Trinity advances in playoffs

Published 12:26 am Saturday, April 23, 2011

Eric J. Shelton | The Natchez Democrat — Givonni Dent pitches in Trinity’s 14-1 win over Claiborne Academy Friday at Huntington Field.

Ferriday — The Trinity Episcopal baseball team finished its annihilation of first round playoff opponent Claiborne Academy Friday night with a 14-1 win at Huntington Field.

The Saints only needed 10 innings to sweep the three game series. In those two wins they scored 38 runs on 31 hits, while only giving up six runs.

“It’s big (to easily win the first round series) no question,” Trinity coach Mitch Ashmore said. “(Now we) have some time to relax. We’ve got a couple people banged up, so (this will give us time) to get them healed.”

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Trinity took control of game two in the first inning by scoring eight runs on three hits and six walks.

Catcher Chase Patrick had the big hit in the inning with a three RBI double that scored Sky Logan, Scott Turner and Andrew Moroney. Patrick later scored on Jake Winston’s RBI walk.

The Saints added one more in the second inning and five in the third.

Patrick led the Saints offensive attack with six RBIs. He was 3-for-3 with a double. Moroney went 1-for-1 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Jake Winston was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs.

“I thought we came out and we were focused in what we needed to do,” Ashmore said. “(Starting Pitcher Givonni) Dent set the tone, and we had some hits. We played well, it was crisp and we closed it out with some good plays.”

Dent pitched four innings for Trinity, giving up just one run on three hits and four walks. He struck out eight Claiborne Academy hitters.”

“(Dent) hadn’t thrown a whole lot, and he needed to get more innings,” Ashmore said. “We are going to have to have him to get where we want to be.”

Trinity improved their overall record to 19-3 on the season. They will face Riverfield in the second round. Game one will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Huntington Field. Game two will be 5 p.m. Thursday at Riverfield, with game three following if necessary.