Shaky pitching and lack of offense dooms Trinity vs. Minden

Published 12:01 am Friday, March 19, 2010

VIDALIA — The Trinity Episcopal Saints had every chance to pick up a win over Minden in the first game of the Vidalia High Golden Equipment Invitational.

But a lack of offensive production and shaky pitching cost the Saints in a 5-4 loss to the Crimson Tide.

Minden won the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Derek Herrington lined a single that scored Bo Parker with the winning run.

Neither team had much luck at the plate. Minden had just four hits in the game while Trinity managed just three singles.

“We were very poor at the plate tonight,” Trinity coach Mitch Ashmore said. “That happens sometimes. But a lot of my concern is we didn’t execute the way we needed to do in order to win the game.”

Trinity looked like it was in a good position after the Saints scored three runs in the top of the second inning to take a 3-0 lead.

Jordan Dossett brought home the first run with an RBI single and then later scored on a wild pitch.

The third run of the inning came home when Chase Patrick scored on a throwing error.

Minden came back with two runs in the bottom of the third inning, even though the Crimson Tide didn’t record a hit.

Three walks loaded the bases before Dalton Herrington scored on a wild pitch.

The next batter struck out, but the ball got away from the catcher and Kirby Moore scored on the throw down to first base.

Minden scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the lead.

Dalton Herrington drove home the first run with a single while the second run scored on a sacrifice fly by Moore.

Trinity did come back to tie the game in the top of the fifth inning when Kent King scored on a throwing error with two outs.

Neither team threatened in the sixth inning before Minden came to bat in the bottom of the seventh.

With two outs and nobody on base, Parker drew a walk. He then went to third when the ball was thrown away on a pickoff attempt.

After two intentional walks in a row, Derek Herrington lined a ball into the gap to end the game.

“We’ve got to do a better job all around,” Ashmore said. “We’ve got to start doing the things that will make us better come April.”

Trinity’s record dropped to 4-4 with the loss. The Saints will play two games on Saturday in the tournament, at 1:15 p.m. against West Feliciana and at 5:45 p.m. against Oakdale.