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Lady Trojans open district with win over Kingsbury

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Lady Trojan Ally Hall to first

Lady Trojan senior Mia Prescott races to first base during last week's District 14-3A Softball Tournament game against Kingsbury at Bolton Softball Field.

Lady Trojan senior Mia Prescott races to first base during last week’s District 14-3A Softball Tournament game against Kingsbury at Bolton Softball Field.

ARLINGTON — The typical 15-run win in softball includes a lot of walks and pitching errors.
Entering the first round of the District 14-3A Softball Tournament at the Bolton Softball Field, Kingsbury entered its game with a unpolished pitcher. The Millington Lady Trojans took advantage of that in two regular season games winning going away.
But the Lady Trojans took a different approach Friday afternoon against the Lady Falcon hurler attacking her pitching. With several hits Millington advanced in the winners’ bracket to play Arlington with a 16-1 victory.
One of the big hits came off the bat of senior third baseman Ariel Trice with a double off the wall in the  in the second inning making the score 8-1.
“It felt great coming off the bat,” she acknowledged. “I wasn’t aiming for the fence or anything. But it did feel great coming off the bat.”
Several Lady Trojans felt that feeling Friday starting with senior Mia Prescott. Her single in the first inning made the score 2-0. Despite hitting a laser for an out, Ally Hall made the score 3-0.
Millington catcher Ashlee Bone made the score 4-0 with a single entering the second inning. The Lady Falcons stretched out a run against Hall in the second inning.
The Lady Trojans scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning with Katie Dupree driving in the first run in that rally. Then Emily Stewart singled in the sixth Lady Trojan run of the game.
Trice hit drove in two runners making the score 8-1. After Hall drove in her second run of the game, a passed ball allowed another Millington base runner to score.
The Lady Trojans were ahead 10-1 coming into the third inning. But the end of the third frame, Millington was ahead 11-1.
Millington got a big hit from Erica Coursey to ice the game. Her double drove in a pair of base runners to make the score 13-1. Amanda Healy struck a base hit to make the score 15-1.
Although Millington won going away, Head Coach Rick Hearn noted the performance Kingsbury was lacking the intensity he saw in the regular-season finale.
“We kind of drug around a little bit today,” he acknowledged. “But we played pretty good up at Munford the other day. Ally pitched the best ball game she’s probably pitched all year. We did lose a couple in the sun later in the ball game. Things were going pretty good for us there. We did play a little bit better defense and showed some signs of life.
“If we can go and play like we did at Munford throughout seven innings, we might have a chance to slip up on Bartlett and Bolton,” Hearn added. “We’re still a developing ball club with Ally pitching and Ashlee behind the plate.”
Trice said both Bone and Hall have been performing better. And the young duo has to put its faith in all the bats in the lineup and gloves behind them to have more success in districts.
“We’re going to have to work harder if we face Bartlett,” she concluded. “We just have to swing the bats more and on defense know were the runners are. Ally had been doing a lot better, I want her to trust her defense behind her.”

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