Saints come back to beat Tallulah

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2007

With Tallulah Academy leading 7-3 with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, Trinity Episcopal head coach Matt Mason made a key pitching change.

Starting pitcher Matt Barnes, who struggled on the mound, was relieved by Kolby Godfrey.

Thankfully for Mason and the Saints, the change worked as they rallied to defeat the Trojans 8-7 in eight innings in an MPSA District 7-A game.

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In the top of the eighth inning, Matthew Freeman walked and Barnes reached on an error. Jeremy Waldrop then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Freeman to third base and Barnes over to second. Taylor Hinson was walked to load the bases and Blaine Misita hit a deep sacrifice fly to right field to bring in Freeman with the game-winning run.

But it took a big rally in the top of the sixth inning to get Trinity (7-8, 4-2) to that point. The Saints trailed the Trojans 7-4 before scoring three runs in their half of the sixth that eventually sent the game into extra innings.

With one out, Freeman singled and Barnes hit a single that went far enough to score Freeman. Then with two outs, Hinson reached on an error and Misita doubled to score Barnes and Hinson.

Freeman, who went 2-for-4, also hit a solo home run earlier in the game. Barnes overcame his problems on the mound by going 4-for-5.

Tallulah Academy appeared to be in command of the game as it scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and two runs each in the bottom of the second and third innings.

Cody Landrem went 2-for-4 with a triple and Owen Clark was 2-for-4. However, six errors proved to be costly for the Trojans.

Godfrey pitched five and one-third scoreless innings while striking out two and allowing just two hits in picking up the win. Barnes, who went two and two-thirds innings, gave up seven runs on six hits.