Huntington splits with ASC; Lady Rams win big

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 9, 2003

FERRIDAY, La. &045; The hitting was going to be the question mark, and Saturday’s results had a sizeable mark for the Huntington Lady Hounds.

On Tuesday, however, things started to make sense. The Lady Hounds put the bat on the ball well in both games of a doubleheader split with Amite School Center, but it was the second game where they strung the hits together for a rally.

The Lady Rebels won the first game 4-1 before Huntington took Game 2 6-3 in four innings.

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&uot;We changed our practice format yesterday,&uot; Huntington head coach Brandon Gousset said. &uot;Today we were 100 percent better than we were Saturday. On Saturday we got no-hit by an eighth-grader. We’re hitting, but we weren’t hitting good enough. They (ASC) are the defending state champs. I think we can hang with that team.&uot;

The Lady Hounds put their best rally so far up in the third inning thanks to five hits while even leaving the bases loaded. Erin Hedrick started it with an inside-the-park homer when a line shot to left took a funny bounce and got past the left fielder.

Amber Smith &045; who singled in each of her five at-bats on the day &045; followed with a hit, m moved up on a Katie Moak sacrifice bunt, went to third on Julie Moak’s infield single and scored on a double steal for a 4-2 lead.

Kasey Hammond then singled in Julie Moak, and Jessi Lee’s walk with the bases loaded brought home Hammond for a 6-2 lead.

Amite put two runs on the board in the first off Huntington pitcher Jessi Lee, who walked the first two batters of the game. Katie Moore’s groundout scored Casey Alexander, and Anna Blalock scored on an error for a 2-0 lead.

After that Lee allowed one hit and had one ball leave the infield. She came in after top starter Erin Hedrick went the distance in the first game while striking out eight and walking none despite the loss.

&uot;Erin didn’t get her drop ball going like she wanted to,&uot; Gousset said. &uot;But she’s not going to walk very many. Jessi pitched two good innings against Centreville in that tournament, and they only got one run off her. When she is on, she’s hard to hit. Erin has six different pitches, and Jessi has five.

&uot;It just takes Jessi a long time to get warmed up. She normally throws longer before anybody else before a game.&uot;

Hedrick got into trouble in the third inning after striking out the leadoff batter and getting the third batter on a strikeout for two outs. Casey Alexander then got an infield single, and Stephine Stevens singled in the first run for a 1-0 lead.

Stacey Mabry singled in Alexander, and Stevens scored on a wild pitch for a 3-0 lead.

Huntington answered with a run in the first when Lee beat out an infield grounder to score Kasey Hammond.

The Lady Hounds got a

hit in each inning but the first and the last off Amite starter Janney Stevens but couldn’t put a rally together.

WCCA 18, Oak Forest 6

WOODVILLE &045; Six runs in its first at-bat was good enough damage for Oak Forest. Or so everyone thought.

The Lady Rams then scored 18 runs in the second inning on six hits thanks to a multitude of walks to blow the game open and win in three innings.

&uot;It was ugly, but it was a win,&uot; WCCA head coach Buck Shipp said. &uot;We’re struggling. Everybody is kind of down this year except ASC.&uot;

The Lady Rams (1-4) came through with singles from Erin Ashley, Tori Whetstone, Lill Netterville, Corley Sessions and Ashley McGraw. Netterville had two singles in the inning.