Prep roundups: Trinity blows past Madison-Ridgeland Academy
MADISON — For the second time in three days, the Trinity Episcopal Saints, MAIS Class A’s No. 2 ranked team, traveled to the Jackson area to take on a highly-ranked team in Class AAA.
The Madison-Ridgeland Academy Patriots brought a four-game winning streak and a No. 5 ranking into this match-up despite having an overall record of 9-6.
But, as was the case against Jackson Prep Saturday, the Saints prevailed as they rolled to an impressive 12-5 victory behind the stellar pitching of Givonni Dent and Daniel Dunaway. Five players tallied multiple hits.
The Saints got on the board first with one run in the top of the first inning. They held that 1-0 lead until they brought in two runs in the top of the fourth inning. However, MRA responded with two runs of its own to once again trail by one.
Trinity then scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning and three more runs in the top of the sixth to go up 8-2. The Patriots would not go away quietly, plating three runs in the bottom of the sixth and making it an 8-5 game.
But in the top of the seventh, the Saints finally put away the Patriots by plating four runs.
Trinity wound up with 13 hits in the game. Jake Winston went 3-for-5 with a double while Caleb Gillespie was 2-for-4 with a double. Trevor Faust and Sky Logan each went 2-for-5 with Faust hitting a double.
Dent was the winning pitcher as he went five innings and allowed two runs on two hits. Despite walking six batters, he also struck out six batters and hit a double. Dunaway allowed three runs on three hits in two innings of relief.
Trinity Episcopal (10-2) hosts Porter’s Chapel at 6 p.m. today.
Centreville 10, ACCS 0
CENTREVILLE — Centreville Academy had to back its MAIS District 5-AA home game against Adams County Christian School to Monday afternoon because of concerns about the weather that is forecast for today.
It didn’t matter too much to Centreville pitcher Hunter Devall, who gave up just three hits and struck out 12 batters in a complete-game outing as the Tigers 10-run ruled the Rebels in five innings to stay within striking distance of Central Private in the district standings.
“He threw well. He struggled at first, but settled down,” Centreville head coach Jason Horne said. “Started getting all the pitches working for him and kept them off balance.”
ACCS head coach Hunter McKeivier was also impressed with Devall’s performance on the mound.
“The kid had some good stuff. He was throwing his fastball well. By the third or fourth inning he found his slider,” McKeivier said.
The Tigers scored in each of the first two innings to take a 3-0 lead. They added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth and ended the game early with five runs in the bottom of the fifth.
“Scoring first is very important. It put a little pressure on them. We ran the bases aggressively. We hit the ball well. That’s what we’ve been shooting for,” Horne said.
Johnathan Spivey went 2-for-2 with a double and Hunter Travis was 2-for-3 with a double. Chance Humphreys also went 2-for-4 for the Tigers.
“Centreville’s a good-hitting ball club. We knew that coming in. We had runners on base. We just couldn’t get the timely hits. It was a close game until the fifth inning,” McKeivier said. “We can’t dwell on the past. We have to dust ourselves off and get ready for Friday.”
Ryan Goddard suffered the loss on the mound. He went four and one-third innings, allowing 10 runs on 11 hits and three walks while striking out three.
ACCS (13-5, 4-2) hosts Centreville (14-5, 5-2) for an important varsity doubleheader for both teams Friday starting at 4:30 p.m.
Block 21, Northwood-Lena 0
JONESVILLE — Will Hawthorne and Vashawn Davis combined to pitch a one-hit shutout as the Block Bears handily defeated the Northwood-Lena Gators in just five innings Monday afternoon in an LHSAA District 3-1A game.
Hawthorne was the winning pitcher after going the first three innings. He gave up one hit and walked four, but he also struck out five. Davis came in to pitch the final two innings and struck out all six batters he faced.
Block put up seven runs in the bottom of three different innings – the first, second and fourth. The Bears ended up with a staggering 20 hits and took advantage of seven Gator errors.
“We hit the ball very well. They really came through with it. It carried over from last Friday,” Block head coach Stevie McCarthy said. “The defense played real well with no errors today. Overall, they did an excellent job.”
Cody Harrington and Chase Duncan each went 4-for-5 with a double while Trey Vault went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple and Davis was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Colter White also got in on the hit parade by going 3-for-4 with a double.
Block (8-8, 1-1) will host a much tougher district opponent on Thursday at 4 p.m. when it takes on St. Mary, the No. 1 team in Class 1A.
“We’ll be tested on Thursday when St. Mary comes in,” McCarthy said.