The win sent the Wildcats to Tuesday’s championship game against top-seed and host Crittenden County (results unavailable at press time). Both teams earned bids in the 2nd Region Tournament to be held next week at Hopkinsville.
Trigg struck first Monday. David Wease ignited a two-out rally in the second inning with a ground-rule double, followed by a walk to Cody Carrico. Both advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single by senior designated hitter Cameron Sumner.
Hunter Smillie retired the first six Cardinal batters in order before running into trouble in the third inning. He walked Austin Wright, who was sacrificed to second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball with two outs. Bo Riley then reached on an error, followed by a walk to Dallas Love. Riley scored on a single by Weston Jones, then Love and Jones scored when Justin Kittel’s single squirted past Reid Kuberski in left field.
In the fourth inning, Wright was hit by a pitch and later scored on a sacrifice by Riley. It was Livingston’s final run of the game. Hunter Allen took over on the mound for Smillie – who allowed only two earned runs – with one out in the fourth and allowed only three base runners in the final three innings.
Trigg’s offense rose to the occasion in the fifth inning. Sumner got things started with a one-out single and scored on a double by Alex Sadler. Sadler later scored on a sacrifice fly by Smillie. Then, with two outs, R.J. Sholar doubled and was driven home by Allen, who appeared to have been walked on four straight pitches, but the umpire called a late strike, keeping Allen at the plate to tie the score.
The bottom of the Wildcat lineup got the job done again in the sixth. Wease doubled and scored on a two-out double by Sumner, who finished the night 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and three RBIs.
“The top of the order – R.J. Alex, Smillie and Allen – have been hitting the ball well all season, but Cameron and David have worked hard,” Trigg head coach Jackie Sholar said. “I never thought four years ago that Cameron would come through with two big hits on this stage, but he’s worked hard all four years, and when you work hard, good things happen.”
Allen was the winning pitcher, going 3.2 innings, striking out three and walking none.
Coach Sholar was happy with his team’s 10-hit performance and with Smillie and Allen combining to allow only four hits, but said the defense needed to improve after committing four errors.
“Smillie did a good job, we just had a couple of misplayed fly balls,” Sholar said. “We came back, hit the ball hard, played decent defense after that, and Hunter Allen closed the door. He’s struggled at the plate, but I told him not to worry about that and to relax, and he threw the ball well.”
The region tournament bracket will not be set until district tournaments are complete, but the first round games are likely to be held Monday.
Trigg closed its regular seasonlast Tuesday with a 9-2 win over St. Mary. Allen pitched a complete game and struck out 10, while R.J. Sholar had a single, double, three-run home run and four RBIs. Allen also stroked a two-run double.