Straughn tops T.R. Miller on Senior Night

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Straughn Lady Tigers (18-10) picked up a 3-0 win over T.R. Miller on Senior Night Monday at home off of an outstanding pitching performance from Brentley Armstrong.


TRM got off to a quick start after leadoff batter Steely Ruzic singled, and an error let the second batter of the game reach base safely t0 put the visiting Lady Tigers in prime position to get on the scoreboard first.


Brentley Armstrong was electric from the pitching circle in Straughn's victory over T.R. Miller.

Brentley Armstrong was electric from the pitching circle in Straughn’s victory over T.R. Miller.

With Myra Reiss at the plate, Ruzic attempted to steal third, but was gunned down by Straughn catcher Katelyn Kinsaul.


Armstrong then proceeded to get Reiss to groundout before striking out Austin to end the top of the first inning.


In the top of the second, Armstrong struck out Mary Madison Brown to start the inning before an error gave TRM their third base runner of the contest, but Armstrong wasn’t fazed getting a groundout and a strikeout to end the threat.


Hayden Willis was the first Straughn player to reach safely when she drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the second.


Paige Taylor then moved Willis into scoring position with a sacrifice. Willis took third a few pitches later on passed ball, and Jacie Williamson ripped a single into right field allowing Willis to score easily to give Straughn a 1-0 lead.


TRM got their second and final base hit in the top of the third inning when Mallori Floyd reached on an infield single with two outs, but Armstrong remained steadfast and got Reiss to groundout to end the inning.


Kinsaul singled on a line drive to left field to start the home half of the third, and moved up to second on sacrifice from Armstrong.


Kinsaul took third on a passed ball, and then stole home to put the home squad up 2-0.


Armstrong continued her strong effort from the pitching circle, and sat down the TRM batters in order in the top of the fourth inning.


Dee Gantt reached to start the bottom of the fifth when she was hit by a pitch, and moved up to second when Kinsaul reached on a bunt.


Gantt was then picked off at second by TRM pitcher Floyd, and that is when speedster Kinsaul took over on the base path. Kinsaul stole second, and third on consecutive pitches and scored on sacrifice from Molly Stewart that put Straughn up 3-0.


Armstrong nearly recorded another perfect inning, but a two-out error allowed Austin to reach. Armstrong remained fearless on the mound getting the next batter to fly out in foul territory.


In the top of the seventh, Armstrong set TRM down in order to help give Straughn the victory.


“Brentley Armstrong threw a great game for us with four strikeouts and just one walk,” Straughn head softball coach Kenny Skipper said. “We have to start swinging the bats better, though.”


Kinsaul finished the day 1-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored, and Williamson went 1-for-2 with an RBI to lead Straughn.