Lady Saints roll over Tallulah Academy

Published 12:19 am Wednesday, September 8, 2010

TALLULAH, La. — With no junior varsity game taking place, Trinity Episcopal head coach Chris Hutchins decided to give the younger players a chance to play in the Lady Saints’ varsity game at Tallulah Academy.

And those seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade players took advantage of the opportunity as they had four of Trinity’s 13 hits as the Lady Saints rolled to a 20-2 win over the Lady Trojans in just four innings Tuesday afternoon in MAIS District 6-A action.

“We subbed an awful lot. A lot of our younger players got some playing time tonight, and they performed exceptionally well,” Hutchins said. “Jordan Petty, Haley Wroten, Mary Kate Huber and Kailey Hutchins all had (base hits) for some of their limited varsity experience.”

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Petty and Hutchins each had a double, and Wroten had a lead-off double in the top of the fourth inning while Huber had a two-run double later in Trinity’s half of that same inning. The Lady Saints ended up scoring seven runs in the top of the fourth to take a 20-1 lead.

With so many players in the lineup for Trinity, only one player had more than one hit in the game — Caitlyn Upton, who went 2-for-2. One of her base hits was a 2-run triple during the Lady Saints’ five-run scoring barrage in the top of the second inning.

And that was after they started the game by putting up six runs before Tallulah Academy even went to bat in the first inning.

Julia Stevens had an RBI double in the top of the second inning and winning pitcher Katie Steele helped her own cause with an RBI double in the top of the third.

“We really didn’t miss a beat as we (haven’t) for most of the year,” Hutchins said. “We hit the ball all the way through the lineup.”

On the mound, Steele finished with a season-high eight strikeouts, gave up two runs on just two hits, walked four and hit one batter.

“She finished really strong. She had most of her strikeouts toward the end of the game. She found her rhythm and closed the door on Tallulah Academy,” Hutchins said. “We’ve been working on her to perfect a variety of pitches and she worked hard to achieve that goal.”

Tallulah Academy scored one run in the bottom of the first inning and one run in the bottom of the fourth.

The win was a season-high fourth in a row for the Lady Saints, who improved to 7-6 overall and 3-0 in district play. They play host to Tallulah Academy at 4 p.m. Thursday.