Natchez High baseball tops Port Gibson

Published 12:01am Sunday, March 31, 2013

NATCHEZ — Traves Lyles held Port Gibson to just one earned run on five hits and struck out eight batters as the Natchez High Bulldogs defeated the Blue Waves 9-5 Saturday afternoon at Chester Willis Field.

Lyles was a little erratic at times as he walked five batters and hit one batter in his five and one-thirds innings on the mound. However, Port Gibson could only muster up one run off him and that was in the top of the first inning.

Port Gibson starting pitcher Sileton Sayles kept Natchez High scoreless, until the Bulldogs rallied for four runs in the bottom of the third inning, which gave them the lead for good. The Bulldogs added one run in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings for a 6-1 lead.

Natchez High appeared to have put the game out of reach with three runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 9-1 advantage. Yet Port Gibson wouldn’t go away quietly, as the Blue Waves scored four runs off reliever Dalvion Jackson to cut the gap to 9-5. But that was the closest the Blue Waves would get.

Jackson allowed four earned runs on three hits and five walks to go with three strikeouts in one and one-third innings. Lyles helped his cause by going 2-for-3 at the plate. Derrian Johnson had a triple, Jadarrius Williams had a double and Jarell Morris went 2-for-4.

Sayles was charged with the loss for Port Gibson as he allowed nine runs, six of them earned, on seven hits and six walks and he struck out 10 batters.

Natchez High (4-6) will put its three-game winning streak on the line at 6 p.m. Tuesday when the Bulldogs visit MHSAA Region 6-6A rival Terry.