TRENTON — There was a little more pressure on the Lady Tigers this season, following a breakthrough year in 2013.
But Trenton was able to match its best season and add a little extra history to it as well.
Expectations were for the team to get back to the region semifinals — a place it had never been before last year — because a large core of the team returned and the Lady Tigers got there before losing a pair of one-run games against Bosqueville.
“The first year we got in, they had never been there but they believed we belonged. The one thing I’m blessed with is a bunch of girls who 100 percent bought in to our philosophy,” Strickland said. “They’re on board with understanding where we want to get them.”
Trenton won 22 games to follow the program-best 26 from last season but had its best district showing yet. earning a share of the 14-A title for the first time.
The 9-1 district mark bettered the 8-2 season from the year before.
“It was all about getting ready for Round Four. We only lost four games to 1A teams and three were in the playoffs, all by one run,” Strickland said. “I hope everything that has happened helps us continue moving forward.”
Helping guide Trenton to prominence has earned Strickland the nod as the Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Softball Coach of the Year for 2014.