Trinity rides early-inning offense to 11-2 win Saturday afternoon

Published 12:06 am Sunday, March 20, 2011

FERRIDAY — An early offensive surge by the Trinity Episcopal Day School baseball team proved to be all that was necessary as Saints pitching kept the Covenant Christian Academy bats in check.

Trinity starter Scott Turner and reliever Daniel Dunaway held the Lions from Houma, La., to just two runs in an 11-2 win Saturday afternoon. Turner pitched four innings, yielding both runs, and Dunaway pitched three scoreless for the Saints.

“I thought we came out sharp,” Trinity head coach Mitch Ashmore said.

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“It’s been a while since Scott has thrown, because he banged his elbow up on a play a week or so ago. I thought he did well in his outing, and Dunaway pitched well (in relief).”

In the bottom of the first, Kent King got things started for the Saints by hitting a 1-2 pitch over the left-center wall for a solo home run.

Trinity’s offense continued to pick up steam in the second inning as King drove in another run to give the Saints a 2-0 lead. Another run scored when Lions third baseman Jim Moores had a throwing error on a ground ball by Dunaway.

Jake Winston added a run on a fielder’s choice, and Trevor Faust had an RBI single. A bases-loaded walk by Sky Logan extended Trinity’s lead to 6-0 before the Lions finally got out of the inning.

Another ground ball by Dunaway led to another throwing error by Moores in the third inning, which plated two more runs for the Saints. A Winston plated another run for Trinity, making it 9-0.

Turner ran into some trouble in the fourth, allowing two runs to score. Dunaway came in relief in the fifth inning, keeping the Lions tamed for the rest of the game with three shutout innings.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Trinity added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth but left the bases loaded. Dunaway retired the side in the top of the seventh to end the game.

Even with the win, Ashmore said there were things he noticed his team needed to work on during the game.

“I though we started out hitting the ball like we’re capable of doing, then we kind of lost focus as the game went on, and we kind of drug through those last few innings,” Ashmore said.

“There are a lot of little things we need to work on.”

Trinity (6-1) will play at River Oaks Monday.