By CHRIS GOLTERMANN
Trinity Christian softball and volleyball teams earned non-region victories on Monday on the road.
The Lady Lions’ softball lineup went nine innings for a 10-6 win at Flint River after breaking through with five runs in their final at-bat.
Trinity’s volleyball team, meanwhile, swept Fayette County 3-0 in a 25-16, 25-12, 25-22 effort. The trip to Fayetteville also included a sweep of both Fayette County and Northgate in junior varsity action.
Both lineups return to region play on Tuesday at home. The volleyball team hosts an Area tri-match with Our Lady Mercy and Landmark in a tri-match.
Just outside the gym, the softball team will be battling Holy Innocents in a 5:55 p.m. first pitch.
Trinity Christian 10, Flint River 6
Claire Carson and Laney Armistead each had three hits as Trinity evened its overall record at 6-6. Armistead had a team-high 4 RBIs in an effort that included a triple, while Carson connected on a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh.
Flint River plated an unearned run to send the game to extra innings. Despite being able to take advantage of an opportunity in the eighth starting with Armistead’s leadoff single, Trinity managed to break through in the ninth with five runs on five hits.
Gracie Taylor’s leadoff single began a rally that continued with a go-ahead hit by Jordan Boyd. With runners on first and second and two outs, Armistead continued her hot hitting with a 2 RBI single to center.
Trinity then continued to break the game open on a double from Brianna Boyd, followed by an RBI single from Kendall Wells.
Boyd, who went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, also closed out the victory after coming on in the bottom of the first as Flint River jumped ahead 3-2.
Flint River only managed to score lone runs in the fifth, sixth and ninth from there against Boyd, who struck out six.
Trinity stayed aggressive on the basepaths with five stolen bases in seven attempts.
Lady Lions 10, Lady Willdats 6
Trinity Christian 200 020 105 — 10 13 1
Flint River 300 010 101 — 6 9 2
WP — Brianna Boyd
2B — Trinity: Brianna Boyd, Ambry Lucas
3B — Trinity: Laney Armistead
HR — Claire Carson
Trinity Christian, which hosted Fayette County en route to a victory at the start of the 2018 season, completed a home-and-home sweep behind a team-high 15 kills from Addy Taylor.
Juniors Keelia Jordan and Savannah Poling added nine and four kills, respectively, to pace the offense in the best of five effort.
Trinity posted 18 aces in the win, led by six from Jordan and five by sophomore setter Emma Long, who also added a team-high 31 assists.
Defensively, at least five Lady Lions posted four or more digs, with senior Juliana Howser’s nine leading the way.
Poling and Long added seven and six digs, respectively, while senior Jordan Gregg and Taylor each had four.
Freshman Rachel Gregg had three kills in the victory.