The victory advanced the Wildcats to Tuesday’s district title game against Crittenden County (results unavailable at press time), who eliminated Livingston Central in the other first round game. Trigg and Crittenden automatically qualify for the 2nd Region Tournament, which is set to begin Monday at Madisonville-North Hopkins. Trigg’s record was 18-13 entering Tuesday.
Trigg faced Lyon County’s top pitcher, senior Ramsey Walker, and got to him early. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Donald Bush singled and scored on a double by Will Stagner, who scored on a triple by R.J. Sholar.
“I told our guys that if they could get to [Walker] early, he has a tendency to fall apart,” Trigg coach Jackie Sholar said. “We got some key hits in the first inning and just kept rolling after that.”
In the bottom of the third, Bush singled, stole two bases and scored on a single by Sholar. Trigg added four runs in the fourth and four more in the sixth.
Lyon County didn’t get to Trigg pitcher Shane Banks until the sixth inning when the Lyons pushed two runs across with no outs. Banks was replaced by Bush, who pitched a scoreless sixth, and Stagner shut the door in the seventh.
“Shane’s fastball wasn’t as lively as it has been,” Sholar said. “He kept us in the game and kept them off-balance. It wasn’t his A-game, but it was good enough to win.”
Bush played despite missing practice over the weekend due to illness.
“I didn’t want to throw him more than one inning because he might come back [Tuesday],” Sholar said of Bush.
Trigg County finished its regular season slate with a 4-1 win Friday at Russellville after losing 10-0 Thursday at Madisonville-North Hopkins and 5-3 last Tuesday against Muhlenberg South.
The draw for the region tournament is scheduled for Saturday.
Sholar said reaching the region tournament with Monday’s win relieved a little pressure.
“Our goal was to win the district this season, but it’s good to know where already in the region tournament,” Sholar said. “That makes it easier for us, but it’s always better to come out of the district as a winner rather than the runner-up.”