Trojans tame Wildcats, stay in catbird seat


Garner remained atop the Greater Neuse River Conference on Friday night at 4-3 victory over West Johnston at Trojan Park.

The Trojans (7-3, 4-0) scored a run in the opening inning as Tyler Marshburn scored on a Skyler Strickland groundout. The men of Troy added another run in the third as Taylor Stephens drove home Vince Jefferies who reached on an error to lead off the inning as Garner took a 2-0 lead after two innings.

In the third, the Trojans added two more runs to their lead thanks to a RBI double from CJ Schmitt, followed by a single by Jefferies to make ti a 4-0 lead after the first three innings.

West Johnston (6-2, 2-2) cut into the Trojan lead in their half of the fourth against Brighton Hudson (W, 3-0). Justin Carroll led off the inning reaching base on a Trojan error which was followed by back to back RBI doubles from Matthew Parrish and Bradley Ragan to make it 4-2 after four.

The score remained unchanged through the rest of the middle innings, however the Wildcats had their best scoring chance in the fifth as they loaded the bases with two outs. But, Alec Hulmes came in a struck out the only man he faced in the fifth to keep it at a two-run cushion.

Hulmes (S, 1) pitched a scoreless sixth and in the seventh the Wildcats added another run with two gone as Carroll doubled home Jack Sherrill, but that was the closest West would get as the Trojans held on for the one-run 4-3 victory.

The Trojans return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to Knightdale High School to battle the Knights. First pitch is slated for 7:00

**The JV baseball team remained undefeated in the GNRC with a 4-3 victory over West Johnston on Friday afternoon. The Trojans travel to Knightdale on Tuesday night at 4:00.**

Softball downs West Johnston

In what is always one of the premiere softball match-ups in the area, Garner and West Johnston squared off on Friday night at Trojan Field with the Lady Trojans getting the best of the Wildcats, 3-2.

Garner (5-1, 3-1) scored in their first at bat, as Amber Kirkland singled home Maddy Stewart to give the home team a lead. West Johnston answered right back in the top of the second with a double to tie it at one all.

The game remained tied until the fourth inning when Garner struck again as Shea Barbour doubled home Amanda Hulmes for the 2-1 Garner lead. The Lady Trojans added another run to their lead in the fifth when Kirkland again provided some offense as she tripled home Courtney Weathersbee for a 3-1 lead.

West added a run in the sixth but couldn't get any closer as the Lady Trojans took home the 3-2 victory.

The Lady Trojans will return to action on Tuesday night at 7:00 when they travel to Knightdale to face the Knights.

**The JV softball team fell to West Johnston 6-0 on Friday afternoon at Trojan Park. Coach Maxwell and her lady Trojans will travel to Knightdale on Tuesday night at 5:00**