Treys go wild as Hounds beat Tunica

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 13, 2005

FERRIDAY, La. &045; In this game, Treys really are wild &045; or at least they were for Huntington Tuesday night.

The Hounds trio of Treys &045; Trey Corbett, Trey Keith and Trey Brasher &045; led the way as Huntington beat Tunica 6-5 to tie the MPSA Class A Championship Series at 1-1. Game 3 will start at 4 p.m. Thursday at Tunica.

&uot;I’ve said it before, but if you had told me before the season that we would have one game left for a state championship, I would said that was pretty crazy,&uot; Huntington head coach Mitch Ashmore said. &uot;But now that’s where we are. This is baseball, and anything can happen in one game.&uot;

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Brasher was the winning pitcher and hit a solo home run; Corbett scored two runs and knocked in the run that ultimately gave the Hounds the win; and Keith knocked in two runs in the third inning to give Huntington an early lead.

The Hounds won this game, but only by the barest of margins. With the Blue Devils trailing 6-4 heading into the seventh, Tunica’s T.J. Weaver hit a home run to left to move his team within a run. Two batters later, Tunica’s Brent Sharp hit a long fly ball to dead center that Huntington’s Richard Steele &045; just a few steps from the wall &045; caught to end the game.

&uot;That last hit scared me pretty good,&uot; Brasher said. &uot;I pitched the ball and saw him hit it and just thought, ‘Please don’t go over.’&uot;

Scary as the moment was for Brasher, it was a fitting end to a game that featured four home runs between the teams despite some stifling, humid air that appeared to keep a couple more balls in the yard.

&uot;(Tunica has) shown they swing the bat exceptionally well in both games,&uot; Ashmore said. &uot;You can’t get away with much. They have really strong kids. We’re fortunate to take it down to a final game.&uot;

The third inning proved pivotal for both squads. After Brasher hit his second inning home run, Tunica responded with a three-run second. Lance Stribling, the Blue Devils’ pitcher, avenged Brasher’s home run with one of his own to open the inning. John Graves was hit by a pitch and Kyle Abram hit a home run to score them both.

But as they have often done this season, the Hounds responded. Jacob Bonnette led off with a single and stole second. Corbett walked and Ples Arthur’s bloop single loaded the bases for Keith, who hit a single to left field that scored Bonnette and Corbett, tying the game at 3-3.

Brasher grounded out, allowing Arthur to come in and score as the Hounds went ahead.

Huntington added a run in the fifth when Corbett reached base on an error and Arthur was hit by a pitch. Both moved up a base on a passed ball and Corbett came into score when Tunica left fielder T.J. Wilson threw a ball over the catcher’s head as Corbett tagged up from third.

The Blue Devils’ Brent Sharp scored in the sixth when he doubled and came home on two successive passed balls, making the score 5-4 in the Hounds’ favor.

In the sixth, Huntington’s Chad Thomas got a two-out double, setting the stage for Corbett to come through in the clutch. And boy did he, getting a double to left

&uot;We’re finally hitting and we’re getting good pitching,&uot; Corbett said. &uot;On my hit, I just tried to stay back and follow through.&uot;

That hit proved to be crucial when Tunica scored a run in the seventh to make it 6-5, the eventual final score.

Brasher didn’t show his usual propensity for striking batters out, but he did keep his pitch count low induced plenty of pop ups and gave Tunica some trouble, despite the three home runs he gave up.

&uot;I knew they were going to hit the ball. They hit the ball in the first game,&uot; Brasher said. &uot;They’re a really good hitting team, so you just have to keep pitching.&uot;

Tunica head coach Lance Beach had nothing but kind words for Brasher.

&uot;He’s good. He does such a good job placing the ball and mixing things up,&uot; Beach said. &uot;We knew what to expect, but it was tough. We got some home runs from him, but I just wish we had some more runners on base.&uot;