Trenton softball undefeated and nationally ranked

The Trenton softball and baseball teams are off to a good start in 2021, going a combined 7-1 to begin the season.

The Lady Tigers are currently 3-0, haven’t lost since 2019, and are ranked 19th nationally in the MaxPreps Top 25 preseason rankings.

The Lady Tigers went on the road and defeated Lafayette (Mayo), 13-2, in five innings last Thursday night. They’ve outscored their three opponents, 33-5, this season.

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It was the 40th straight win for Trenton, which went 27-0 in 2019 to win the Class 1A state title and was 10-0 and ranked No. 5 in the country before COVID-19 shut things down and ended their seasons prematurely in 2020.

Last month, Lillian Wilkerson (Florida Gulf Coast University), Adrian Ingram (Florida Atlantic University), Darian Ingram (FAU), and Keeli Zingaro (Stetson University) all signed D-I scholarships.

“They’re a big part of the reason that I’m back,” said head coach Todd Bryant, who had planned on retiring so he could watch his daughter Hallie, who signed with USF last year. “But having that core really helps the younger kids. They played as 7th and 8th-graders, so they know what these younger kids are going through right now.”

Trenton will host Bronson at 7 p.m. tonight, then host Union County at 7 p.m. Friday. Trenton won at Union County, 8-7, in the season opener on February 11.

Meanwhile, the Trenton baseball team just suffered its first loss of the season on Friday night. The Tigers lost at home to Hamilton County, 6-4.

Sophomore Mason Smith led Trenton at the plate going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Fellow sophomore Johnny Scott drove in two of the team’s four runs and one of its five hits on the night.

The Tigers are batting .373 as a team and have a 1.69 earned run average.

Senior Jacob Guthrie, a Santa Fe College signee, has the team’s only two home runs and two triples. He’s batting .438 with 10 runs scored.

Junior Colton Smith leads the team with nine runs batted in and is batting a team-leading .545 among those with at least 10 at-bats.

On the mound, Scott leads the team with 19 strikeouts while Guthrie is second with 13 Ks and leads the team with a 0.88 earned run average.

Trenton, which is 4-1, is back in action at 7 p.m. tonight at home against Dixie County (Cross City). This will be the first of two meetings between the Tigers and the Bears. Dixie County will host Trenton on Friday, April the 9th.

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