(Byfield) Triton had two runners thrown out at third and one at the plate.
But it didn’t matter.
“We were just being aggressive,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes afterwards.
The Vikings had baserunners in every inning and defeated non-league Malden Catholic, 10-5, on Friday afternoon.
Triton had thirteen hits and everyone in their lineup reached base.
“We’re swinging the bats well,” added Coach Noyes. “Even some of the outs were loud.”
Things didn’t go so well, however, for the home team in the first two innings.
“We came out swinging,” said MC coach Ariel LaRosa.
The Lancers (4-1) had three hits in that first inning including an RBI single by Zaria Jean-Pierre to get a run.
Control issues (three straight walks) and an infield error gifted MC with three more runs.
Their lead was 4-2 after two innings.
But freshman Emma Penniman came on in the third inning for Triton and pitched five terrific innings of relief. Emma struck out seven and allowed only three hits and one unearned run.
“Emma came in and settled things down,” said Coach Noyes.
The Lancers struggled against Emma curveball.
“She had crazy spin on that ball,” said Coach LaRosa.
The MC bats may have quieted down but Triton’s didn’t.
The Vikings batted around in the third inning and got four runs. In the fifth they sent up eight batters and got four more.
Junior Haleigh Harris let the Vikings hit parade with three hits and two RBI.
“I haven’t been hitting the strongest lately,” Haleigh admitted. “Today I was more relaxed, and the hits just popped off my bat.”
Sophomore Mallory Johnson cleared the bases with a double in the fifth inning.
“Mallory has been swinging a hot stick all year,” said Coach Noyes.
Junior Grace Romine had a two-run single in the third inning.
Rightfielder Molly Hickey had a big game for the Lancers. Molly handled four chances perfectly in a tough sun field. She also threw out a Triton baserunner at third plus she led the team with two hits.
A big moment in this game was in the third inning when senior Reghan Haley earned a 2-out, 3-2 count walk with the bases loaded to tie the score. Grace Romine followed with a 2-run single to give Triton the lead for good.
Malden Catholic is in the All-Girls Conference. “We’re in a weaker conference,” said Coach LaRosa, “but playing non-conference games like this will make us a better program.”
“Once we had three girls not hit (third inning) it got into the heads of all the girls,” added Coach LaRosa.
Emma Penniman only allowed one baserunner in innings three through six. “I’m happy with how I did,” said Emma afterwards. “I threw a lot of curves.”
Both coaches are looking for improvements.
“We’ve got to get better but we’re swinging the bats well,” said Coach Noyes.
“It’ll definitely be a better game when they come to us later in the season,” said Coach LaRosa.
Maddy Jacques, Kyla Story, and Emma Penniman each scored two runs for Triton.
Jaelyn Walsh and Molly Hickey scored twice for the Lancers.
The weather at Triton always includes wind. Put the breeze with temperatures in the low 50’s and keeping warm was challenging.
Malden Catholic 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 = 5
Triton 2 0 4 0 4 0 – = 10
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