Smith goes yard twice for MHS; Trinity loses

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 24, 2003

KILBOURNE, La. &045; So far everything is good for Monterey heading into Thursday.

The Wolves pounded Kilbourne Monday, 16-3, in five innings to go to 2-0 in District 3-B action with a date Thursday at Harrisonburg, last year’s district champion.

On Monday the Wolves put it all together again with solid pitching, tenacious bats and an error-free ball game.

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And getting 10 free passes in five innings sure helps things.

&uot;We were patient at the plate, got walks and cashed in on them,&uot; Monterey head coach Hank Zizzi said. &uot;We were patient and hit the ball when we needed to.&uot;

The Wolves (8-4, 2-0) took a 2-1 lead in the first inning and used a three-run homer from A.J. Smith in the second to spark a five-run inning to lead 7-1. They tagged on two more in the third to lead 9-2 heading into the fourth.

The Wolves got another in the fourth before exploding for six runs in the fifth, two coming on another homer from Smith. Ryan Kemp nearly put another one out of the yard, but umpires called it a ground-rule double to keep the rally going.

Kemp finished the day with two doubles.

&uot;The kid said after the game to the ump, ‘That ball was 30 feet over the fence,’&uot; Zizzi said. &uot;The ump called a good game, but he just missed that one. It was a low-line shot. I betcha that thing didn’t get 12 feet off the ground.&uot;

Pine Hills 17, Trinity 13

GLOSTER &045; And you thought 13 runs would be enough.

The Saints (1-3, 1-2) surrendered seven runs in the fourth inning and had a chance to rally in the end but couldn’t stop the bleeding against the Wildcats.

Pine Hills scored seven in the fourth to lead 13-8 and another in the fifth. Trinity got two more in the sixth and three in the seventh thanks to a home run from Walt Ketchings.