Trinity to use Huntington diamond for home baseball games

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 28, 2011

NATCHEZ — The last time the Trinity Episcopal baseball team took the field at Huntington School, it won the 2010 MAIS District 6-A baseball tournament last April.

Now, the Saints will be hoping that same success carries over into the 2011 season.

Trinity will be playing all of its home games at Huntington School’s field this season, instead of sharing Chester-Willis Field with Natchez High and Cathedral. Saints baseball coach Mitch Ashmore said not having to share the field would make it easier for the team.

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“We asked Huntington, which is still a viable corporation, if they would allow us to use their field,” Ashmore said.

“Not to take anything away from Natchez High and Cathedral, but this was the best place we could schedule our games and do what we wanted to do. It makes it a lot easier to maintain and things like that.”

The move is also a homecoming of sorts for Ashmore, who coached at Huntington for 18 years before coming to Trinity for the 2010 season.

“It’s a wonderful field, and it has the ability to be very nice,” he said. “We’ve been working on that since the cold weather left us for the last 10 days, so I’m hoping it’ll be a good thing for us.

“It’s going to take some things on the parents’ side to drive another 15 to 20 minutes, but I think in the end they’ll be glad they did.”

Playing at Huntington is also a homecoming for senior outfielder Kevin Brown, who attended the school before transferring to Trinity last fall after Huntington closed down.

“It feels like I’m back at home and nothing’s changed,” Brown said. “I thought the last time I played on the field would be the last time anyone would, and it would be given to a recreation organization or something.”

Brown also echoed his coach in saying there were advantages to the Saints having a field all to themselves.

“It’s less stressful, knowing that you don’t have to worry about things happening that you wouldn’t know about,” Brown said.

Since Brown lives closer to Huntington than Trinity, it’ll be easier on himself too, he said.

“I’m happy to be back. It brings back a lot of great memories. It still feels like I never left,” Brown said.