Trinity goes extra innings to win

Published 12:16 am Saturday, March 15, 2008

VIDALIA — It took 10 innings to decide a wild and controversial game between Trinity and Minden in the Vidalia Invitational Friday night.

Trinity won 8-6 thanks to a two-run double by Kent King in the top of the 10th inning.

“I felt like we got the key hits when we needed them,” Trinity head coach Matt Mason said. “It was good to pull out the win.”

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The Saints controlled most of the game until the bottom of the seventh when a combination of walks and errors allowed Minden to score three runs and tie up the contest.

Richard McHillsack was up to bat with a 2-1 count when a pitch came by that almost hit him.

The Minden head coach came out and argued the call with the umpire and eventually was tossed out of the game because he refused to leave the batter’s box.

Later in the game, a Minden assistant coach and a Minden fan were also thrown out.

The eighth and ninth innings breezed by as both teams used stout pitching and defense to keep the game a nailbiter.

Matt Barnes started off the top of the 10th inning with a single and Jordan Dossett followed with a double.

After two Saints struck out, Kent King knocked in Barnes and Dossett with a two RBI double up the middle.

That would be the only run production that Trinity would see, but it gave them a two run cushion going into the bottom of the 10th.

Minden couldn’t muster up any offense and Justin Hunt grounded out to end the game.

Brian Sanderson received the win for Trinity while Rhyreco Mitchell was handed the loss for Minden.

Sanderson was 2-4 with a double, a home run, and 3 RBIs for the Saints.

Mitchell was 1-3 with a solo home run for Minden.

Trinity plays next in the tournament today against Rayville.