Cathedral cruises to 7-3 win
NATCHEZ — The Cathedral School baseball team started their first district game of the season a little slow Tuesday night. But, after winning pitcher Tyler Morrison got settled in the Green Wave cruised to a 7-3 victory against Bogue Chitto.
“(Morrison) pitched well,” Cathedral baseball coach Craig Beesley said.
“(He) struggled early in the game and we didn’t play good defense behind him the whole game.”
Morrison ended up going the distance for the Green Wave, allowing just one earned run on six hits, a walk and one hit batter. Morrison struck out eight Bobcats.
Bogue Chitto jumped on Morrison in the first. The Bobcats scored two runs on two hits. Hunter Ginn singled in Brock Roberts, who had reached on an error, and Ginn later scored on an RBI ground out by Kevin Brothern.
The Green Wave answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first, scored by Caleb Upton, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Upton scored on Collin Hammons sacrifice fly.
Cathedral would tie the game in the third on Upton’s second run of the night. This time Hammons drove him in with a single.
Cathedral took the lead for good in the fourth on Jake Brown’s RBI single to drive in Kyle Bradley. Bradley was 3-for-3 on the night.
In the fifth inning Cathedral took control by scoring three runs on three hits and two Bogue Chitto errors. Bradley drove in one of the runs, as did Barrett Young. The other run was scored on an error.
Cathedral added one more unearned run in the bottom of the sixth and Bogue Chitto added an unearned run in the top of the seventh.
Beesley was disappointed with some of the errors his team made on offense and defense, he said.
“We made some good plays at times but we made routine plays look difficult, like dropping fly balls,” Beesley said.
“(And our) base running gave away runs.”
The Green Wave ended the night with 10 hits. Rudy Lazarus had two hits to go with Upton’s two and Bradley’s three to lead the Green Wave attack.
“(We) swung the bats well at times,” Beesley said.
“We have got some guys that are hot, but some that are struggling.”
The win moved Cathedral to 7-2 on the season and 1-0 in Region 7-1A. They will travel to play a rematch against Bogue Chitto on Friday.
“(It was a) big win,” Beesley said.
“We’ve got to go over to face (Bobcats pitcher Michael Martin) Friday and he’s given us trouble in the past.”
Friday’s game will be another big one in the region standings, and Beesley was hoping to get a little more of a cushion in Tuesday night’s game, he said.
“I was hoping we could add a few (more runs) late to get our run differential up and I didn’t like to give one away in the seventh,” Beesley said about the 7-3 victory.