Prep baseball roundups: Cathedral loses first game, 4-2
LOUISVILLE — Nanih Waiya pitcher Colby Eaves held Cathedral to just five hits in a complete-game performance as the Warriors defeated the Green Wave 4-2 Thursday afternoon to take a 1-0 lead in this MHSAA Class 1A South State first-round series.
Eaves allowed two runs, both earned, struck out 12 batters and walked three. And the defense behind him was superb as Nanih Waiya didn’t commit a single error.
“He was in control of the game. We tried to work his pitch count up early so maybe we would get to him later in the game,” Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. “We managed to get two runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but it wasn’t enough.”
For four and a half innings, the game was a pitching duel between Eaves and Cathedral’s Thomas Garrity. Garrity didn’t allow a single run through four innings and was on his way to tossing a fifth straight shutout inning until the Warriors got to him. Peyton Young, who went 2-for-3, started the rally with a base hit with two outs and two strikes against him.
“They hit three consecutive two-out singles, which was followed by two errors on the infield that gave them a 3-0 lead,” Beesley said. “Thomas pitched a good game tonight. We made some good plays behind him and missed some routine plays.”
Garrity allowed four runs, only one earned, on seven hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts in six innings. Hunter Luke and Zack Hanna each went 2-for-3 for the Warriors.
Cathedral got one of those runs back in the top of the sixth inning, but Nanih Waiya responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the sixth. The Green Wave put one run on the board in the top of the seventh, but Eaves made sure no more runs would be scored on him.
The Green Wave had no multiple hitters in the game and the five hits it had were all singles.
“Hopefully (today) we can put some runs together early and put some pressure on them,” Beesley said.
Cathedral (14-9) hosts Nanih Waiya for Game 2 of the best-of-three series at 5 p.m. today at Chester Willis Field.
Centreville-Central Private playoff game suspended
BAKER, La. — The top-ranked Central Private School Rebels were about an inning away from sweeping the second-ranked Centreville Academy Tigers in the MAIS Class AA South State Championship series when rain halted play in the sixth inning of Game 2.
Central Private had a 4-2 lead over Centreville in the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded and no outs when the game was called. The conclusion of Game 2 will resume at 1 p.m. Sunday. If the Tigers rally and tie the series at 1-1, Game 3 will take place after the conclusion of Game 2.
Philadelphia-Franklin County series postponed
BUDE — The Franklin County Bulldogs will have to wait until today to host Game 1 of its best-of-three MHSAA Class 3A South State first-round series against the Philadelphia Tornadoes.
Heavy rain that fell during the day Wednesday forced the postponement of the opening game that was scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Game 1 will take place at 6 p.m. today.
Game 2 of the series, which will be at Philadelphia, has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, will be next Monday at a time to be determined.