Huntington escapes with win

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, March 12, 2008

TALLULAH, La. — Huntington pitcher Jordan Wilson got big out after big out to get out of several jams as he helped the Hounds defeat the Tallulah Academy Trojans 2-1 Tuesday afternoon in what turned out to be their official MPSA District 6-A opener.

Wilson struck out eight batters, gave up just two hits and walked three in a complete-game outing to pick up the win.

“I thought he threw very, very well,” Huntington head coach Mitch Ashmore said. “He gave us a great performance. His performance was the difference in the game.”

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For the second straight game, Huntington (4-6, 1-0) played in less-than-ideal field conditions. And on this occasion, the Hounds were able to score enough runs to escape with the victory.

Wilson gave up a run in the bottom of the first inning before keeping the Trojans off the scoreboard the rest of the game. Huntington scored both of its runs in the top of the third inning.

The Hounds has runners at first and third when they ran a forced balk play that brought in Jody Cottongin for the game-tying run. Then Josh Lee picked up an RBI on a ground ball that scored Landon Willard for what turned out to be the game-winning run.

Wilson’s pitching helped Huntington overcome four errors that could have allowed Tallulah Academy to take control of the game.

“There were some spots that hurt us, but he was able to pitch us out of that,” Ashmore said. “We put him in some tough situations. In the last inning, he made some good pitches that helped us win.”

Monday night’s home game against District 6-A opponent Tensas Academy was ruled a suspended game and will have to be finished at a later date. The Hounds were leading the Chiefs 4-1 after four innings.

Huntington will next play at Franklin Academy on Friday with the junior varsity game at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6 p.m. The Hounds were scheduled to play at Glenbrook on Thursday and again at home on Thursday, March 20, but those games have been cancelled.

WCCA 7, Franklin Academy 3

WINNSBORO, La. — After giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning, Sutton Olive allowed just one run in the final six innings as WCCA defeated Franklin Academy Tuesday night in the Rams’ MPSA District 6-A opener.

Sutton Olive struck out six and scattered seven hits in seven innings to pick up the victory. The defense behind was also magnificent as the Rams turned two double plays and got a couple of outstanding catches in the outfield to prevent the Cougars from getting what could have been extra-base hits.

“He started out shaky in the first. They never hit the ball hard, but they found a few holes,” WCCA head coach Ray Olive said. “After the first, he settled down. He did a good job of hitting his spots. We had excellent defense behind him.”

WCCA (6-5, 1-0) got things started with two runs in the top of the first inning, one of those on an RBI double by Brandon Simon. After Franklin Academy tied the game in the bottom of the first, the score remained 2-2 until the Rams took the lead for good with one run in the top of the fourth.

In the top of the fifth, Corey Havard singled and scored on Simon’s second double of the game. Simon then scored on a fielder’s choice by Brennan Bush to make it a 5-2 game in favor of the Rams.

The Cougars scored one run in the bottom of the fifth, but any thoughts of them rallying late ended when the Rams scored two runs in the top of the seventh. Bush got on with a single. Then pinch runner Randy Bell ran for Bush and scored on an RBI single by Olive. Trumaine Norwood, who was running for Olive, scored after the Trojans committed back-to-back errors.

“I was proud of our hitting. We hit well and we hit with runners in scoring position,” coach Olive said.

Led by Simon, who went 2-for-3, and Havard, who was 2-for-4, the Rams got eight hits off losing pitcher Caleb Haring. Ryne Ford went 3-for-3 to lead the Cougars.