Trinity, Huntington vie for State A title

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 20, 2000

The MPSA Class A state softball tournament takes place today at the Huntington High softball field in Ferriday beginning at 9 a.m. Trinity is the South No. 1 seed and Macon Central, the defending state champion, is the North No. 1 seed.

Trinity, 14-3, went undefeated last weekend to win the South A State title. The Lady Saints defeated Claiborne Academy 10-3 in the championship game.

After losing to Claiborne to fall to the loser’s bracket, HHS defeated Tensas and Central to advance to the state tournament.

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Trinity will face Newton Academy, the North No. 4 seed. at 10:10 a.m.

&uot;Newton is the only school from the North that we don’t anything about,&uot; said Trinity assistant coach Rick Kirby.

Huntington, the South No. 3 seed, was scheduled to take on Desoto School (North No. 2) at 9:10 a.m.

&uot;Desoto backed out due to its graduation taking place on Saturday night,&uot; said Huntington head coach Linous Wilkinson.

Therefore, Huntington advanced and will face the Trinity-Newton winner in the quarterfinals at 1:20 p.m.

Macon Central was scheduled to face Central School, the South No. 4 seed, but Central had to drop out.

Therefore, Macon Central received a first-round bye.

&uot;Macon Central is a mighty strong team,&uot; Wilkinson said. &uot;Trinity and Macon Central will be the strongest teams.&uot;

Huntington beat Macon Central to win the ’98 state championship.

&uot;Over the last couple of years we’ve seen Macon Central, Desoto and Kemper,&uot; Kirby said. &uot;Macon Central went through their tournament like we did.&uot;

Wilkinson said that Kemper is not a great team like Trinity and Macon Central, but &uot;always has a good average ball club.&uot;

Kirby likes his team’s chances of taking the state title.

&uot;If we come out playing with energy and determination like we did last weekend, we’ll have a good day,&uot; Kirby said. &uot;We had a good practice today (Thursday) and the team is ready to play.&uot;

Amber Huff will pitch for the Lady Saints.

Huff has pitched since the seventh grade for the Saints, and struck out 10 batters at South State last week.

&uot;People don’t think you have a strategy in slow pitch,&uot; she said. &uot;Coach Rick (Kirby) watches the girls bat and sees what they do and then he’ll tell me how to pitch. I have my own strategy to the way I pitch and when I will throw certain pitches.&uot;

Wilkinson said his team could very well be the surprise team in the tournament.

&uot;If we hit the ball like we did last weekend (over .500 as a team), we’ll stay in there,&uot; Wilkinson said. &uot;I’ve got a team that’ll be here for the next three years. I’ve got only one senior and no juniors, four 10th graders, five 9th graders and one 8th grader.&uot;

on this team.&uot;

Jo-Lee Hughes will pitch for the Lady Hounds.