The 2009 season ended Monday in the first round of the 5th District Tournament in a 9-0 loss to top-seed Livingston Central.
“We played really well for a long period of time, but we couldn’t get anything going offensively,” Trigg head coach Jim Perrin said.
Trigg shortstop Dakotah Littlejohn led off the game with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and stole third with less than two out, but teammates failed to push her to the plate.
With Trigg trailing 2-0, Elizabeth Torian opened the fifth inning with a double and then stole third base, but she was later picked off to end Trigg’s threat.
“That play took all the momentum away from us and gave it to them,” Perrin said. “Our kids got deflated after that, and Livingston started timing [Trigg pitcher Whitney Cain] really well.”
Trigg put runners on to open the sixth and seventh innings but couldn’t advance them past second base.
Cain pitched well enough to keep the Lady ‘Cats in the contest but couldn’t overcome several mistakes by the defense, which committed four errors and other mental miscues.
“We booted a couple of plays we definitely should have made,” Perrin said.
Perrin said he was impressed with Livingston’s aggressiveness at the plate, while Trigg continued to struggle to find offense.
“It seemed like as the year progressed, we got to where we weren’t swinging the bats as well as we did early on,” Perrin said. “I don’t know exactly why, but a little faster pitching always hurts us.”
Though the season ended earlier than the Lady ‘Cats would have liked, it didn’t come to a close before Trigg was able to double its win total with a doubleheader sweep Friday at Mayfield. Those wins were sandwiched between losses to University Heights, Todd County and Hopkinsville.
Perrin said for the Lady ‘Cats to build on this season’s success, it will take hard work throughout the year, not just as the preseason nears, especially for pitchers who will have a chance to work with a pitching coach starting soon.
“A lot of positive things happened for us this season,” Perrin said. “We’ve had a lot of close games. There were eight or nine ballgames we had a chance to win where we had the lead and lost it with a bad inning. There has definitely been some improvement. If the kids will come back next year and remember what they’ve learned this year, I think they’ll be OK.”