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Tigers win area title in 22-0 baseball rout
Houston County Courier - May 2009
TRINITY – After beating the Hemphill Hornets last week for the bi-district title, the Tigers of Trinity High School rolled over the Houston Milburn Academy Gators Monday, Mat 18, to claim the area baseball crown.
The Tigers hosted the Gators at Ira “Runt” Carroll Field in Trinity and captured the area title by a score of 22-0 in a five-inning, mercy rule contest.
The win gives the Trinity team a 21-4 record on the season and advances them to the regional playoff round starting Thursday, May 21.
The Tigers will face East Chambers in a best-of-three series starting at 7 p.m. at the New Caney High School field. The second game will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in New Caney and, if needed, the third game will start 30 minutes after game two ends.
East Chambers, the runner-up team from District 23-2A, had a bi-district bye in the playoff tournament and defeated Woodville 4-2 on Monday in the area round.
Trinity, the runner-up team from District 21-2A defeated Hemphill 9-1 and 8-5 in a best-of-three series last week to pave the way into the area playoffs.
One other District 21-2A school, the champion New Waverly Bulldogs, also made it into the area round. They also drew a bi-district bye and then defeated Deweyville 15-2 on Monday in the area game.
Groveton, the third place District 21-2A school, was defeated in bi-district play last week 8-1 by Shelbyville.
In the game with Milburn Academy, Justin Womack started on the hill for Trinity and got four strike outs in the first two innings. Cody Dunaway was moved in from the outfield to pitch in the third inning and he was able to strike out seven during his stint. Cole Smith came in to close in the fifth inning, striking out all three batters he faced.
Offensively the Tigers completely shut down the Gators. They scored five runs in the first, fifteen runs in the second – including Bo Jackson's three run homerun to left field -- and two runs in the third.
Trinity finished the game in the fifth due to a 10-run mercy rule with a final score of 22-0.
In the best-of-three bi-district series last week, the Tigers needed only two games to decide the matter.
They met Hemphill in Nacogdoches starting on Friday, winning the match 9-1. They continued the series at Central High School in Pollockl on Saturday, beating the Hornets 8-5.
In the first game of the series, Jamie Drake started on the hill, striking out 10 and only giving up three hits. Womack came in to close the game in the sixth inning, striking out five and giving up only one hit during his tenure.
On the offensive side the Tigers dominated, coming away with 11 hits in the game. Chris Ellison hit a home run in the second which put the first of two runs on the board for the Tigers. The Tigers continued scoring after that and finished the game with nine runs on the board making the final score 9-1.
The second game of the series, Garrett Walker started on the mound where he struck out three and allowed five hits. Womack came in to close in the sixth inning where he struck out three during his two-inning stint and gave up only one hit.
Offensively on day two of the series the Tigers had six hits in the game including Walker’s grand slam in the fourth which brought the Tiger’s four runs up to eight.