Triton topped at home, suffers first loss

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Posted 3/23/22

Triton baseball hosted Terry Sanford on Tuesday for a showcase of the All American Conference's top two teams.

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Triton topped at home, suffers first loss

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ERWIN — Xander Johnson scored the game's first run at home Tuesday, but it was ultimately the last for Triton in a 5-1 loss to fellow All American Conference heavyweight Terry Sanford.

The Hawks (7-1, 4-1 AAC), who are out to their best start since 2016, fall one win shy of tying the eight straight they had to open that season. 

Meanwhile, Terry Sanford (6-2, 5-0 AAC) remains undefeated in league play and slides one game above in the standings.  

Johnson used a lead-off walk, then some slick baserunning, in the first inning to eventually plate the contest's first run when Anthony Jones hit a hard ground ball to the right infield. 

Hawks starter Hayden Pope went 5 1/3 innings, striking out five while giving up just one hit, and got help from Johnson on the infield to hold the Bulldogs scoreless through three. 

In the top of the fourth, Brady Gore got on, then stole second before eventually coming around to knot things at 1. Pope would exit with one out in the sixth, giving way to three Bulldogs runs with Nathan Townsend and Nathan Brown both notching an RBI. 

Brown also put together a complete game on the mound, giving up the one run and three hits through seven innings. The visitors gave Brown more insurance by bringing one across in the seventh. 

Triton looks to even the season series, and begin another streak, when the two clubs play again Friday in Fayetteville. 

Braxton Davis and Jalen Evans each added a hit for the Hawks. 

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