Trenton tops Bronson for district title
Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 12:11 a.m.
TRENTON — Seven days after seeing its perfect season crushed by Chiefland, Trenton cruised to its second straight District 6-1A title, whipping Bronson, 9-0, on Friday.
The Tigers (23-1) pounded out 14 hits, led by Hunter Parrish and Stephen Smith, while pitcher Corbin Wiggins improved to 9-0, allowing just two hits in five innings of work.
“The streak was starting to become a burden,” said Trenton coach Todd Bryant, whose team won its 24th straight district game. “It was getting to the point where the players were talking about it, the community was talking about it, everything was on the Internet about it. It was actually a blessing in disguise to get beat.
“We didn't want to get beat bad (15-2 loss to Chiefland). We refocused, came back on the weekend after the loss and had a practice. We practiced hard for three days. We had a game on Thursday and played well. And tonight we played well. So we got it off our back.”
Parrish, who had been out of the lineup for seven games, went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and five runs batted in. Stephen Smith, the leadoff batter, got on base all four times, had three hits, including two doubles, and scored three times. Trenton posted shutouts in both district tournament games.
“Most people didn't realize he (Parrish) was out of the lineup because we kept winning,” Bryant said. “But I knew what it was costing us. He is a huge threat in the middle of that order.
“When Stephen is on, good things happen for us.”
Kyle Wiggins also went 3-for-4 for the Tigers, who will host Hamilton County in the regional semifinals. The Eagles (13-10), who advanced to the state playoffs for the first time since 2002, will travel to Melody Christian in Live Oak. Both games are set for May 7.
Hunter Parrish's double in the first drove in Stephen Smith, who reached on an error, for the game's first run. Trenton followed with four runs off five hits against Bronson starter Ty Barber in the second, for a 5-0 lead. Parrish's two-run homer in the sixth capped the scoring. Clif Bryant, who was playing despite a hamstring injury, had a hit and RBI.
“Our goal at the beginning of the season was to make the playoffs,” said Eagles coach Allen Strickland. “We are happy about that. We are disappointed we didn't give them more of a fight.”