Cathedral baseball advances in playoffsPublished 12:01am Sunday, April 28, 2013
PASCAGOULA — A long bus drive from Natchez to the eastern side of the Mississippi Gulf Coast did not affect the Cathedral Green Wave as it rolled to an 11-2 win over Resurrection Catholic to sweep the Eagles in the play-in round of the MHSAA Class 1A South State Playoffs.
Even with the lopsided win, Cathedral ended up using three pitchers after starting and winning pitcher Austin Chauvin had issues getting pitches in the strike zone. He walked five batters in his two innings of work, but he also struck out three batters and got out of some big jams to preserve the Green Wave’s 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first inning.
Alex Weadock pitched the third and fourth innings and gave up two runs, both earned, on four hits and one walk to go with three strikeouts. Sam Parker went the final three innings and he struck out five batters and gave up three hits.
“We were having trouble throwing strikes early,” Green Wave head coach Craig Beesley said. “Alex gave us two quality innings. Sam pitched three good innings.”
The top of the third inning is where Beesley said his team really grabbed the momentum. Chauvin hit a two-run single that put Cathedral up 4-0 and Pate Shirley had a two-run single of his own for a 6-0 lead.
After Resurrection scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning, Cathedral responded with four runs in the top of the fourth. Zach Flattmann had a two-run single in that frame that put the Green Wave 10-1.
Flattmann went 2-for-3 and Hayden Nunnery was 2-for-4 with a double for a Green Wave team that finished with nine hits in the game. Thomas Garrity and Kyle Bradley each had a double.
“We hit the ball better than we did in Game 1. Their defense still played some good defense,” Beesley said.
Justin Cameron was charged with the loss after giving up four runs, all earned, on just one hit but also five walks with three strikeouts in two and one-third innings and he went 3-for-3 with a double.
Ty Williamson gave up seven runs, all earned, on 10 hits and four walks and struck out three in four and two-thirds innings. He was 2-for-4 at the plate for the Eagles.
Cathedral (14-8) will next take on a team that has eliminated the Green Wave from the playoffs in each of the past two seasons – Nanih Waiya. Game 1 is at 5 p.m. Thursday at Nanih Waiya.