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Saints beat Tensas on diamond

Trinity’s Joseph McClatchy, center right, congratulates Kent King after he scored a run during their game against Tensas Wednesday night. (Eric J. Shelton \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — The Trinity Episcopal baseball team capped off an undefeated season in District 6-A Wednesday night with an 11-1, five-inning win over Tensas in the district tournament.

The Saints took control of the game with eight runs in the second inning and would cruise to the District title, on senior night, behind the pitching of senior Givonni Dent.

“It was a good win for us,” Trinity coach Mitch Ashmore said. “I think (it’s great) any time you can go to the playoffs, which is our goal, and also get a number one seed, which is also our goal.”

Dent was sharp on the mound for the Saints. He threw four innings, and only gave up one unearned run on one hit and one walk. He struck out eight.

“I thought (Dent) pitched well,” Ashmore said. “As far as pop and location he did well.”

Trinity did most of its damage in the second inning off Tensas starter Ryan Neuroth.

The Saints pounded out seven hits in the inning, the biggest coming off the bat of Chase Patrick.

With one runner on and Trinity already leading 2-0, Patrick lined a home run over the left-centerfield fence.

The inning also included doubles by Scott Turner, Jake Winston and Hunter Knapp. Turner singled in the inning as well, as did Dent and Kent King.

Tensas’ only run came in the top of the fourth after Josh Sikes reached on an error and Peyton Jones drove him in with the Chiefs’ only hit of the game.

Trinity would add a run in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 10-1 on an RBI single by Knapp.

In the fifth, Trinity would get its 10-run lead with an RBI walk by senior Zach Rachal that ended the game.

“I still don’t think we’re as sharp as we need to be (at the plate,” Ashmore said. “But, Knapp (and some of the other seniors) had some nice hits.”

Seven of Trinity’s 10 hits came off the bats of seniors in the game.

Tensas defeated Tallulah 13-9, in game one of the tournament Wednesday, to advance to the championship game against Trinity.

The win makes Trinity the number one seed for District 6-A in the playoffs. The Saints do not know who their first round opponent will be yet, nor what day that game will take place next week, Ashmore said.

The Saints go into the playoffs with a 16-3 record, 5-0 in district.

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