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Baseball roundups: Cathedral gets close win in key region game

NATCHEZ — Blake Martin’s effort gave Cathedral just enough to work with as it tallied a 3-2 win against Bogue Chitto in an MHSAA Region 7-1A game.

Martin (6-1) pitched seven innings of four-hit ball as he gave up no earned runs, struck out 10 batters and walked two. And he got plenty of help from the defense behind him when he needed it the most — with Bogue Chitto threatening to at least tie the game in the top of the seventh inning.

“They had the bases loaded with one out in the last inning and we managed to get some good defense,” Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. “We had a passed ball and they tried to score from third, but we got him out at the plate. The last out was on a ground ball.”

The Green Wave prevailed in a pitcher’s duel between Martin and Bogue Chitto’s Zach Avants, who allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits to go with eight strikeouts and no walks in six innings.

“Blake had another good performance for us tonight. Second complete game he’s thrown for us in district and he hasn’t given up an earned run,” Beesley said.

Bogue Chitto scored one run in the top of the first inning before Cathedral scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead for good. The Green Wave added one run in the bottom of the third. Beesley said scoring those two runs when they did was the difference in the ball game.

“We held on to the lead from there. I knew Blake was our No. 1 and we were hoping to score four or five runs. But we didn’t hit the ball well. Hopefully we’ll do a little bit more with the bat Friday.”

Caleb Upton went 3-for-3 for Cathedral.

Cathedral (6-6, 2-1) plays at Bogue Chitto on Friday with the junior varsity game at 5 p.m. to be followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m.

Natchez High 9, Forest Hill 2

JACKSON — Derrian Johnson held Forest Hill to just three hits in a complete-game performance and Natchez High had had four players with at least two hits as the Bulldogs defeated the Patriots Tuesday afternoon for their first win in MHSAA Region 6-6A this season.

Johnson helped his own cause by going 3-for-4. Dominique Salters and Darrius Terrel each went 3-for-4 and Davion Ward was 2-for-4 to lead Natchez High at the plate.

“We hit the ball really well. Forest Hill is the competition that Terry and Brandon are. But I was surprised at how well the played,” Bulldogs head coach Skip Golding said. “They’re a solid team. It’s a good win for us. It’s been a while.”

Natchez High (3-6, 1-3) hosts Forest Hill at Chester Willis Field at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Vidalia 3, Block 2

VIDALIA — Taylor Perron limited Vidalia to just three hits over six innings, but Block could not provide him quite enough run support as the Vikings held on to defeat the Bears Tuesday afternoon.

Vidalia scored one run each in the bottom of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings en route to a 3-1 lead. Block scored once in the top of the seventh to make it a one-run game, but winning pitcher Lane Strong made sure the Bears would not get any closer.

Strong had a complete-game outing and allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Nate Bozeman went 2-for-4 with a double and Roper Craft had a double. The Bears were led at the plate by Colter White, who was 2-for-3, and Tanner Coldiron, who had a double.

Block (4-11) hosts LaSalle Thursday at 4 p.m. Vidalia (10-7) plays at Buckeye on Thursday with the JV game at 4 p.m. and the varsity game at 6 p.m.

Central Private 2,

Centreville Academy 1

CENTREVILLE — Two errors in the top of the first inning led to both of Central Private’s runs as the Rebels held on to defeat the Centreville Academy Tigers in an MAIS District 6-AA game Tuesday afternoon.

In a pitchers’ duel between Central Private’s Jonathan Nicosia and Centreville’s Hunter Devall, Nicosia more than held his own by allowing one run on two hits with nine strikeouts. The Tigers’ only run was when Randy Bell scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the second inning.

Devall allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with 16 strikeouts, no walks and one hit batter. Seth Stevens was hit by a pitch, stole second base and went to third on an error before scoring on a base hit. Another run scored on a Centreville error.

Centreville Academy (14-2, 6-1) plays at Central Private on Friday for a key varsity doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m.

Avoyelles Charter 4, Monterey 3

MONTEREY — The Avoyelles Charter Vikings scored one run in the top of the eighth inning and kept Monterey off the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth for a hard-fought win over the Wolves in LHSAA Class 4-B action Tuesday afternoon.

With the loss, Monterey drops to 8-5 overall and remains winless in District 4-B with an 0-2 record. The Wolves play host to Rapides at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Amite School Center 12,

Tensas Academy 4

LIBERTY — The Amite School Center Rebels scored the final eight runs of the game as they defeated the Tensas Academy Chiefs Tuesday afternoon in MAIS District 6-A action.

Amite School Center jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before Tensas Academy tied the game at 4-4. Then the Rebels used a couple of big innings to pull away from the Chiefs.

“We left the bases loaded two or three times. We hit the ball better than we have in the past,” Chiefs head coach Curt Leake said.

Josh Sikes got the start and was charged with the loss. David Leake went 3-for-4.

Tensas Academy (1-8, 1-1) plays at WCCA at 5 p.m. Thursday.