Area teams compete in softball tournamentPublished 12:01am Sunday, August 11, 2013
LIBERTY — Four area fast-pitch softball teams — Adams County Christian School, Trinity Episcopal, Centreville Academy and Wilkinson County Christian Academy — competed in the 2013 Amite School Center Tournament Saturday.
Trinity Episcopal went a respectable 1-2 in tournament play. The Lady Saints defeated Amite School Center’s junior varsity Lady Rebels 10-4. Kailey Hutchins allowed one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts and five walks.
Kyler Parks had the big hit for Trinity in the game with a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. Hutchins helped the team’s cause by going 3-for-3 with a stolen base. Tali Beard and Mallory Lancaster both went 2-for-3 with a double.
After Amite School Center’s JV squad plated two runs in the bottom of the first, Trinity responded with three runs in the top of the second to make it a 7-2 game. The Lady Saints scored three more runs in the top of the fourth.
Trinity’s second game turned out to be much closer than expected, especially considering the opponent — soon-to-be MAIS District 7-A opponent and perennial Class A state title contender Franklin Academy.
The Lady Saints had a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning before the Lady Cougars rallied to tie the game at 5-5 and send the game to extra innings. With the international rule in place, Franklin Academy scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-6 win.
Trinity head coach Miranda Doughty said that that game stood out the most.
“Most people expected us to get blown out by them. That game alone right there showed a lot about out team,” Doughty said.
Beard had another good performance at the plate as she went 2-for-3 and Lancaster had a double. Hutchins gave up three earned runs on nine hits and just one walk with three strikeouts.
If that game took a lot out of Trinity, then it may have shown as the Lady Saints lost to the Copiah Academy Lady Colonels 6-3. The Lady Saints had just one hit in the game — a single by Lancaster in the top of the fourth inning.
“The last game, we kind of got tired. We could have played better,” Doughty said. “Overall, I was really proud of them. All in all, it was a good day for us.”
Hutchins didn’t record an out in the bottom of the first before being relieved by Marty Lewis. Hutchins gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits and one walk. Lewis allowed two runs, none earned, on two hits and one walk in three innings.
Trinity Episcopal (3-5) begins District 7-A play at 6:30 p.m. Monday when it hosts Tensas Academy at the Concordia Recreation District 3 Complex in Vidalia.
ACCS went 0-2 in the tournament. No other details were available. ACCS (5-4, 0-1) returns to MAIS District 5-AA action at 6:15 p.m. Monday when it hosts Prentiss Christian School.
The Centreville Academy Lady Tigers went 2-2 in tournament play. They lost to the host Amite School Center Lady Rebels and lost 3-0. Then they took care of their next two opponents, the Cenla Christian Academy Lions and the Oak Forest Academy Lady Yellow Jackets, by scored of 13-5 and 16-4, respectively.
However, Centreville’s appearance in the tournament came to an end when it lost to Copiah Academy 7-5. The Lady Tigers tried to rally from an early 6-0 deficit in that game, but their comeback fell a little short.
McKenzie Tarver was the starting pitcher for the Lady Tigers in three of those games. In the comeback win over Cenla Christian, she picked up the win in relief after starting pitcher Amanda Brown gave up four runs on two hits and one walk. Braelon Bigner went 2-for-3 while Laramie Green had a home run and Brown had an RBI triple.
In the earlier loss to Amite School Center, Tarver held the Lady Rebels to just two hits to go with one strikeout and two walks in five innings.
In the win over Oak Forest, Centreville had 16 hits in the game, but none of them went for extra bases. Tarver allowed one earned run on five hits with one walk and one strikeout in four innings. She helped the team’s cause by going 3-for-4 while Bigner was 4-for-4 and Sydnie Lyons also went 3-for-4.
In the loss to Copiah Academy, Tarver allowed five earned runs on eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Katelyn Bell was 2-for-2.
“We played better. We’re starting to gel a little bit,” Centreville head coach Mark Mann said. “Tournaments give you a chance to play three, four or five ball games. We as a coaching staff felt like this is the best we’ve played this year. This is a step in the right direction. This was a good day for us.”
Although Centreville Academy (3-8, 1-1) does not have a game scheduled for this week, Mann said he is trying to schedule an opponent for later this week. As of right now, the Lady Tigers next play at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19 at home against District 6-AA opponent Bowling Green School.
Just like ACCS, WCCA also went 0-2 in the tournament. The Lady Rams first lost to the Silliman Institute Lady Wildcats 5-1 and then fell to Copiah Academy 7-1. No other information on either game was available.
WCCA (0-3, 0-1) doesn’t play again until Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Silliman Tournament.