The Troy Buchanan High Trojans have won their first three out of four games played in the opening week of their fall softball season. They have combined solid pitching with good defense, and except in their loss, their offense appears strong as well.
They hosted the rain-delayed Lead Off classic. The first scheduled day (Aug. 24) was washed out and so the 16-team field was divided into four-team pools. Teams were assigned accordingly to size of school and maximize competitiveness.
In their opener, senior pitcher Kiersten Nixon was at the top of her game in a 3-0 win over Bowling Green. Nixon pitched a no-hitter and struck out 16 hitters.
“Kiersten was in total control of that game and the girls played well behind her,” said Troy Coach Lance Richardson. The winning run scored on a big bunt by Makayla Bryant.”
In their second game, Troy got off to a strong start en route to a 15-1 win over Washington. They built an 11-0 lead through four innings. After Washington scored their only run in the fifth, Troy pushed across four more runs in the bottom of that inning to end the game.
The Trojans had 16 hits in the game led by three RBIs each from Dallis Darnell and Haylee McGinty. Nixon hit her first home run of the season. Lela Bryant had three hits in the game including a double. Natalie Sullivan had two doubles.
“ This was just a good offensive game for us,” said Richardson. “Ali Cook pitched a good game only giving up two hits and one run.”
In their third game in the tournament, Columbia Hickman got off to a fast start and held on for a 6-4 win. They pushed across four runs in the first and added one in the second. Troy battled back and cut the deficit to 6-4 with two runs in the fifth but the game was cut short due to a time limit. Nixon was charged with the loss. She allowed seven hits and struck out six in four innings of work. Cook also saw one inning of work. Troy had nine hits in the game, with Darnell, Nixon, Kenadie Suddarth, and Sullivan driving in runs.
“Hickman got to us early getting four runs in the first and we couldn’t quite recover,” said Richardson. “Unfortunately we only got in five innings because of time limit. We actually out hit Hickman and left a ton of girls on base. Just couldn’t come up with big hit.”
On Aug. 28, they played their first regular season game of the fall, traveling to Francis Howell. They came back with a 15-3 win. An 11-run third inning was the key to this win in five innings. Nixon drove in three runs including her second home run of the season. Sullivan drove in three runs and had a double. Lela Bryant and Bella Wilson had two RBIs apiece.
Nixon was the winning pitcher. She gave up only two hits and struck out 11 hitters with four walk