TRENTON — When perennial playoff contenders Trenton and Blue Ridge hit the field, good baseball will be played.

TRENTON — When perennial playoff contenders Trenton and Blue Ridge hit the field, good baseball will be played.


Trenton pitcher Bailey Burks made sure his team came out on top of the most recent renewal of the heated rivalry, striking out 15 in a 5-4 win against Blue Ridge in District 16-A play on Friday.


"I was just trying to hit as many spots as I could and trust my defense," Burks said. "My guys made things happen."


Trenton (13-2, 2-0) jumped out to an early four-run lead with Burks keeping Blue Ridge (9-3, 2-1) at bay. Despite seeing an early cushion shrink to just one run late in the game, Trenton head coach Bret Cranford said he was confident his team would remain undefeated in league play.


"It was just a good ball game and we need good ball games like that," Cranford said. "We were scoring just about every inning. I felt good about the guy I had on the mound and I had a guy ready to come in relief too."


Not wanting to be outdone by their rivals, Blue Ridge trimmed the deficit to one on a wild sequence in the top of the sixth.


With the bases loaded and one out, Tracer Lynch grounded out to bring in Houston Holland for the first run. Clay Feagins scored from third on a wild pitch and Jason Price came in all the way from second on a missed throw at the plate to pull within 5-4.


"We did a good getting a couple people on base and that was a good job by Jason to take an extra base on that deal to get another run," Blue Ridge head coach John Ramsey said. "That was a big deal for us, especially with them knocking the ball around early on us."


Unfortunately for Blue Ridge, that was the last run of the night.


"It’s a good thing as a coach to see your kids determined to fight every inning and do what they need to do to try and win a ball game," Ramsey said.


Holland got Blue Ridge on the board first with an RBI triple in the top of the first.


Trenton answered with two runs in its turn at the dish. Kyle Wylie singled in Billy Pilkinton and Cody Lambright knocked in Burks with a single.


Wylie, who went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs, drilled a two-run triple in the bottom of the second to give Trenton an early 4-1 cushion.


"I was just seeing a fat ball and wanted to hit it," Wylie said. "I had some runners on base and I wanted to do my job and get them in."


Burks sat down three of the four Blue Ridge hitters he faced in the third while Trenton stranded one on base in its turn at the dish. Neither team scored in the fourth.


"He does that game in and game out," Cranford said. "He throws a lot of strikes and we thought even more of them tonight were close, but to strike out 15? That’s a great outing. You can’t ask for more than that from your starter."


Lambright, who went 3-for-3 with two RBI, extended Trenton’s lead to 5-1 in the fifth by driving in Wylie with a line-drive single.


Trenton was tentatively set to play a rescheduled game at Campbell at 1 p.m Saturday and then plays at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at second-place Wolfe City. With Trenton’s two losses coming in tournament action earlier this month, Cranford said the Tigers still have room to grow if they plan to make another deep playoff run.


"Now it’s nothing but district play and we’re still trying to learn," Cranford said. "We’ve got some young kids that have some big shoes to fill from last year where people graduated."


Blue Ridge will play at Sam Rayburn at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.