Another great pitching display from the Trojans led to a 6-3 win over conference rivals Fort Zumwalt West.
“Number one, it started with our pitching. Our pitchers did an outstanding job again,” head coach Lance Richardson said.
Ali Cook started the game, going six innings, and Makayla Bryant closing the game out.
“They were 20 and 3 so that was a huge win for us,” Richardson said.
Richardson also highlighted timely hitting and tight defense as key points to the win.
“Morgan Shields made some outstanding plays at third base for us,” Richardson said.
The Trojans’ last four games, including this one, have all been wins: Francis Howell Central 6-0, Platte County 12-2 and Truman 3-2 in the Liberty Tournament and this one, Fort Zumwalt West 6-3.
“The way we’ve been playing down the stretch, I give most of the credit to our senior leadership,” Richardson said.
Richardson also said that now, after playing so many games already, it helps to have that senior leadership but also, he and his staff work to make sure that things stay competitive in their camp.
“For one, we’re lucky to have the girls we have and it just kind of year by year feeds itself. Myself and my coaching staff: we’ve been doing this long enough to where we find ways to change up practice and make it competitive. Every practice we put something in it, offensively or defensively, that will be a competitive situation and that keeps the fire going,” Richardson said.
He also said that the constant reminder to his players that they have a very good team with a chance to go all the way helps keep that motivation up.
“This time of the year is kind of that point where maybe there’s some injuries or, you know, just some wear and tear on the body and it’s kind of like oh here’s another practice and here’s another game but our seniors have kept the girls focused on the fact that every game is important and building on every practice and they’ve done an outstanding job. Yesterday was the true test of that: going into Zumwalt West with them being 20 and 3 and us coming out with a nice win.”
Troy went out in front pretty early in the game, 3-0, and then Tori Hatton hit a solo home run to make it 4.
“That just let our pitchers take a deep breath in a sense and defense can kind of be a little bit more relaxed. You know, the more relaxed you are the better you’ll play so that was huge,” Richardson said.
He said that his team is working on “fine tuning” going into the post-season.