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Trinity throws back-to-back no hitters Tuesday

It was a memorable Tuesday afternoon for the Trinity Episcopal Saints as the No. 4 team in the entire MAIS not only swept a varsity doubleheader from the Tallulah Academy Trojans, but they also had back-to-back no-hitters in the process.

In Game 1 of the MAIS District 6-A twin-bill at the Huntington baseball field, Jake Winston threw a complete-game no-hitter with 10 strikeouts as Trinity Episcopal defeated Tallulah Academy 10-0 in five innings.

Winston ended up pitching to the minimum 15 batters. That’s because the Saints turned a double play after Winston walked a batter that kept a perfect game from taking place.

Trinity scored seven runs in the bottom of the second inning, with the big hit being Daniel Dunaway’s three-run home run. That gave the Saints a 9-0 lead, but they weren’t able to score again until the bottom of the fifth. That final run put the 10-run mercy rule into effect. Dunaway also had a double and went 2-for-3.

The second game only lasted two innings with Trinity taking a 23-0 win.

Givonni Dent and Hunter Knapp combined to pitch a no-hitter. Dent was the winning pitcher. He pitched the first inning and struck out two to go with one walk. Knapp pitched the second inning was able to work around three walks by striking out the side.

Dunaway had a standout performance at the plate for the second straight game for the Saints, who were the visiting team in Game 2. In his second at-bat of the first inning, he hit a grand slam home run to help give them an 8-0 lead. He added a double in the second inning and wound up going 4-for-4.

Kent King went 2-for-3 with a double and Scott Turner was 2-for-2. Tallulah Academy also walked several batters, which was why Trinity only had eight hits in the game. The Saints scored 15 times in the top of the second inning.

With the wins, Trinity Episcopal improved to 13-2 overall and finished 4-0 in district play to clinch the No. 1 seed in next Wednesday’s District 6-A Tournament. Trinity will host the tournament at Huntington’s baseball field. Tallulah Academy will take on Tensas Academy in the first game of the day with the loser going home and the winner to take on the Saints not only for the district championship, but also its No. 1 and 2 seeds for the South State Tournament.

Trinity Episcopal plays host to Baton Rouge Home School Saturday at 1 p.m.

Natchez High 16, Jim Hill 3

JACKSON — Even though Travonta Green walked four batters and hit one batter, he also held Jim Hill to just one hit and struck out five over four innings as the Natchez High Bulldogs defeated the Jim Hill Tigers Tuesday afternoon in Division 6-6A action.

“It wasn’t his best game, but we’ll take it,” Natchez High head coach Charlie Williams said. “I think the weather kind of affected him a little bit. He had a little control problem. He settled down in the third and fourth innings and took care of business.”

The Bulldogs batted around in the top of the first inning and ended up scoring seven runs. The Tigers scored one run in the bottom of the first to make it a 7-1 game. Natchez High scored three runs over each of the next three innings while Jim Hill managed to score twice in the bottom of the second.

Javon Washington went 4-for-4 with a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning and Brian Isaac was 2-for-2 with a triple. The Bulldogs had nine total hits in the game.

“We hit pretty good. But there’s always room for improvement,” Williams said. “We need a little more clutch hitting.”

Natchez High (12-5, 5-1) hosts Terry for a pivotal Division 6-6A game on Friday. The junior varsity game gets under way at 4 p.m. and will be followed by the varsity game at 6 p.m.

Central Private 17, ACCS 5

NATCHEZ — Led by Hunter Fauntleroy and Tyler Brown, Central Private School put on a hitting clinic as the visiting Rebels from Baker, La. defeated the host Adams County Christian School Rebels in MAIS District 5-AA action Tuesday night at David “Papa” New Field.

Fauntleroy went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles while Brown went 2-for-4 with a home run as Central Private, the fifth-ranked team in the latest Clarion-Ledger MAIS poll, pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of eight ACCS errors.

The game was close through three innings of play. Central Private scored five runs to start off the game, but ACCS responded with four runs in the bottom of the first. By the end of the third inning, the visiting Rebels led 7-5. But ACCS didn’t score a single run in the final four innings.

Central Private, however, scored 10 runs over that span. And eight of those runs occurred in the top of the seventh inning.

The host Rebels ended up with just five hits in the game. Jake Brumfield hit a home run while Johnny Smith and Ryan Goddard each had a double.

ACCS fell to 5-5 in district play and will play at Central Private on Friday for an important varsity doubleheader for both teams starting at 4:30 p.m.

Block 8, Montgomery 5

MONTGOMERY, La. — Will Hawthorne and Dylan Mayo combined to pitch a three-hitter and Chase Duncan went 3-for-5 as the Block Bears held on to defeat the Montgomery Tigers Tuesday afternoon in a District 3-1A game.

Dakota Carter hit a three-run home run off Mayo in the bottom of the seventh inning to cut Block’s led in half. But that would be the only hit Mayo would give up in his two innings of relief. He also struck out two and walked three.

Hawthorne was credited with the win on the mound as he went five innings and allowed two runs on two hits with two walks and one strikeout.

Block had a 5-0 lead after three and a half innings before Montgomery finally got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Bears scored what turned out to be three big insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning to go up 8-2.

Vashawn Davis had a triple and went 2-for-4. Preston Bowman went 2-for-5 with a double.

Dillon Fredieu went the distance as he gave up eight runs on 12 hits and three walks to go with three strikeouts.

Block (9-9, 2-2) plays at LaSalle Thursday at 4 p.m.

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