After two seasons of district championship showdowns with the powerful Cameron Lady Dragons, a potential postseason run for Trenton's softball team will have to come against a different slate of opponents in 2014, with MSHSAA dropping Trenton High School from a Class 3 to Class 2 program for the next two campaigns.
The designation means that instead of seeing the likes of Chillicothe, Cameron, Excelsior Springs, and Lawson, Trenton will be placed in Class 2, District 16, matched up with Brookfield, Marceline, Milan, Putnam County, and South Harrison, a talented group of teams in their own right, but traditionally more in the enrollment size that dots Trenton's schedule. In particular, Brookfield and Putnam County have been long-time rivals for Trenton, with both schools participating in a Tuesday night jamboree, at the Ebbe Sports Complex in Trenton this week. Brookfield has made the Class 2 state playoffs two years in a row, finishing runner-up in 2012, and losing to LeBlond in the first round a year ago. Trenton beat Cameron in 2012 to reach the Class 3 state playoffs, but lost to the Lady Dragons in last year's District 16 final at Danner Park in Chillicothe.
The host school for the Class 2, District 16 softball tournament will be decided later this season. The District 16 winner will face the District 15 champion in the first round of the Class 2 playoffs. District 15 will be a five-team tournament consisting of Carrollton, Gallatin, Lathrop, Lawson, and Hamilton.