Monterey puts away Epps in five; PCA pounds Huntington

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 31, 2003

MONTEREY, La. &045; You take the positives in situations like these.

So here one big one: Monterey’s Wolves jumped on Epps in the third inning before taking a 13-3 win in five innings to go to 4-0 in the first round of District 3-B action Monday.

And another: In the second round the Wolves will host Harrisonburg, the defending district champion, and Kilbourne.

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&uot;That’s the only thing you can say,&uot; Monterey head coach Hank Zizzi said. &uot;You’ve got to win the ugly games, and we won the ugly one (today). But we played well enough to win, and that’s the key.&uot;

So what went wrong Monday against the Panthers? Looking at the stat sheet, not much: the Wolves had 13 runs on 12 hits and got a solid outing from Max Green on the mound to take the win.

The Wolves (10-4 overall) came out a little sluggish before ringing up seven runs in the third inning.

&uot;We just didn’t play with any enthusiasm,&uot; Zizzi said. &uot;No enthusiasm. We just didn’t play. That’s the thing. We started to hit when we had to. Our minds weren’t in the game. That (third inning) was when we broke it open. &uot;

The Wolves came to life in the third after a four-run second when they sent 12 men to the plate. Ben Brallier doubled in Matt Shively and Max Green to start things off, and Ryan Kemp later deposited a three-run homer for a 10-0 lead. A.J. Smith was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on an error.

In the first Phillip Bryan led off with a double and scored on an error. In the second Brallier singled in a run, Bryan got a run home on an error and Kemp doubled in a run for a 5-0 lead.

Green struck out nine and allowed five hits, including a solo homer from Josh Williams in the third. The Panthers (0-3 in district) got two in the fifth when Kwan Day doubled in two runs.

Porter’s Chapel 13, Huntington 2

FERRIDAY, La. &045; The pitching was there again for the Hounds, but that’s been the case more often than not.

The Hounds had troubles in the field Monday against Porter’s Chapel, and the Eagles took advantage of six errors behind pitcher Bronson Rhodes to take the 11-run non-district win at the Huntington diamond.

&uot;Bronson threw a good game,&uot; Huntington coach Michael McAnally said. &uot;Our pitchers have thrown well for us, and Bronson gave us a good effort. The bottom line is we didn’t come out ready to play. We came off such a good effort against Brookhaven (Saturday). I’d say this was our most disappointing effort of the year. We layed down.&uot;

Rhodes and the Hounds yielded three runs in the second inning, but they got a run to answer in the bottom half when a bases-loaded walk to Ples Arthur brought home Rhodes.

Porter’s Chapel then tagged five runs on the board in the fifth for an 8-1 lead, and all the Hounds could do in the bottom half was get another run when Kyle Johnson scored on an Adam Trevillion sacrifice fly.

From there the Eagles scored two in the sixth and three in the seventh to run away with it.

&uot;The errors killed us,&uot; McAnally said. &uot;We gave up four earned runs. They had 15 hits and hit the ball well, but it was all after we had given them extra outs. You can’t do that.&uot;