Huntington sweeps ASC Monday

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 28, 2001

FERRIDAY, La. – The Huntington Hounds rallied from one-run deficits in both games of a doubleheader Monday to defeat Amite School Center, 7-2, 2-1.

&uot;We had a long talk before the game about our execution and performance,&uot; said coach Mike McAnally.

After tying the game 2-2 in the fourth inning, the Hounds broke the game open in the sixth. Emily Hazlip blooped a pitch down the first base line that fell in. Amber Keyes drew a walk. Mary Ella Green sacrificed Hazlip and Keyes to third and second. Whitney Bradford shot one toward the gap, which the center fielder dropped, scoring Hazlip. Lindsay Wagoner walked and Tiffany Ferguson singled, loading the bases.

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Lauren Wagoner slapped a ball to shortstop, who came home with her throw. But Bradford hustled home and took out the catcher. The ball deflected off the catcher’s love, allowing Lindsay Wagoner to touch home. That gave Huntington a 7-2 lead.

In the second game, the Hounds again fell behind to the Rebels, 1-0. But Huntington took advantage of three errors in the fourth inning to score two runs and get the win. In fact, the Hounds were held hitless. With one out Lindsay Wagoner reached on the Rebel shortstop’s error. Ferguson also tested the shortstop with a chopper up the middle. This one took a bad hop and allowed Wagoner to go to second and Ferguson to get to first. Lauren Wagoner sacrificed her sister and Ferguson. Jessi Moak grounded one to second, which the second baseman booted.

Wagoner scored easily and Ferguson raced home to hand Huntington a 2-1 lead.

Candi Bennett notched her third win of the year when Ferguson gunned down Amite’s Emily Dixon at third on a steal attempt in the fifth.

&uot;I was very pleased with her performance,&uot; McAnally said of the 13-year old. &uot;She’s young, and she’s still leaning, but she showed a lot of poise and confidence out there.&uot;

McAnally said it was nice to pick up the two wins over Amite. &uot;This is a team we’ll see in the state finals.&uot;

Huntington travels to Central Hinds today for junior varsity and varsity games.