Trinity squeezes Hounds

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 2, 2000

Trinity senior Bobby Craig laid down a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning to score eighth-grader Gregory Ketchings with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Saints a 3-2 victory over Huntington here Saturday.

Trinity tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a run to make the score 2-2. Neither team scored in the eighth inning and Saint starting pitcher Hunter Dale held Huntington scoreless in the top of the ninth.

Huntington’s Will Moak walked Ketchings and Elliot Meng in relief of starter Trey Mason and Ryan Rachel reached first reached first when Ketchings beat the throw to third on a bunt.

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Craig then laid down the bunt the third base line to score Ketchings.

&uot;Bobby laid it down just right,&uot; Ketchings said. &uot;I was stealing all the way. When I saw the bunt roll down the line, I knew I was there.&uot;

The winning run was a relief for Dale, who pitched all nine innings, throwing 156 pitches. Dale allowed only four hits, two of which were singles by Luke Davis.

&uot;I&160;was getting tired, but I think my arm went kind of numb later,&uot; Dale said. &uot;But I felt pretty good, especially over the late innings. Huntington has been our big rival over the years, so my adrenaline was pumping..&uot;

Huntington got its two runs in the first inning as John Mark Bonnette and Kenneth Clayton walked and Davis singled. Clayton scored on a Saint error.

The Hounds left the bases loaded in the first and second innings and two on in the third.

Trinity got a run in the first as William McGehee singled with two men out and scored when Chase Brown reached first on an error, one of seven Hound errors.

Trinity, 7-4, left the bases loaded in the first and stranded two runners in the fourth and fifth innings.

The Saints tied the game in the bottom of the seventh as Chase Brown was hit by a pitch and Ketchings reached first on an error. Meng followed with a groundball that was misplayed, scoring Brown.

Cole Brown and Walt Ketchings each doubled for Trinity.

Trinity, 7-4, plays at Presbyterian Christian Friday.