Both varsity teams scored runs in four of five innings played -- including four multi-run innings for the baseball team -- as TCA Baseball and Softball both won in shortened games Tuesday night thanks to the 10-run rule.
BASEBALL: Conquerors 14, Baldwin 4
Trinity scored three runs in the first and never relinquished the lead in defeating Baldwin High School 14-4 to secure the win in the Conquerors' first district game, which was also Trinity's 2019 home opener. Dawson Fietsam, Dylan Simmons, and Matt Crump each drove in a first-inning run. Fietsam doubled home Bryan Muniz (walk) with nobody out, and after Fietsam stole third, Simmons hit a sacrifice fly to right that allowed Fietsam to score. Later in the inning, the Crump laced a triple to straight-away center field that drove home Conner Aldrich, who reached on a two-out error.
Baldwin responded with three runs in the top of the third, but the Conquerors put the game out of reach when they scored five times. Aldrich and Crump each had run-scoring doubles with two coming in on Alrdich's two-bagger to left. Matt Luxenberg singled home Ethan Dage (single), and Jared Donald scored on a wild pitch to complete the rally.
In the game's final two innings, Dylan Simmons (double) and Justin Simmons (single) each had run-scoring hits, and the Conquerors added three runs on wild pitches to complete the five-inning win.
Trinity used five pitchers, but the most-impressive outing was from senior Tyson Tucker. Although he allowed two runs, Tucker made his first mound appearance in nearly a year and a half after recovering from shoulder surgery.
Tucker has had plenty of action at the plate this season, but he was very excited to return to the bump after getting medically cleared earlier in the day. He received a rousing ovation upon his departure.
Baldwin's Dakota Peeler laced a two-run triple in the top of the fifth to give himself 3 RBI on the night. He had a sacrifice fly in the third immediately after Jacob Highsmith drew a bases-loaded walk.
SOFTBALL: Conquerors 11, Ponte Vedra 1
At what is known as The Shark Tank in St. Johns County, the "Diamond Divas" scored early and often, putting 10 runs on the board in the first three innings.
Bailey Cooley's RBI single finished a four-run first-inning rally after Alexis Ross and Regan Griffis both scored on the same wild pitch and Amaya Ross came across on an error. Mackenzie Marrell drove in Amaya Ross in the fifth with a base hit, and Trinity added five more runs in the third.
The highlight of the night was Linzie LaFavor's three-run double to center that made the score 9-0 in the third. Griffis and Marrell also had RBI hits in the inning, and Trinity led 10-0 after three.
Ponte Vedra got its run in the bottom of the third, but Amaya Ross's ground ball plated Griffis with the game's final tally in the fifth.
Cooley (W: 6-1, 2.28 ERA) and McMillian shared the pitching duties with Cooley allowing one earned run in three innings and "Mo Mo" pitching two scoreless innings. The duo combined for only six hits and two walks on the night while working quick stress-free innings.
The gentlemen will return to the home field for three games in two days between March 15 and 16. TCA faces Ocala's Trinity Catholic (Ocala) at 4:00 (Facebook stream) and Parkland's Stoneman Douglas at 7:00 (FM 91.7) on Friday and then Venice at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday (Facebook stream).
Meanwhile, the Lady Conquerors will next play at Baker at 6:00 on Tuesday, March 19 (Facebook stream). The Oakleaf Tournament of Champions will follow between March 21 and 23 with Trinity taking on its first opponent, Clay High School, on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.