Brumfield tosses no-hitter in Trinity win

Published 12:16 am Thursday, March 6, 2008

NATCHEZ — Parker Brumfield was blissfully unaware he had his first career no-hitter going.

That was before a teammate blabbed that information to the Trinity pitcher after the fourth inning.

“I thought he was going to jinx me,” Brumfield said.

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Fortunately for him and the Saints, however, the senior retired the side in order in the top of the fifth inning as the Saints (4-0) run-ruled Huntington 13-0 at Chester Willis Field Wednesday evening.

“There was a little more pressure to throw strikes (in the last inning),” Brumfield said. “But I was mainly concerned with keeping the 10-run rule in effect.”

Brumfield’s outing impressed his coach, Matt Mason.

“It was a great pitching outing by Parker,” Mason said. “He hit his spots tonight and set up his fastball with a good breaking ball.”

Brumfield got plenty of run support from his teammates, as the Saints erupted for six runs in the first inning to give him all the runs he would need.

Brumfield drove in the first run with a single before Matt Barnes and Wells Middleton hit back-to-back doubles that drove in three more runs combined. Trevor Faust and Kent King then hit singles that scored the final two runs of the inning.

Barnes was 2-4 on the night while Faust was 2-3.

“I was very pleased with the way we swung the bats tonight,” Mason said. “Even the outs we had were hit hard.”

The Saints scored three more runs in the second inning on a three-run triple by Faust and scored the final four runs of the game in the fourth inning. Chase Patrick had an RBI single and the other three runs scored on bases-loaded walks.

“The seniors are doing a good job of leading and our young guys are stepping up big for us,” Mason said.

For Huntington, it was another disappointing note in a tough beginning to their season.

The Hounds, the defending MPSA Class A South State Champions, are off to just a 2-4 start to the season, including two blowout losses to Trinity where the combined score was 25-1.

“I would say we’re not being coached well right now,” Huntington coach Mitch Ashmore said. “I’m ultimately responsible for what goes on in the field and we’re not getting the job done.”