Cougars hold on to beat Saints

Published 4:21 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Brookhaven Academy pitcher Zach Watson allowed Trinity to score four runs on two hits, a walk and two errors in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The first three innings Watson was on the mound, the Saints couldn’t score a single run as the Cougars held on for a 7-4 win Monday night at Chester Wills Field.

“We took a few days off for Easter and we came out slow,” Trinity head coach Matt Mason said. “We hated to lose the game, but we needed to get some guys some work. Matthew (Freeman) got a few innings and Jordan (Dossett) got a few innings and Kolby (Godfrey) got a few innings.”

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Corey Dickerson went 2-for-3 for Brookhaven Academy, including a run-scoring triple in the top of the first inning as the Cougars took a 3-0 lead. They added two more runs in the top of the third and another run in the top of the fourth for what appeared to be a commanding 6-0 lead.

And the way Watson was pitching, it looked like the Cougars were on their way to an easy win. That was until he got into trouble in the bottom of the fourth inning.

With one out, Blaine Misita reached on an error and scored on a double by Taylor Hinson. Kyle Ketchings walked and Clint Easom hit into an error that brought in Hinson. Then Kolby Godfrey doubled to score Ketchings and Easom and just like that it was a 6-4 game.

“We put the ball in play, but they did a good job defensively,” Mason said. “We hit routine ground balls and they made the routine plays on defense and that was the difference. They used three different pitchers.”

Watson was able to get out of the jam without giving up any more runs in the fourth. He did help his cause by going 3-for-3 at the plate. Watson, the winning pitcher, was relieved by Dickerson, who gave up no runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Seth Cliburn pitched a scoreless seventh inning to preserve the win.

In addition to the doubles by Hinson and Godfrey, Parker Brumfield went 2-for-4 for Trinity (8-10).

Block 13-15, Ringgold 2-0

JONESVILLE — Even though Block didn’t get many hits in either of its games against Ringgold, the Bears took advantage of several miscues to easily defeat the Redskins to sweep the District 3-1A varsity doubleheader Monday afternoon.

In the first game of the day, Block erased an early 1-0 deficit by scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Then after Ringgold scored its second and final run of the four-and-a-half inning contest in the top of the second, the Bears pulled away with two runs in the bottom of the second and six more in the bottom of the fourth.

Justin Winborne hit a home run and Ethan Trisler went 2-for-3 with a pair of double for Block. Eric Robinson went 2-for-2 for the Redskins.

Winning pitcher John Davis went three innings with three strikeouts and five walks. Losing pitcher David Winnings went all four innings for Ringgold as he struck out five and walked four.

The second game didn’t exactly turn out the way a 15-0 game is supposed to. Block (10-11, 4-1) ended up with just four hits in the game and Ringgold (0-13, 0-7) committed just two errors.

Winning pitcher Casey Ryan limited Ringgold to just two hits and struck out five in four innings of work.

Bowling Green 10, WCCA 3

FRANKLINTON, La. — Led by Adam Simmons and Cody Hodges, the Buccaneers rallied for five runs in the bottom of the third inning as they defeated the Rams Monday afternoon.

WCCA (8-11) broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the third inning thanks to two hit batters, a walk and error that brought in two runs and an RBI single by Joseph Harvey.

However, Bowling Green made up for its own errors with some outstanding defensive plays that kept the Buccaneers in the game.

“We got thrown out at the plate twice in that inning,” WCCA head coach Ray Olive said.

Then things fell apart for the Rams in the bottom of the third inning as they gave up the lead and never got it back.

Simmons, who went 2-for-4, had a two-run double and Hodges added an RBI double as Bowling Green took a 5-3 lead. The Buccaneers put the game out of reach with one run in the bottom of the fifth and four in the bottom of the sixth.

“They had two big hits and we committed all three of our errors in that third inning,” Olive said.