Updated: Mar 5
The 2019 Florida Class 4A state champions hit the field in a big way to start the new campaign. The Conquerors have moved into Class 2A, District 2 in 2020 along with St. Johns Country Day School and First Coast Christian School.
Following two resounding preseason wins over Providence and Hilliard, the Conquerors' had their scheduled February 21 regular-season opener canceled due to freezing temperatures. On February 28, TCA Conquerors Softball finally had the chance to officially begin a potential repeat season for another state title.
February 28: Conquerors 11, Bishop Snyder 1
The offense pounded out 13 hits on route to a big win over former district rival Bishop Snyder. Carolyn Lasater had a big night at the plate and on the mound, putting up an offensive line of 3-4, 3 2B, R, and 2 RBI to lead the Conquerors and a pitching line of 6 IP, W, CG, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, and 6 K.
Trinity also got two hits each from Mackenzie Marrell (2 RBI), Lexi Crews (RBI) and Natalia Burnsed (RBI) and more base hits from Regan Griffis, Breezy Burnett, and Morgan McMillain.
Trinity jumped out to a very quick 5-0 lead with a huge bottom of the first. Burnett scored the first run on a wild pitch, and Marrell followed with a run-scoring single. McMillain doubled in a run, and Lasater did so as well in the next at bat. Crews capped the inning with a RBI single to make the score 5-0.
Marrell doubled home a run in the second, and Lasater added another RBI double in the fourth. One inning later, Griffis added her own RBI double and eventually scored, and Tatiana Brathwaite drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. The final run crossed the plate on Burnsed's base hit to plate Lasater with the game-ending run via the 10-run rule.
March 2: West Nassau 6, Conquerors 2
Trinity, however, faced a Class 3A powerhouse this past Monday night and met up with one of Florida's top-rated pitchers in West Nassau's Ragan Lee.
After three scoreless innings, the Conquerors broke through in the fourth. Burnett opened the scoring on an error soon after reaching and stealing second base. Amaya Ross drew an intentional walk and scored on McMillain's sacrifice fly. Lee, though, stopped Trinity from further damage and finished the night with only the two unearned runs allowed.
The Warriors came right back with two in the top of the fifth and added four insurance runs an inning later. Trinity loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh to bring the potential tying run to the plate, but Lee struck out the next batter to end the threat and the game.
The Conquerors will next play in the Montevedre Tournament (March 5-7) in Orlando beginning with Tarpon Springs's East Lake High School at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6. The remaining schedule for the Monteverde Tournament is still TBD at this time.
Trinity will visit Suwannee High School on March 10 before returning to the home field to battle Ponte Vedre High School at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13.