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First inning sets the tone for Cathedral as Wave top Monterey

Cathedral starting pitcher Alex Weadock collects a hit during the first inning of the game against Monterey on Friday night in Natchez. Cathedral topped Monterey, 8-4. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)
Cathedral starting pitcher Alex Weadock collects a hit during the first inning of the game against Monterey on Friday night in Natchez. Cathedral topped Monterey, 8-4. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Alex Weadock and Austin Chauvin combined to pitch seven strong innings for Cathedral High School in an 8-4 win against Monterey High School Friday night.

Weadock got the start — and the win — for the Green Wave, lasting 4 2/3 innings and giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits. He also struck out five and walked three.

“I thought Alex did a good job for us getting through 4 2/3 innings, and Austin came in and did a good job throwing strikes,” Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. “We had good pitching performances.”

The Cathedral offense, meanwhile, got to Monterey starter Hayden Cassels early, forcing Wolves head coach Eric Richard to change pitchers before Cassels even recorded an out. Cathedral jumped out to an early 4-1 lead and never looked back.

“We spread it out tonight,” Beesley said of his offense. “We didn’t have any multiple hitters, but a lot of kids had single hits. We scored six runs in the first two innings, but we didn’t score but two the rest of the way. Hopefully next time, we’ll string some hits together.”

Monterey base runner Trey Book, left, dives back toward first base before Cathedral infielder Austin Chauvin, foreground, can apply the tag during the game on Friday night in Natchez. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)
Monterey base runner Trey Book, left, dives back toward first base before Cathedral infielder Austin Chauvin, foreground, can apply the tag during the game on Friday night in Natchez. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)

Monterey struck first with an RBI single by Cassel that scored Trey Book in the top of the first inning. Cathedral’s Ty Brown scored the Green Wave’s first run on a passed ball in the bottom half of the frame, and Chauvin singled in Hayden Nunnery. An infield single by Peyton Jenkins brought home Kyle Bradley, and Chauvin scored on a double by Weadock.

Cassels let in the first run before Richard replaced him with Ashton Holland. He said he didn’t think his team played that badly after a rough first inning.

“We struggled a little bit with the pitching, and they took advantage,” Richard said. “I thought we played them even after that. We had an opportunity to get close, and we didn’t get a big hit when we needed it to squeeze the game down.”

In the bottom of the second, Brown came home on a wild pitch, and Bradley scored on an error, extending the Green Wave’s lead to 6-1.

But Monterey answered with two more runs in the top of the third. Holland laced a double that scored Jake Barlow. A single by Jake Cooper plated Holland, cutting Cathedral’s lead to 6-3.

An RBI single by Andrew Beesley in the bottom of the third got one of the runs back for Cathedral, making it 7-3 Green Wave.

After Weadock got two outs in the fifth, a throwing error in the top of the fifth led to Ashotn Holland scoring for Monterey. Beesley then brought in Chauvin to close things out for Cathedral.

“I was hoping to get four innings out of (Weadock),” Beesley said. “When I sent him back out in the fifth, I knew he was getting tired. I had to go get him after that error, but he was good the first two or three times through their lineup.”

Chauvin didn’t give up a run in 2 1/3 innings, and Cathedral scored one more in the bottom of the fifth when Bradley hit a sacrifice fly to score Brown.

Cassels took the loss for Monterey, and he also went 3-for-3 with a double for the Wolves. Cooper finished the game 2-for-4. Weadock had a double for Cathedral.

Cathedral (5-3) will play at 6 p.m. today at Vidalia High School in the final game of the Vidalia tournament. Monterey (7-4) will play Block at 2 p.m. today in the same tournament.

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