Trinity falls to Franklin Academy in district matchup

Published 12:01am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WINNSBORO, La. — Three walks and two unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning spelled a quick exit for Trinity Episcopal pitcher Kailey Hutchins against MAIS District 7-A opponent Franklin Academy.

The top-ranked Lady Cougars ended up taking advantage of five errors committed by the Lady Saints on their way to a 6-1 win in a six-inning game Tuesday afternoon and taking over first place in the district standings.

Trinity head coach Miranda Doughty said the five errors were the difference in the ball game.

“I told them, ‘You have to score early. Get that one run and play solid defense. When you commit an error, they’re going to take advantage of it,’” Doughty said.

Hutchins lasted just two-thirds of an inning, her shortest outing of the season. She also allowed one hit.

“She had too many walks. It wasn’t her game to pitch,” Doughty said. “We made the switch to Marty (Lewis). Franklin Academy, especially their first four batters, you can’t put them on base. That’s why we made the switch to Marty. Their speed, they use it to their advantage.”

Lewis didn’t allow a single run until the Lady Cougars scored three times in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead. They would add another run in the bottom of the sixth. Lewis allowed four runs, only one earned, on five hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Tyler Robinson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, Amber Easterling went 2-for-4, and Sarah Roberts had a double to account for Franklin Academy’s six hits.

The Lady Saints scored their only run of the game in the top of the second inning. However, they had little success at the plate against winning pitcher Kassie Shipley. She gave up just three hits and the defense behind her committed no errors. Hannah Fitt had Trinity’s only extra base hit with a double.

Trinity Episcopal (8-8, 3-1) will have its rematch with Franklin Academy at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Concordia Recreation District 3 Complex in Vidalia.

ACCS 16, Tensas Academy 5

ST. JOSEPH, La. — Ashleigh Williams was erratic at times in just her second start on the mound this season, but Adams County Christian School head coach Forrest Foster knew that was to be expected.

Despite walking eight batters in her five innings on the mound, she limited Tensas Academy to just four hits and struck out six batters as the Lady Rebels defeated the Lady Chiefs in five innings Tuesday afternoon.

“We decided to start her for this game to get her the experience. She did well,” Foster said. “She had some walks. At times, she looked really good. She threw the ball hard. I was really pleased with her.”

The walks and a pair of errors by ACCS resulted in none of Tensas Academy’s five runs being earned. The Lady Rebels did give Williams plenty of run support, scoring in four of the five innings.

ACCS scored four runs right out of the gate before Tensas Academy scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Lady Rebels took control of the game after scoring six runs in the top of the second for a 10-1 advantage. The Lady Chiefs tried to keep within striking distance over the next inning and a half, but it was not meant to be.

Williams helped her cause by going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the top of the third inning. Tory Laird went 2-for-3, Sklyar Adams was 2-for-4, and Jordan Petty had a double.

Madison Keyes got the start for Tensas Academy, but she had a rough three innings on the mound. She allowed 12 runs, eight earned, on five hits and four walks and she struck out two batters. Taylor Olds came and pitched a scoreless fourth inning before giving up four runs, three of them earned, in the top of the fifth. In her two innings, Olds allowed four hits, struck out three and walked two. Bailey Keyes had a double for the Lady Chiefs.

ACCS (9-7) will have some time off before returning to the field on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Co-Lin Tournament.

Warren Central 10,

Franklin County 3

VICKSBURG — Katie Channel went 4-for-4 with a double and winning pitcher Karley Hinson helped her cause by going 2-for-4 with a double as the Warren Central Lady Vikings defeated the Franklin County Lady Bulldogs Tuesday afternoon.

Hinson went the distance and allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits with one strikeout. She got plenty of run support in the first three innings as Warren Central jumped out to a 6-0 lead.

Franklin County cut the lead in half when it scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning, but Hinson settled down after that and held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless in the final three innings.

Kelly Case suffered the loss after allowing 10 runs, only three earned, on 11 hits and two walks with one strikeout in six complete innings. Warren Central was aided by 10 Franklin County errors.

Sierra Bethley and Hayle McKinney led the Lady Bulldogs at the plate as they both went 2-for-3 with a double.

Franklin County (2-5) next plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Brookhaven.

Silliman 11, Centreville 0

CENTREVILLE — The Silliman Institute Wildcats, ranked No. 2 in Class AA, needed just five innings to defeat the Centreville Academy Lady Tigers Tuesday night in an MAIS District 6-AA game. No other information on the game was available.

Centreville Academy (5-11, 1-3) next plays at 7:15 p.m. at home against Parklane Academy.