Trinity Episcopal picks up first win of season
VICKSBURG — Miranda Doughty had to wait a couple of days to make her debut as head coach of Trinity Episcopal’s fast-pitch softball team after last Saturday’s Centreville Academy Tournament was rained out.
She only had to wait seven innings to pick up her first win as the Lady Saints used a couple of big innings and a complete-game performance by Kailey Hutchins to defeat the Porter’s Chapel Academy Lady Eagles 11-3.
“I’m excited. They did really well,” Doughty said. “I’m proud of them.”
Even though Trinity Episcopal had just six hits in the game, the Lady Saints took advantage of 14 Porter’s Chapel errors and several walks by the Lady Eagles’ pitching staff — eight alone by starting pitcher Sabrina Embry.
Hutchins allowed three runs, none of them earned, on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
“In the beginning of the game, she had trouble working ahead (in the count). In the middle of the game she did a better job working ahead,” Doughty said. “She threw strikes. And she allowed the defense to field behind her.”
The Lady Saints scored four runs in the top of the first inning and then led 6-2 after three innings. Embry gave up six runs, two earned, on just one hit with two strikeouts, but the eight free passes and countless errors were to much to overcome.
Both teams then went scoreless over the next two innings before Trinity finally broke the game open with five runs in the top of the sixth inning. Porter’s Chapel could only muster up one run in the bottom of the sixth.
“Toward the end of the game we started hitting the ball better,” Doughty said. “We just need to start earlier.”
Trinity Episcopal (1-0) next plays at 4 p.m. Thursday at Brookhaven Academy.
Parklane Academy 13, Centreville Academy 0
MCCOMB — For the second straight game to start the 2013 season, the Centreville Academy Lady Tigers did not score a run. On Monday afternoon, they also failed to register a base-hit in a four-inning loss to the Parklane Academy Lady Pioneers.
Winning pitcher Hannah Moak struck out nine batters and walked one in her three innings of work on the mound. She helped her own cause by going 3-for-3 with a double.
Parklane scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning, four runs in the bottom of the second and four more runs in the bottom of the third. Mikaela Smith hit two doubles and went 2-for-3.
Makenzie Tarver went all three innings for Centreville, giving up 13 runs, seven earned, on 14 hits with one walk and one strikeout. The Lady Tigers also committed six errors in the game.
Centreville Academy (0-2) plays three games Saturday at the Copiah Academy Tournament. The Lady Tigers play at 10:30 a.m. against Bowling Green School, 1:30 p.m. against Madison-Ridgeland Academy and 3 p.m. against host Copiah Academy.