The Wildcats topped defending 2nd Region champion Christian County 9-7 in Monday’s season-opener.
“It’s always tough playing Christian County first, and we’ve done it the last three years,” Trigg head coach Jackie Sholar said. “We knew they’d be down a little bit, but they’re still Christian County and they’re still good. That’s the biggest win at Trigg County since I’ve been here.”
Trigg opened the contest with a three-run first inning on a two-run triple by Will Stagner and a sacrifice groundout by R.J. Sholar.
The Colonels got on the board in the bottom of the second inning on a bases-loaded walk to Jordan Williams by Wildcat starter Donald Bush. Bush gave up two more runs – one earned – on a single and a sacrifice in the fourth to tie the score at 3-3.
Another error in the fifth led to Bush’s fourth allowed run and put Christian County ahead 4-3. Bush then switched to shortstop, bringing Shane Banks to the mound.
After recording outs to the next two batters, Banks hit Cole Isom with a pitch, but Banks didn’t allow another baserunner until the seventh inning.
“Donald pitched a great game, but he had some errors behind him,” Sholar said. “We knew coming in he’d be our No. 1 or No. 2 with Shane. Shane stepped in and hit his spots. He got a little nervous at the end but got the job done.”
The ‘Cats provided Banks some insurance at the plate. With Bush and Stagner on base to start the sixth inning, Sholar reached base on an error. Bush scored on the play to tie the game at 4-4, and Stagner was called out on a play at the plate.
“We’re going to be aggressive at the plate and on the basepaths,” Sholar said. “I got Will thrown out at home, and the cardinal rule is to not make the first out at home, but the right fielder made a heck of a play. It looked like the catcher tagged Will high, but they made a good play.”
Josh Green and Hunter Smillie each singled to load the bases, and sophomore Alex Sadler, playing in his first varsity game, walked to drive in a run, putting Trigg ahead 5-4.
The ‘Cats added four runs in the seventh. Banks reached on an error and scored after a walk to Bush and a sacrifice fly by Stagner. After Sholar walked and Green was hit by a pitch, Smillie drove Bush home with a bloop single. Sadler then drove a two-run double to center field to put Trigg ahead 9-4.
After Banks struck out Kyle Spencer to start the bottom of the seventh, the Colonels started a rally and scored three runs with two outs, but Banks settled down and got the final out.
Sholar said the win was made bigger by Trigg’s struggles in the field. The Wildcats committed four errors in the contest.
“Early in the season, you’re going to make some errors,” Sholar said. “They were probably trying too hard. They wanted this game. The kids did what they were supposed to do. We’ll make mistakes early, but we’ll get over them.”
Trigg was scheduled to host Fort Campbell on Tuesday. Results were unavailable at press time.
The Wildcats will host Union County at 5:30 p.m. Thursday before playing three games at Murray over the weekend. Trigg faces Murray at 4:30 p.m. Friday, then plays Heath immediately after that. At 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Trigg will face Ballard Memorial.
The Wildcats get next week started with a home game at 5:30 p.m. Monday against Hopkinsville before traveling Tuesday to Dawson Springs.
Trigg County 9, Christian County 7
Monday @ Hopkinsville
Trigg 300 002 4 – 9 11 4
Christian 010 210 3 – 7 10 2
Trigg: Bush – 4 IP, 4 R
(2 ER), 8 H, 3 BB, 4 K
Banks (W, 1-0) –
3 IP, 3 R (3 ER), 2 H,
3 BB, 6 K
Trigg: Banks – 1-3, walk,
Bush – 3-3, walk,
Stagner – 2-2, triple,
3 RBI, 2 runs
Sholar – 0-2, RBI,
Green – 1-3, run
Smillie – 2-4, RBI
Sadler – 2-3, double,