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Trinity rides offense in win

Trinity High School’s Jake Winston tags Porters Chapel Academy’s Richie Bufkin at second base during their game Tuesday night at the Huntington School baseball field in Ferriday. (Eric J. Shelton \ The Natchez Democrat)

FERRIDAY — The bats kept battling and the pitching came through, making it an easy formula for Trinity Episcopal Day School Tuesday night against Porter’s Chapel Academy.

Trinity had five players tally multiple hits as the Saints came away with a 9-3 win, and head coach Mitch Ashmore said he was pleased with the way his team battled.

“I told them before the game that we had a Saturday night game (a 5-4 win at Jackson Prep) and a late night last night (a 12-5 win at Madison-Ridgeland Academy),” Ashmore said.

“I said this is where we have to maintain our focus, and I don’t think there’s any question we were able to accomplish that tonight.”

Kent King and Sky Logan went 3-for-4 for Trinity. Trevor Faust and starter Scott Turner were both 2-for-3, and Jake Winston finished 2-for-4. Faust also had two doubles on the evening.

Trinity got an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Eagles’ Kawaine Gaston made it 3-1 Trinity after scoring on a passed ball.

The Saints quickly extended their lead in the bottom of the third inning, however. Logan hit an infield single that scored Givonni Dent, and Faust scored later in the inning on a passed ball, making it 5-1 Trinity.

The Eagles added another run in the top of the fifth when Porter’s Chapel runner Sam Kirk attempted to steal second base with Cameron Upton on third. Kirk beat the throw, and Upton immediately came in when the ball left home plate.

But Trinity added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend its lead again. Logan belted a double down the first base line that hit Eagles first baseman Sam Stagg’s glove, making it fair. The double scored Faust, and Logan scored on a single up the middle by Turner, making it 7-2 Trinity.

A single by Logan in the bottom of the sixth scored two more Trinity runs. Porter’s Chapel scored one run in the seventh.

Turner went four innings, giving up two runs on two hits. He struck out five, but also allowed six walks to Eagle batters. Ashmore said no matter how many runners got on, Turner always seemed to make the pitch he needed to when he needed it.

“He’s done that the last few times,” Ashmore said. “He’s new to us this year, and with him being a lefty, we’re going to need him down the stretch. He showed a lot of guts and worked his way out of trouble, and we’re proud of the innings we got tonight.”

Trinity (11-2) will play at Brookhaven Academy at 6 p.m. Monday.