Saints beat Patriots

Published 12:54 am Sunday, March 27, 2011

JACKSON — Jake Winston pitched seven solid innings and Trevor Faust came through with a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning as the Trinity Episcopal Saints defeated the Jackson Prep Patriots 5-4 Saturday afternoon.

Even though Winston gave up a two-run home run to Dalton Welch in the bottom of the second inning, he wasn’t rattled and did a good job of keeping Jackson Prep guessing and off balance.

Winston allowed four runs on seven hits, struck out nine batters and walked only two. Trinity Episcopal head coach Mitch Ashmore was quite pleased with his performance.

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“I thought he had an amazing outing. He threw a lot of strikes. His curveball was excellent. There were some innings where he didn’t throw a lot of pitches, that helped him,” Ashmore said.

Daniel Dunaway answered Welch’s home run with a two-run home run of his own in the top of the third inning to make it a 2-2 game. Dunaway ended up going 4-for-4.

“To me (Welch’s home run) was kind of a wind-blown home run. It just drifted, drifted, drifted and went over the foul pole,” Ashmore said. As for Dunaway’s homer, Ashmore said, “He hit that ball really well with the wind blowing like it was. He’s been hot lately.”

The Patriots managed one run in the bottom of the third inning to go up 3-2, but Winston gave up just one more run and that wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth.

“It was a hot day. It was a windy day. I thought it was a great effort by Jake. I thought it set the tone for the day,” Ashmore said. “He never got in any real trouble. His velocity was good. It was a gutsy effort. I think he realized he can go seven.”

The Saints scored one run in the top of the third to make it a 3-3 game before the Patriots once again took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. But with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, Faust came through as his single brought in Caleb Gillespie and Dunaway.

Winston helped his cause by going 2-for-3 and Scott Turner had a double for Trinity, ranked No. 1 in Class A. Daniel Phyfer was 2-for-4 with a double for Jackson Prep, ranked No. 2 in Class AAA.

“I think it was our most polished game we played. I thought we played very well. They did too,” Ashmore said. “We’ve got a good ball club. We came up with the big hit by Trevor. It’s always good to win against good people.”

Trinity Episcopal (9-2) plays at Madison-Ridgeland Academy on Monday with the junior varsity game at 4 p.m. and the varsity game at 6 p.m.

Cathedral falls to Brookhaven, rallies to beat Tylertown

BROOKHAVEN — The Cathedral Green Wave played a pair of four-inning varsity games Saturday at Brookhaven High School against two teams from higher classifications.

The first game started out good for Cathedral as it jumped out to a 7-2 lead after an inning and a half before Brookhaven’s bats took over in a big way as the Panthers ended up defeating the Green Wave 27-12 Saturday morning.

“We swung the bats well early in the game and got out to a good lead. We just couldn’t hold Brookhaven down,” Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. “We moved some people around and did some different things. We’ve still got to improve defensively.”

Cathedral used three different pitchers in this game. Caleb Upton started the game and went one and one-third innings, giving up six runs (three earned) on five hits and one walk.

Blake Martin was charged with the loss as he went only two-thirds of an inning. Martin allowed 13 runs on eight hits and five walks and struck out one. Kyle Bradley finished the game and he allowed eight runs on three hits and one walk. Brookhaven was also helped by three Green Wave errors.

J.B. Perkins was the starting pitcher for the Panthers, but he didn’t last very long. He was pulled after one inning in which he gave up four runs on five hits. Houston Case pitched the final three innings and eight runs on just four hits and two walks while striking out three.

Luke Peavey went 4-for-4 with two home runs and a triple while Dillon Newell was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple to lead Brookhaven’s 16-hit assault.

The Green Wave was led at the plate by Daniel Huffines, who went 4-for-4 with a double. Bradley and Rudy Lazarus each went 2-for-3.

In the second game, Tylertown had a 4-0 lead on Cathedral after two innings of play before the Green Wave exploded for 10 runs in the top of the third inning and held on for an 11-8 victory over the Chiefs Saturday afternoon

“I was glad to see us bounce back from the defeat this morning. We played better in the second game,” Beesley said.

A pair of doubles by Lazarus were the only extra-base hits in the game for the Green Wave. And for the second straight game, Cathedral ended up with nine hits. Lazarus was 3-for-3 while winning pitcher Austin Chauvin and Collin Hammons each went 2-for-3.

Credit the Chiefs for not giving up after the Green Wave’s big half-inning. They scored one run in the bottom of the third to trail 10-5.

Then after Cathedral scored one run in the top of the fourth to go up 11-5, Tylertown scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Green Wave’s lead down to three runs. But the Green Wave got the final out to end the Chiefs’ comeback attempt.

“We’ve got our biggest game of the year this Tuesday against St. Al. We saved our top two pitchers for Tuesday. St. Al is No 1 in our district right now with a 2-0 record,” Beesley said.

Cathedral (10-6) plays at St. Aloysius Tuesday with the JV game at 5 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.

Vidalia 21, Avoyelles 11

MOREAUVILLE, La. — The Vidalia Vikings could have laid down and folded their tents after Avoyelles scored nine runs in the bottom of the third inning to take an 11-8 lead.

Instead, Vidalia continued its torrid offense by scoring 13 runs over the final three innings as the Vikings ended up 10-run ruling the Mustangs in six innings Saturday afternoon for their first win in District 3-3A this season.

After its big rally in the bottom of the third inning, Avoyelles was blanked in the fourth, fifth and sixth inning – which was also key to Vidalia’s thrilling come-from-behind victory.

The Vikings amassed 20 hits in the game, including home runs from Jamal Davis, Caleb Vines, Heath White and Corey Williams. Vines also had a double and went 4-for-4 while Davis was 3-for-3 and White was 3-for-5.

The Mustangs had 10 hits and were led by Steve Gremillion, who went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Vidalia (3-11, 1-2) plays host to Marksville Monday with the JV game at 4 p.m. and the varsity game at 6 p.m.

Block 11, Holden 1

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Chase Duncan pitched a two-hitter and Dylan Mayo went 3-for-4 as the Block Bears took care of the Holden Rockets in six innings Saturday afternoon at Grace Christian School.

Duncan pitched all six innings as he struck out 10 batters to go with two walks. Holden scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. And he got plenty of run support from his teammates.

Led by Mayo, Preston Bowman, Vashawn Davis and Trey Vault, Block scored two runs in the top of the second, three runs in the top of the third and three more in the top of the fourth to take a commanding 8-0 lead. The Bears put the 10-run rule in effect by bringing in three runs in the top of the sixth inning.

It was up to Duncan to keep the Rockets off the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth and the game early and he did just that.

Bowman went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple while Davis and Vault both were 2-for-4 with a double. Will Hawthorne also went 2-for-4.

Block (7-8) hosts Northwood-Lena in a District 3-1A game Monday at 4 p.m.