Trinity stuns Columbia in final game, knocks Cougars out of playoff spot

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 25, 2006

COLUMBIA &8212; Trinity Episcopal picked the best way possible to carry momentum into next season.

A 5-4 win at Columbia Academy thanks to a five-run seventh inning to spoil Columbia&8217;s plans of making the Class AA playoffs.

The Saints (5-7, 10-9) trailed 4-0 after six and rallied to take the win and finish the season with a winning record. They got the tying and winning runs from Stevan Ridley when he blasted a two-run homer for his first dinger of the season in his final at-bat.

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Matthew Freeman singled in Blaine Misita and Clint Easom to tie it up before Ridley homered. Jordan Dossett sparked the rally with a double to lead off the inning.

&8220;It&8217;s a big win for us,&8221; Trinity head coach Matt Mason said. &8220;We talked after the game &8212; we&8217;ve learned how to pitch and play defense, and we&8217;ve learned how to battle for seven innings. I think we&8217;re ready to contend for a playoff spot now.

&8220;Freeman stepped up with a big two-out, two-strike hit. Stevan had been hitting the ball hard all night, and he stepped up and drove it out of the park.&8221;

The Cougars threatened in the bottom half against Ridley, who went the distance on the mound and struck out eight. Ridley got two outs before David Murphy walked and later scored on an error with runners at first and second.

Ryan Havard then hit a ground ball to first, and Wells Middleton scooped it up and stepped on the bag for the final out.

The loss puts Centreville Academy in the playoffs as the No. 2 team out of District 4-AA. The Tigers will face 3-AA champion Adams Christian in a best-of-three series next week with Game 1 set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in Natchez.

Huntington at Glenbrook, ppd.

MINDEN, La. &8212; Rain forced the postponement of Game 3 of the Huntington-Glenbrook playoff series Friday, and the game will be played at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Glenbrook couldn&8217;t play today, head coach Mitch Ashmore said, due to a conflict with a school activity.

&8220;God loves baseball,&8221; Ashmore said. &8220;It&8217;s not a real big deal. The colleges and pros &8212; they all play on Sundays.&8221;

Natchez High at Gulfport

GULFPORT &8212; Natchez High opened the second day of its Class 5A opening-round tournament with an 8-7 win over Jim Hill and was losing to Gulfport in the tournament championship 15-2 at press time.

The Bulldogs lost to Gulfport 19-4 in the nightcap Thursday.