PCA stays unbeaten; St. Al wins, 11-1

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 4, 2003

[3/4/03]Porters Chapel Academy avoided the rain and an upset bid by Huntington on Monday afternoon.

Joseph Ivey held Huntington to one run while striking out nine in six innings, and Humphrey Barlow hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning as PCA (3-0) stayed unbeaten, 4-1.

“Joseph pitched very well. He gets better every time he pitches. He’s done that for me since he was a freshman,” PCA coach Randy Wright said of Ivey, a senior who also singled and scored a run for the Eagles on Monday. “He’s going to have to win some baseball games for us, and he won one today.”

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The start of the game was moved up two hours, from 6 p.m. to 4 p.m., to avoid the latest batch of rain that has plagued the area over the first 10 days of the season. PCA has had two of its first five games rained out, and was forced to play a third game on the road instead of at home because of a flooded field.

Wes Massey went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and also scored a run for PCA, while Andrew Embry worked a perfect seventh inning to earn the save. Zack Calhoun had two hits and a run scored for Huntington (0-4), and starting pitcher Kyle Johnson struck out seven in three innings.

PCA took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Embry was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Massey, but the Eagles returned the favor in the fifth.

Ivey walked Bronson Rhodes to load the bases with two outs, then walked Patrick Clayton to bring the tying run home. Another run nearly scored on a passed ball, but PCA catcher Ryan Hoben flipped to Ivey to get the final out.

St. Aloysius 11, Bogue Chitto 1

Rob Jones came within a home run of hitting for the cycle, and Alex Frisbee pitched a one-hitter as the Flashes rolled in the home opener for St. Al.

Frisbee also had a single, double and an RBI, while Chad Cox had two singles and two RBIs and Jordan Muirhead had a pair of hits and three RBIs. Charlie Amborn added a double in the win.

Frisbee had six strikeouts and walked three. The Flashes will play at Cathedral on Friday at 5 p.m.