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Softball throws first pitch: Cathedral hosts Vidalia in jamboree

JAY SOWERS | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Cathedral High School starting pitcher Mollie Devening sends a pitch toward home plate and Vidalia High School batter Savannah McCarver during Saturday's contest against Cathedral High School.

NATCHEZ — It didn’t feel much like spring Saturday afternoon, but Cathedral School and Vidalia High School showed a few signs that they were ready for the weather to warm up for softball season.

Cathedral hosted two, three-inning jamboree varsity games, but Vidalia spoiled the Lady Wave’s first appearance in front of the home crowd with two 2-1 victories.

“It’s just good to get out and play somebody,” Vidalia head coach Gary Parnham Jr. said. “We did pretty well. We were a little rusty hitting, but that’s to be expected right now. I was pleased with the pitching, and thought we played a good game.”

The bright spot for Cathedral was the pitching performance of Mollie Devening, who pitched all six innings and gave up four unearned runs. The Green Wave defense was a sore spot for head coach Gary Blackwell.

“We made a few errors,” Blackwell said. “(The jamboree) is great, because it helps both (Cathedral and Vidalia) get out there and let the girls get the jitters out. And we can see what we need to work on.”

Taylor Rodgers and Laura Perilloux pitched well for the Lady Vikings as well. Rodgers threw the first game, and Perilloux pitched the second.

Cathedral’s Mckenzie Milligan had a good game at the plate in game one. She went 2-for-2 with a run scored.

Both coaches said the jamboree was a good experience for both teams, and they look forward to doing it again next season.

“We hope we can continue to do it,” Blackwell said. “We can’t play during the season, but it helps both of us.”

Vidalia opens its season Monday at Rayville High School. Cathedral will start its season next weekend in the Salem Classic Tournament with games against Columbia and Salem.

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