Triton junior Brycelyn Garbison releases her pitch to the plate during the second of Thursday's game against Manchester. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Triton junior Brycelyn Garbison releases her pitch to the plate during the second of Thursday's game against Manchester. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
BOURBON — Triton junior pitcher Brycelyn Garbison was able to overcome her own defense Thursday night at home against Manchester.
With the Triton (7-1) defense committing six errors, and allowing the leadoff batter to reach base in four innings, Garbison went seven innings, striking out 10 and getting the 3-2 victory over Manchester (3-3).
“Brycelyn got us out of some jams,” Triton coach Steve McBride said. “Great game for her.”
Twice, Garbison faced a situation with Lady Squires at second and third base with no outs, but managed to give up just one run.
Her one mistake, and only earned run, came with a changeup with two outs in the seventh inning, and Manchester senior Sydney Snep took advantage, hitting the ball out of the park.
Outside of that, Garbison stymied the Manchester Lady Squires to three other hits.
“We have to hit the ball better,” Manchester coach Brittany Fratus said. “Our defense was good, but (on offense), when we’d make contact, we made outs. Or we didn’t make contact and got out.”
And Garbison, along with senior catcher Allyson Brown, contributed to Manchester’s offensive frustration.
“I think Allyson does a great job behind the plate,” McBride said. “She has a good rapport with our pitchers. Also, Brycelyn mixes pitches up and she keeps it around the plate.”
Early on, it appeared Garbison wouldn’t need to pitch a gem to get the win.
Through five batters, Triton held a 1-0 lead and had the bases loaded with only one out.
Triton would score once more, but that was it in the inning, as Manchester junior pitcher Marret Metzger settled in.
Suddenly struggling to hit Metzger, Triton clung to a 2-1 lead until senior Mallorie Jennings opened the bottom of the sixth with a double and later scored on sophomore Megan Berger’s two-out, RBI-single, giving the team a cushion it would need.
Despite getting that run, McBride felt his Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 hitters could have done more, as they combined to go 4 for 11.
“We had to scramble to get that (run in the sixth), and that’s the part of our lineup that’s produced over the years,” he said. “We struggled last night (in a 5-3 win) against Glenn and we struggled today with that part of the lineup.”
That part of the lineup, and the defense, will need to pick it up today at Bremen, one of the teams standing in Triton’s way in its pursuit of a Northern State Conference title.
“It’s big,” McBride said of the game. “We have to go on the road, but I think we’ll be ready.”
Manchester is off today and will host a tournament Saturday morning that also includes Columbia City, Northfield, North Miami, Mississinewa and Fort Wayne Snider.
“We need to work on our hitting (today) in practice and be ready to go early Saturday morning,” Fratus said.

M    000    001    1    –    2    4    0
T    200    001    x    –    3    7    6
Triton – Brycelyn Garbison (W, 7IP, 2R, 1ER, 4H, 10K, 1BB, 1HR) and Allyson Brown.
Manchester – Marret Metzger (L, 6IP, 3R, 3ER, 7H, 0K, 1BB) and Nina Smith.
2B – Mallorie Jennings (T), Celina Carter (M).
HR – Sydney Snep (M).
Records: Triton 7-1, Manchester 3-3.