High School Baseball
Trinity rallies past Flint River
Freshman Jake Elrod pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Trinity Christian picked up a go-ahead RBI hit from Grant Hurston to highlight a four-run rally in the seventh as the Lions rallied past Flint River 7-3 on Monday in Woodbury.
The win pushes Trinity’s record to 2-1 overall heading into Tuesday’s trip to Stratford Academy where the Lions look to avenge a home loss from its season opener.
An improved Flint River team that was coming off a one-run loss to Trinity on Friday and a doubleheader split with The Heritage School on Saturday rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the fourth at home against the Lions as the teams traded leads four times.
Flint River took advantage of defensive miscues while scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the first and then three more in the bottom of the fourth against Trinity Christian senior Daniel Shoates.
But the Lions made up for it with their bats in the seventh, tying the game and then going ahead on a double by Hurston.
Trinity’s young pitchers came through for the second straight game against the Wildcats with Elrod earning his first varsity win two days after sophomore Josh Henry picked up his own.
“I was very impressed with Flint River,” said Trinity head coach Brian Chmielewski, whose team looks to avenge a 14-1 loss to Stratford in Tuesday’s trip to Macon.
The Lions led Stratford 1-0 through three innings before the Cavaliers took command with help from three Trinity errors in the fourth. “I think they got down on themselves against Stratford. Right now it’s about playing with confidence.”
Trinity 000 300 4 — 7
Flint River 100 300 0 — 3
WP — Jake Elrod
HERITAGE SCHOOL SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER IN SEASON OPENER: The Heritage School opened the 2014 season on Saturday by splitting games with Flint River at home.
Mack Wilkins and Luke Smith dominated the opener on the mound in a 10-0 shutout that included 5 RBIs from Peyton Henson starting with a bases-clearing double in the second.
Henson ignited a five-run rally in the second and the Hawks added four more runs in the third
Wilkins allowed just one hit over three innings before giving way to Smith.
Brian McKinney also had two hits for Heritage including a home-run over the outfield screen between the Heritage baseball field and its tennis courts.
McKinney, Henson and Brad Macke each had hits in the third, with Henson and Macke driving in runs for the Hawks.
Heritage then built a two-run lead through four innings in Game Two before Flint River rallied en route to a 5-4 victory.
Macke, Smith and Ben Cox had RBIs in the loss while Trevor Henson went 3-for-4.
The Hawks went ahead 4-2 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth before the Wildcats responded with three in the top of the fifth.
Heritage travels to Griffin Christian on Thursday.
Hawks 10, Wildcats 0
Flint River 000 00 — 0
Heritage School 054 1x — 10
Wildcats 5, Hawks 4
Flint River 101 030 0 — 5
Heritage School 011 200 0 — 4