Hounds get pair of homers in shutout win
Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 30, 2003
FERRIDAY, La. &045; The baseball is as big as a cantaloupe
right now for Huntington slugger Patrick Clayton.
The Hound leadoff hitter clobbered his second homer in last three games to lead Huntington (5-8) to a 6-0 non-district win over Brookhaven Academy Saturday.
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Clayton, who began the year at the top of the order, endured being shuffled around while coaches Michael McAnally and Mitch Ashmore got comfortable on a game lineup.
But since returning to the leadoff spot five games ago, he has thrived for the Hounds.
&uot;Patrick is a senior and I expect more from all my seniors,&uot; McAnally said. &uot;He has provided that spark for us lately.&uot;
Kyle Johnson pitched the complete game four-hitter in the win, as sometimes closer Will Moak came on to pick up the save.
&uot;Kyle threw a complete game for us against Trinity and his last two outings have been nothing but positive,&uot; McAnally said. &uot;We got a great effort from all of our pitching this week. If our bats can can catch up, we should be pretty good by the end of the year.&uot;
The Hounds provided runs for Johnson in third with one and in the fourth with three to build a 4-0 advantage.
&uot;This was probably one of our best overall efforts of the year all around,&uot; McAnally said. &uot;We started swinging the bat better and are beginning to make the routine plays.
&uot;Everything just came together today.&uot;
To go along with Clayton’s second blast of the season, Zack Calhoun went yard for his first dinger of the year.
Ples Arthur added a double, as the Hounds exploded for seven hits and committed just one error.
&uot;I’m pleased with the progress we’ve shown the last three games,&uot; McAnally said. &uot;Hopefully we’ll continue to improve as a good Porter’s Chapel comes in here (Ferriday) on Monday.&uot;