By Brandon Shields
RIDGELAND — Seminary has been known to be a good hitting team.
It showed on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs would score at least one run in every inning enroute to a 11-1 whipping of St. Andrew’s in five innings in Game 1 of the MHSAA Class 3A semifinals at Barkett-Cummings Field.
Game 2 is set for Friday night at Seminary at 6:30 p.m.
“We were aggressive at the plate tonight and we did what we’ve been training to do all year,” said Seminary coach Jeff Graves. “We got a group of kids that is really special, and we’re trying to finish the deal that we didn’t last year.”
Louisiana Tech signee Adarius Myers was one man wrecking crew for the Bulldogs (21-10).
Myers led Seminary offensively, going 2-for-3 at the plate with two home runs.
His first was a solo shot to left in the top of the second inning that gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. His second one was a two-run homer that came in the top of the fifth that gave Seminary the 11-1 lead.
“I wasn’t coming up to the plate trying to hit home runs, just trying to put the ball in play,” Myers said. “The first one I didn’t feel like I got enough of it, but it went out anyway. And the second one, I was 2-0 in the count and saw a fast ball already and knew another one was coming and barreled it up.”
Dalton Cummins (9-2), a Pearl River Community College signee, got the win on the mound for Seminary, tossing five innings and giving up just two hits and one earned run. He walked one and struck out eight.
“Tonight, I was just trying to feel up the zone and try to take control of the game and my defense was awesome behind me,” Cummins said. “Early in the game, I was leaning on my fast ball, but later it was my off speed that was working.”
Southern Miss signee Fisher Norris also had two hits for Seminary, including a two-run home run in the fourth inning.
“We are a good fast ball hitting team and have been very successful in that,” Graves said. “Tomorrow we got to take care of business at home and close out the series.”