WORTON — Plucky, persistent and poised.
That’s how we would describe the Trojans, who kept plugging along despite an 0-6 start in softball. They had been shut out three times and all but one of their losses were by double digits.
Then they marvelously put it all together at the most opportune of times — in the season finale May 26 at home.
Maddy Kendall, Alana Fithian Wilson and Kacie Hammer hit for extra bases and Sydney Usilton went the distance in the circle to lift Kent County past Kent Island, 15-5, in a mercy rule-shortened game.
The Class 1A Trojans averted a winless season.
And this victory was especially one to savor as it was at the expense of a much larger Class 2A foe.
Usilton’s line included two strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter. Only two of the runs charged to her were earned.
“Sydney pitched a great game and the defense had her back. Everything came together,” coach Michelle Phillips said.
She singled out second baseman Kendell Ford, center fielder Kendall and catcher Fithian Wilson as the defensive standouts. Ford played hurt. Fithian Wilson, who is primarily an outfielder, was behind the plate in this game because the starting catcher was sidelined with an injury.
Kent County scored more runs in this game than the previous six games combined.
Kendall Langenfelder drove in two runs with a single, Hammer had two hits and three RBI and Caitlin Price’s sacrifice fly plated another run.
Kendall, Fithian Wilson and Hammer contributed doubles and Anna Phillips had a single.
Jaeda Hoxter, the courtesy runner for catcher Fithian Wilson, was aggressive on the bases and scored twice.
Pinch runner Emma Ranville alertly broke from third on a passed ball to score what held up as the winning run.
“The girls played well, had fun and deserved the win,” Phillips said.
The mostly underclassman Trojans — there are only two seniors — finish 1-6 in the COVID-abbreviated season.
None of Kent County’s spring sports teams are participating in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association-sanctioned state championship tournaments that begin this week.