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Dossett pitches Saints past Riverfield

RAYVILLE, La. — Trinity Episcopal baseball coach Mitch Ashmore wasn’t pleased with the way his team performed in their first-round playoff victory over Riverdale.

But he could hardly contain his happiness Tuesday night after the Saints defeated Riverfield 9-1 in Game 1 of their MAIS Class A second round series.

“I was very, very proud of our ballclub tonight,” Ashmore said. “We did the little things right tonight, and made the plays we had to make. It’s a very good win for us.”

Trinity pitcher Jordan Dossett pitched an outstanding game, allowing just two hits and no earned runs in a complete-game victory.

“Jordan Dossett threw a magnificent game,” Ashmore said. “He threw strikes and hit his spots. Everything starts on the mound.”

Dossett has battled through a shoulder injury this season, but is pitching his best ball now.

“As long as he keeps the ball down and throws strikes the way he did tonight, he’s tough to hit,” Ashmore said. “He’s not going to overpower a lot of people, but he hits his spots and makes you hit the ball where we want it.”

After a scoreless first two inning, Trinity (19-5) jumped out on top in the top of the third innings thanks to a three-run homer from Givonni Dent.

Dent was 3 for 4 in the game and is 6 for 7 from the plate in his last two games with three doubles and a home run.

“Givonni is a very good hitter,” Ashmore said. “That three-run home run kind of got us going.”

Trinity added to the lead with a run in the fourth inning on a solo blast by Trevor Faust.

The Saints then put the game away for good with four runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Riverfield scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, but Trinity got the run right back in the top of the sixth.

The Saints had nine hits in the game and just one error.

Trinity is just one victory away from moving to the South State finals, and will host Riverfield at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Chester Willis Field in Game 2 of the best-of-three series.

Should Riverfield win that game, a decisive third game would take place immediately following Game 2.

“I’m proud of the kids, but we still have to win a game on Thursday,” Ashmore said. “We can’t let up any now.”

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