Updated: Mar 2, 2019
Linzie LaFavor's sixth-inning double drove home Amaya Ross with the game's only run, and the TCA Conquerors held off one of the Florida Times Unions' Super 6 teams to defeat Baker County High School 1-0 Thursday night.
LaFavor lined a 1-0 fastball into the left-center field gap in the bottom of the sixth to bring in Ross, who worked a one-out four-pitch walk. After showing patience at the plate, Ross promptly stole second to set up LaFavor and herself for the game winner.
The double was the only hit the Conquerors would get off Baker's Madison Lagle, who pitched a complete-game one-hitter. Lagle kept the Conquerors off balance all night, mixing fastballs with movement and change-ups with dip. Her final line reads 6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 12 K.
Trinity's Bailey Cooley was equally effective, allowing only three hits in seven innings while walking one and striking out six. Cooley matched Lagle's pitch mix and got similar results in earning her second consecutive complete-game shutout. She threw 70 of her 94 pitches for strikes and had solid defense behind her as did Lagle.
Morgan McMillian's arm helped stave off two Baker County offensive threats as she made two bullet throws from third base to nip batter-runners at first, and right-fielder Riley Aspinwall chased down a line drive down the line to keep Taylor Crews to a single leading off the top of the third. Cooley then worked around a successful sacrifice bunt and a walk to end the inning on a ground ball and a strikeout.
Baker's Kat Rhoden doubled in the first, the only extra-base hit Coooey would allow. Mikayla Mulkey had a two-out infield single later in the game, but Cooley and the defense kept her at bay.
The Conquerors will next play Live Oak at home at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4, and the game will stream live on Facebook: TCA Conquerors Athletics, weather permitting. The team will then travel to the Orlando area to play in the Montevedre Tournament from March 7-9. The next home game is against rival and perennial 5A state contender West Nassau on Monday, March 11.