Baseball roundups: Cathedral edges NHS 6-5

Published 12:01am Saturday, April 6, 2013

NATCHEZ — Natchez High School jumped out to an early lead, but Cathedral High School rallied in the third and fourth innings to take the lead and held on for a 6-5 win over the host Bulldogs.

Cathedral ended up using four pitchers in the game. After Austin Chauvin gave up three runs on one hit and three walks in just two-thirds of an inning, head coach Craig Beesley had to go his bullpen much earlier than he probably wanted to. And it turned out to be a good move.

Pate Shirley allowed two runs, both earned, on five hits with one strikeout in two and one-third innings. Winning pitcher Sam Parker held Natchez High to one hit with two strikeouts in three innings. And Thomas Garrity got the save by striking out the side, the last of which came after Natchez High had a runner on third base following an error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

“I was pleased with the pitchers we brought in in the middle of the game. They didn’t give up any walks,” Beesley said. “We had some errors tonight, but our pitchers were able to work through it.”

Denzel Washington went the distance for Natchez High and allowed six runs, four of then earned, on eight hits, three walks and one hit batter while striking out three batters.

“My pitcher, Denzel Washington, pitched a great game. He was for the most part able to throw strikes. He didn’t walk many. He also got out of jams when he got in them. He was the reason we were in the game,” Bulldogs head coach Brian Kossum said.

Cathedral scored two runs in the top of the third inning and three in the top of the fourth to grab a 5-3 lead. Natchez High responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 5-all. The Green Wave scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the sixth.

“Early on in the game, we had the momentum, and we were making all the plays. We slacked off later on in the game and made a couple of errors that allowed them to take the lead,” Kossum said.

Garrity and Ty Brown each went 2-for-3 with a double while Andrew Beesley and Kyle Bradley each were 2-for-4 for the Green Wave. The Bulldogs were led by Travez Lyles, who had a triple, and Davion Ward, who went 2-for-4.

“Right now, Ty, Kyle, Andrew and Thomas are hitting the ball well. Hopefully, we can get a couple of more to get hot at the right time,” Craig Beesley said.

Cathedral (10-4) has a home game Monday at 7 p.m. against Porter’s Chapel. Natchez High (4-8) plays again at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home against Brandon.

ACCS 6, Trinity Episcopal 3

NATCHEZ — Luke Thomas held Trinity Episcopal to just four hits, allowed no earned runs and struck out five as the Adams County Christian School Rebels defeated the Saints Friday afternoon to pick up their first win in MAIS District 5-AA this season.

After having just one hit and striking out 15 times on Tuesday, ACCS was more consistent at the plate in the rematch. The Rebels collected 10 hits in the game, with Thomas helping his cause by going 2-for-3 with a double, Wade Simpson going 2-for-4 with a double, and Jace Calcote going 2-for-4.

After the Saints scored one run in the top of the first inning, the Rebels took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the second. ACCS scored one run each in four straight innings between the third and the sixth, while Trinity managed just one run over that stretch. Quinton Logan went 2-for-4 for the Saints.

Trinity Episcopal (2-12, 1-5) has a road game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Silliman Institute. ACCS (7-9, 1-4) plays at 6:30 p.m. Monday at home against Wilkinson County Christian Academy.

St. Mary’s 16, Block 4

JONESVILLE — For six innings, the outcome of Friday afternoon’s LHSAA District 4-1A game between the St. Mary’s Tigers and the Block Bears was in doubt. But in the top of the seventh, St. Mary’s scored eight runs to put the game out of reach.

Block pitching walked several batters and its defense committed eight of the team’s 10 errors in the seventh that allowed the Tigers to turn a close game into a blowout win. And that was after starting pitcher Taylor Perron was pulled with one out in the top of the sixth.

Perron ended up allowing eight runs, two of them earned, on three hits, three walks and one hit batter to go with six strikeouts in five and one-third innings. Austin Danzy hit a solo home run for the Bears in the bottom of the third inning.

Block (6-10, 0-5) has a 2 p.m. game today at home against Vidalia.