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Prep baseball roundups: Trinity defeats Magnolia Heights

FERRIDAY — The top-ranked team in MAIS Class A played host to the sixth-ranked team in Class AAA Thursday afternoon as Trinity Episcopal took on Magnolia Heights School.

But it wasn’t exactly the best-played game between two ranked teams. Magnolia Heights committed three errors. Trinity Episcopal’s pitchers allowed just four hits yet walked nine batters and hit two more batters.

And to no one’s surprise, it came down to the seventh and final inning. The Chiefs scored two runs in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie, but the Saints rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to escape with a 6-5 win at the Huntington baseball field.

Scott Turner singled to deep left field with the bases loaded and one out that scored Givonni Dent with the game-winning run for Trinity (5-1). Kent King started the rally by reaching on an error and later scoring when Jake Winston reached on an error. Daniel Dunaway singled and scored the game-tying run on a wild pitch.

Back-to-back walks by Magnolia Heights pitcher Jake Smith loaded the bases with still nobody out. Sky Logan reached on a fielder’s choice, but Winston was tagged out. However, the bases remained loaded until Turner delivered with the clutch hit.

Magnolia Heights (6-3) traveled nearly 500 miles from Senatobia and left here with a loss despite having leads of 3-0 and 5-3. The Chiefs broke a scoreless ball game by scoring three runs in the top of the third inning. The Saints responded by scoring one run in the bottom of the fourth inning and two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 3-3 game.

Dent came on in relief of starting pitcher Winston and was credit with the win on the mound. Smith pitched all seven innings for the Chiefs and allowed 10 hits – all singles. Both Dent and Caleb Gillespie went 2-for-3 while Turner was 2-for-4.

Trinity Episcopal hosts Covenant Christian out of Houma, La. this Saturday at noon.

Brookhaven 7, Cathedral 4

NATCHEZ — The Cathedral Green Wave let two golden scoring opportunities slip away late in the ball game as the No. 1 in the state in Class 1A fell to a Brookhaven Panthers team that is currently unranked in Class 5A Thursday afternoon at Chester Willis Field.

Cathedral tried to rally from an early 3-0 deficit and then a 5-1 deficit after four innings of play. And the Green Wave certainly had its chances in the final two innings.

“We had the bases loaded with one out in the (bottom of) the sixth and seventh innings and could not convert them into runs,” Green Wave head coach Craig Beesley said.

Instead, the Green Wave managed just one run in the bottom of the sixth inning to trail 6-4 and, after Brookhaven scored one run in the top of the seventh inning to go up 7-4, came up empty in the bottom of the seventh.

The Panthers scored three runs in the top of the first inning and kept Cathedral off the scoreboard until the bottom of the third inning, when the Green Wave brought in two runs. But the Panthers got those two runs back in the top of the fourth to reclaim their three-run advantage.

Cathedral scored one run in the bottom of the fourth to cut Brookhaven’s lead to 5-3. And while the Green Wave made it interesting in the final two innings, it could get no closer to the lead than two runs the rest of the way.

“We gave up three runs in the first inning and we had to fight back from that. I was very proud of the way we played. We had a lot of life and energy. I just feel like it was one of our better games this year so far,” Beesley said.

Blake Martin went 2-for-2 while Caleb Upton went 2-for-4 and Rudy Lazarus had a double for Cathedral (6-2). E.J. Henderson went 3-for-4 and winning pitcher Dillon Newell had a double to lead Brookhaven at the plate.

Cathedral returns to Region 7-1A action next Tuesday when it hosts Bogue Chitto. The junior varsity game starts at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m.

Caldwell Parish 15, Vidalia 0

COLUMBIA, La. — The Vidalia Vikings were shut out Thursday night at the Caldwell Parish Tournament by the host Caldwell Parish Spartans to drop to 2-6 on the season.

Vidalia will play host to Block today at 5 p.m. in a make-up game that was postponed on Monday due to inclement weather.

Rapides 7, Monterey 6

LECOMPTE, La. — The Monterey Wolves lost a heartbreaker to the Rapides Mustangs Thursday afternoon in nine innings to drop to 1-7 overall and 0-2 in LHSAA District 6-B.

Monterey will participate in the Grace Christian Tournament in Alexandria, La. this Saturday.

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