Huntington bounces back to throttle Oak Forest Tuesday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 2, 2003

FERRIDAY, La. &045; At last the tide turned for Huntington.

The Hounds (6-9) had been on the frustrating end of late in ball games that didn’t go in their favor because of untimely errors.

However, on Tuesday Huntington sat back and watched Oak Forest misfire in the field and the Hounds felt obliged to capitalize on the gifts in a 13-3 five-inning victory.

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&uot;(Huntington) played good baseball and took their opportunities when they had them,&uot; Oak Forest head coach Chad Simmons said. &uot;That is what a good baseball team will do. We are not one of those right now.&uot;

The runs came in huge chunks for Huntington with the Yellow Jackets’ unable to stop the bleeding in much of the third inning, as the Hounds sent 13 batters to the plate.

After trailing 1-0 when Oak Forest’s Ashton Guidry singled home a run in the top half, the Hounds responded in their half of the third with eight runs, only four were earned.

&uot;We’re doing a better job to put the ball in play from the plate and cutting down on our strikeouts,&uot; Huntington head coach Michael McAnally said. &uot;We took advantage of that. We haven’t done enough of that and it has to continue to get better.&uot;

The eight and ninth Hound batters in the order &045; right fielder Adam Trevillion and shortstop Zack Calhoun &045; opened the third by reaching base on errors.

With the score tied at 1 and runners at first and second base, Landon Yarborough loaded them up when he laid down a perfect bunt on the infield grass.

&uot;We’ve talked a lot about doing the little things and being able to get a couple sacrifices down, those will win games for you,&uot; McAnally said.

After Bronson Rhodes was hit by a pitch to plate a run and chase Oak Forest starter Corey Blurk from the game, Kyle Johnson scored a couple for a 4-1 lead when his infield hit torpedoed off the Yellow Jacket’s second baseman’s knee.

In their second at-bats of the inning, Trevillion and Calhoun each delivered with run-scoring singles into right field that put the Hounds up 8-1.

&uot;We didn’t make a lot of routine plays and gave them a lot of runs,&uot; Simmons said. &uot;If we execute those fundamentals we would have been in the game. Not playing fundamental ball has been killing us most of the season.&uot;

Huntington can relate. The Hounds, who have now won four of their last five games, were the victims of one to many errors in last week’s 3-2 loss to division 7-1A defending champ Amite School Center.

Will Moak got the nod for last night’s start but still has not achieved his first win of the season because Huntington coaches took him out after the second inning.

Moak’s throwing shoulder, which has bothered him since football season, led to his early exit. McAnally wanted to got Moak that first victory, but at the same time played devil’s advocate for the near future.

&uot;We’ve got big things this weekend with district games against Amite (School Center) and Pine Hills,&uot; he said. &uot;We’re going to need him then, so we didn’t want to aggravate any pain.&uot;

Kyle Johnson came on in relief and looked masterful once again, yielding just two earned runs and giving free passes to just a pair of Yellow Jacket hitters.

His most lopsided inning was the top of the fourth, after his Hounds had hung that eight spot on the scoreboard.

Shane Holland and Todd Lawson went gapping with back-to-back doubles in right-center and left-center, respectively.

Both shots scored runs with two outs in the inning. After Lawson’s blast, Johnson got Scott Schilling to ground out.