Trinity falls in long game against Centreville

Published 12:15 am Tuesday, March 3, 2009

NATCHEZ — The Trinity Saints’ baseball team had a couple chances to come back against Centreville Academy, but they let those opportunities pass by Monday night in a 16-14 loss at Chester Willis Field.

The Saints 14-5 after three innings, but put up four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings while holding the Tigers scoreless to get back into the game.

But a couple missed opportunities in the fifth inning sealed Trinity’s fate in its second loss to Centreville this season.

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“We had a chance in the fifth inning to get a couple runs in, but we had a hard-hit ball that turned into a double play,” Trinity coach Matt Mason said. “Their third baseman just made a great play. He made a backhanded catch, stepped on the bag and threw it across.”

The seven-inning game lasted nearly three and a half hours, and the Saints put five different pitchers on the mound.

Givonni Dent started the game and received the loss. Wells Middleton, the team’s lone senior, pitched second, followed by Jake Winston, Trevor Faust and Jordan Dossett.

“It was a long game,” Mason said. “We struggled early throwing strikes and got ourselves into a hole. We gave up nine runs in the first couple innings.”

Both teams scored a run in the sixth inning, but the Tigers put up one in the seventh while the Saints went scoreless.

The Saints (2-3) take on the No. 1 team in MPSA Class AA, Central Private, at 5:30 p.m. today at Chester Willis Field.

“I never like to lose a ball game, but I was proud of the guys for fighting back,” Mason said. “I’m proud of the leadership Wells is giving them right now. He’s putting a lot of fight and want-to into our guys right now.”