Hounds nip Saints
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 7, 1999
Huntington High junior Collin Taunton delivered a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to lead Huntington High to a 9-8 come-from-behind win over Trinity in Ferriday, La., Tuesday.
&uot;I knew we needed a base hit,&uot; Taunton said. &uot;He threw me a fastball down the middle. I saw it go up. I was just happy when he signaled home run. I knew then we could pull it out. I think we can go from there. This is what we needed.&uot;
The winning hit was a questionable one, as several players and fans thought the ball bounced over.
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The win threw the district into a three-way tie as Huntington had lost to Pine Hills last week. Trinity defeated Pine Hills earlier.
&uot;That was very painful,&uot; said Trinity head coach David King. &uot;We just can’t seem to get over this Huntington jinx, They have owned us the past several years. We just couldn’t seem to make the little plays. I thought we scored enough runs to win it, but we just have to regroup. All district games are must wins and we must find a way to overcome.&uot;
King would not comment on the home run ball.
&uot;We should have had this game won long before that,&uot; he said.
Huntington improved to 5-10 with the win.
&uot;We showed a little heart for the first time,&uot; said Huntington High coach Charlie Anderson.
Anderson, in his first year at Huntington, said this is by far the biggest win of his brief coaching career.
&uot;I think we can truly say we’re a team now,&uot; Anderson said. &uot;We had some kids come through for us tonight. With this win we control our own destiny, where if we would have lost we would have needed some help.&uot;
Anderson was thinking he needed a lot of help early on after Trinity scored four runs in its first at-bat with Hicks Winters delivering a 2-run home run to key the rally.
&uot;That was tough, especially going against our top pitcher (Barrett Kiser),&uot;&160;Anderson said. &uot;But I’ve said all along our strong point is hitting the ball, even though we really haven’t been. We’re capable of scoring runs. We just hung in there, got us a few breaks and took advantage of them when we got them.&uot;
Huntington answered with three runs in the bottom of the first before Trinity added two in the second for a 6-3 lead.
Huntington scored four runs in the second for a 7-6 lead, two coming on an error and another on a single by Luke Davis.
Trinity added one run in the fourth and fifth, while Huntington scored one in the fifth and sixth.
double for nine RBI to lead the Hounds to a 14-7 win here Thursday.
Trey Mason picked up the win for the Hounds, who improved to 2-7, playing only their second Class A team this season.
Colin Taunton and Barrett Kiser each doubled, while Luke Davis, Curtis Martin and Eric Smith all singled.
Huntington plays at WCCA Saturday.