Logan’s two-run homer pushes Trinity past ACCS 4-2

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Trinity’s Caleb Gillespie makes it safely back to third base before Adams County Christian School third baseman Johnny Smith can make the tag. The Trinity Saints beat the ACCS Rebels 4-2 Monday night in the continuation of a game that was previously postponed by rain.

ferriday — As Sky Logan’s towering fly ball headed toward the left-field foul pole there was only one question — was it fair.

But Logan was not so sure that he got enough of the ball to push his Trinity Episcopal baseball team to a 4-2 lead against Adams County Christian School when the ball left his bat.

“When I swung I didn’t think I got it,” Logan said.

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But the ball cleared the fence with ease inside the foul pole, and Logan’s fifth-inning home run ended up being the difference as Trinity topped district-foe ACCS 4-2.

“I thought maybe it would be barely gone,” Logan said. “I didn’t know it would go that far.”

Logan said once he saw the ball clear the fence all he could think of was that he had come up with a clutch homer to help the Saints win.

“ACCS has got a good ball club, and we were very fortunate to win,” Trinity head coach Mitch Ashmore said.

Monday’s game started in the bottom of the second inning after rain suspended play between the two teams April 3.

Monday’s game was a continuation of the game started on April 3. That game was suspended in the middle of the second inning due to rain.

Trinity’s Jake Winston came in the game in the top of the fifth inning and recorded the final eight outs for the Saints to get the win. Winston started the game April 3 and pitched four-and-two-thirds innings total in the game. He struck out eight and allowed just one hit.

Daniel Dunaway pitched the third and fourth innings and recorded the first out in the fifth inning before Winston took over.

ACCS’s Jake Brumfield also started the game April 3 and threw one inning. Chris Carrell picked up where Brumfield left off, but Brumfield re-entered the game on the mound in the fifth inning and took the loss. Brumfield allowed just two hits with one being the home run by Logan.

“They got the clutch hit,” ACCS coach Hunter McKeivier said. “Sky Logan is a good hitter.”

McKeivier said he did not think the suspended game was an issue for the Rebels.

“I don’t believe it was mentally tough on our guys,” he said. “It was a good, hard-fought ball game.”

Trinity took the lead 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Trey Fleming lined a single to center to get things started for the Saints. Andrew Moroney singled two batters later to score Fleming. Moroney then came around to score on an ACCS error.

ACCS answered right back in the top of the fourth. Brumfield led off the inning with a solo home run to right-center field. Brumfield finished the game 2-for-2 with a double and the homer.

Christopher Perry followed with a walk and came around to score on a wild pitch.

ACCS threatened in the top of the fifth, but Winston came in with runners on first and second and one out and shut the door by getting the first two batters he faced.

Moroney, who went 2-for-3 in the game, led off the bottom of the fifth with a single for Trinity. Two batters later Logan hit the deciding home run.

The win gives Trinity a chance to control its own destiny in MAIS District 5-AA. The Saints are now 3-1 in district with two games remaining with Columbia Academy.

ACCS (14-6-1, 3-3) will need help from Columbia Academy in its game against Brookhaven Academy to make the playoffs, McKeivier said.

“We have to hope Columbia can upset Brookhaven,” McKeivier said.

Trinity and ACCS will both play again today. Trinity faces Columbia Academy, while ACCS plays Oak Forest.