Hounds win 11-6 vs. Tensas

Published 12:22 am Wednesday, April 8, 2009

ST. JOSESPH, La. — Josh Lee pitched two-hit ball over 5 2/3 innings, and Jordan Jones’ base hit started a five-run rally in the top of the third inning as Huntington defeated Tensas Academy 11-6 Tuesday afternoon to clinch a berth in the MPSA District 6-A Tournament.

Lee came on in relief for starting pitcher Jordan Wilson, who was roughed up in the bottom of the second inning and was pulled by coach Leo Eliser after going just an inning and a third.

“Jordan just didn’t have it today. He had an off day,” Eliser said. “But we came back and played really hard. Josh pitched a heck of a game. We were down 5-2 in the second inning. We came around and played like a team is supposed to play.”

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Eliser said Jones’ base hit was the catalyst that sparked Huntington’s comeback in the top of the third inning, which ended with a 7-5 Hounds lead. The Chiefs got back one run in the bottom of the sixth, but Lee pitched four scoreless innings after that.

Lee struck out seven batters and walked just two to pick up the win. He also got some help from the defense, which made some spectacular catches while having to battle a strong northwest wind.

“The wind was so bad up here that a ball that was in centerfield ended up in right field,” Eliser said. “Joey Roberts caught two balls that I thought were uncatchable. We got lucky and caught them, and they didn’t.”

Huntington (4-11, 4-3) scored one run each in the top of the fifth and sixth innings and capped off the win with two runs in the top of the seventh. Jones went 3-for-3 at the plate, while Phillip Washington went 2-for-5 with a double.

Because Huntington clinched the No. 2 seed from the East sub-district of District 6-A, it will not have to play Franklin Academy. The two teams were to play each other March 27, but that game was rained out. The Hounds will play the No. 1 seed from the West sub-district, Glenbrook or Riverdale, Monday in the first round of the District Tournament, which will be held at Franklin Academy in Winnsboro, La.

Cathedral 9, Dexter 1

Cathedral 15, Dexter 3

TYLERTOWN — The Cathedral Green Wave is still undefeated. And now they can add Division 7-1A champions to that distinction after defeating the Dexter Bulldogs in the first game of a doubleheader sweep Tuesday afternoon.

In the first game, Cole Mann struck out seven and allowed one hit in five innings. Cathedral broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the top of the second inning.

Preston Edwards and Daniel Jenkins each homered for the Green Wave.

“Our pitcher did a good job in the first game. Cole pitched a good game, and the defense did a good job behind him,” Cathedral coach Craig Beesley said.

After clinching the division title with their win in Game 1, the Green Wave nearly a letdown as they trailed Dexter 3-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning. But they were patient at the plate and forced the Bulldogs to commit some costly errors that keyed a 13-run rally. The Green Wave then scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

A pitching change was also a key factor in the come-from-behind win.

Tyler Morrison gave up three runs in 2 2/3 innings and left the game with runners at second and third and two outs in the top of the third inning. He was relieved by Aaron White, who retired the next batter to keep the Bulldogs from expanding their lead.

“Aaron came on in relief and shut Dexter down,” Beesley said. “Tyler walked two, hit two and struck out three.”

White was the winning pitcher, and he hit 2-for-2 at the plate. Dexter’s only base hit in the second game was a double by Charsmetric Badon.

Cathedral (17-0, 11-0) still has one more division game to go, Tuesday at Bogue Chitto. The Class 1A South State Playoffs are still a few weeks away, and the Green Wave has already clinched the division’s No. 1 seed.

Natchez High 21, Wingfield 0

JACKSON — With two swings of the bat, Javon Washington drove in five runs as the Natchez High Bulldogs routed the Wingfield Falcons Tuesday afternoon in a Division 6-5A game.

Washington had a two-run triple in the top of the first inning as Natchez High jumped out to a commanding 10-0 lead and never looked back. He added a three-run home run in the top of the third that gave the Bulldogs a 21-0 lead, and ended up going 4-for-4 for the game.

Natchez High (10-5-1, 4-2) did not let up a bit as it scored eight more runs in the top of the second inning. Winning pitcher Derrian Johnson held Wingfield to just two hits.

Centreville 16,

Amite School Center 1

LIBERTY — Chase Wilkins pitched a two-hitter and Cliff Hurst hit a home run as Centreville kept its playoff chances alive with an easy victory over Amite School Center, which is still winless in MPSA District 5-AA.

Centreville (13-9, 5-5) scored four runs in the top of the first inning and led 5-1 after three innings. The Tigers then poured it on with four runs in the top of the fourth inning and seven runs in the top of the fifth.

Hurst also had a double and ended up 2-for-4, while Tyler Toles went 3-for-4 and Logan Felder was 2-for-4 with a double.

Amite School Center (0-10 in district play) scored its only run in the bottom of the third inning.

Oak Forest 11, WCCA 7

WOODVILLE — There would be no last inning heroics needed for Oak Forest Academy Tuesday night, but the Yellow Jackets did have to hold off a late rally to defeat the WCCA Rams for the second time in as many nights.

Oak Forest jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, and a six-run barrage in the top of the fifth inning gave the Yellow Jackets what appeared to have been a commanding 10-0 lead. But WCCA would not go away quietly. The Rams scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead in half. They then scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it would not be enough.

Newstrom led Oak Forest (11-11) at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a double. Peterson went 2-for-4 with a triple. WCCA (8-13) was led by Sutton Olive, who had two doubles in his four at-bats.