Trigg struck first with a run to open the game, but Murray scored twice in the third and held the lead until the ‘Cats bats woke up in the sixth.
Jared Stallons and R.J. Sholar each drove in a run to put Trigg ahead 4-3, and Hunter Allen drove them and himself in with a home run over the left field fence. Allen had pitched the first five innings for Trigg, striking out three, walking one and allowing five hits. All three Murray runs scored on Allen were unearned due to Trigg errors.
“Hunter’s been struggling pitching and at the plate,” Trigg head coach Jackie Sholar said. “I told him today that I’m looking to him for leadership even though he’s a sophomore. He did a great job, threw the ball well.”
Alex Sadler took the mound in the sixth and seventh innings. After shutting down the Tigers in his first inning of work, Sadler allowed four hits in the final frame, and Murray cut the gap to 7-6. However, Sadler induced a groudout to Allen at shortstop to end the game.
“Alex is a junior and one of our better pitchers,” Sholar said. “We were going to win or lose with him, and fortunatly we won.”
Sholar said timely hits in a tight contest should help his team’s confidence and hopefully put an end to some struggles at the plate.
“We’ve had a lot of close games that haven’t gone our way,” Sholar said. “This is a big win.”
The victory came two days after Trigg played two games apiece Friday and Saturday in Clarksville.
Friday, Trigg lost 7-5 to Clarksville Northwest and 10-0 to Brentwood, Tenn.
Against Northwest, the ‘Cats fell behind 4-1 in the second inning but scored three runs to the tie the score. The score was tied again at 5-5 after the fifth inning, but Northwest scored twice in the sixth and held on for the win.
R.J. Sholar pitched a complete game for the ‘Cats, allowing six hits, striking out six and walking two.
Sholar also led the way at the plate with two hits and a run batted in. Andre Wright added a double and an RBI.
Trigg finished with nine hits on the day but committed four errors in the field.
Against Brentwood, Trigg’s offense managed six hits – three by Sadler – but couldn’t push any runs across the plate. Zack Bridges was the losing pitcher, striking out two and walking three in two innings of work.
Saturday, Trigg picked up its only win of the tournament, blanking Hickman County 10-0 in five innings. Sadler threw a complete game, striking out five, walking one and allowing three hits.
Sholar and Cody Carrico each had two singles and two RBIs, and Sadler, Allen, Bridges and Hunter Smillie each had doubles.
The ‘Cats finished the tournament with a lopsided 18-1 loss against Clarksville Northeast. Allen was saddled with the loss after two innings of work, and Allen, Sholar and Sadler each had singles for Trigg’s only hits.
Trigg was set to host its 5th District opener against Lyon County on Tuesday (results unavailable at press time). The ‘Cats return to action with three more home games to end the week – Thursday against Caldwell County, Friday against Crittenden County and Saturday against Hopkins Central. The ‘Cats then play Monday at University Heights Academy before hosting Livingston Central next Tuesday. All varsity games begin at 5:30 p.m. except for the Saturday game against Hopkins Central, which will start at 11 a.m.