Camryn Barbour reached on an error and Womack walked with two outs. But a ground ball to Smith at second ended the game.
The Cleveland loss gives sole possession of first place to South Johnston, which hosts rival Triton tonight.
“We know they’ve got a good pitcher (Carmen Keene) and she has a good change-up,” Fenn said. “We just have to be on it like we were tonight.”
Mackenzie Fenn held Cleveland scoreless on Wednesday night.
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