Cathedral High School baserunner Zach Flattmann, right, exchanges a high five with head coach Craig Beesley after Flattmann hit a home run during the game against Adams County Christian School on Saturday afternoon. (Jay Sowers / The Natchez Democrat)
Cathedral High School baserunner Zach Flattmann, right, exchanges a high five with head coach Craig Beesley after Flattmann hit a home run during the game against Adams County Christian School on Saturday afternoon. (Jay Sowers / The Natchez Democrat)

Summer tournament roundup: Cathedral shuts down ACCS 12-1

Published 12:01am Sunday, June 9, 2013

NATCHEZ — Day two of the Adams County Christian School summer baseball tournament didn’t go as planned for the Rebels as they fell to the Cathedral High Green Wave 12-1.

As ACCS head coach Hunter McKeivier played his full roster, he said his biggest concern remains the amount of errors committed and pitching.

“We got runners on base, we hit the ball well but we have to have better defense,” McKeivier said. “We have a lot of stuff we have to clear up.”

Things got off to a quick start for Cathedral as Zach Flattmann batted third and knocked one out of the park. This was just one of two homeruns for the game.

ACCS responded in the bottom of the first when Taylor Buckles connected with a pitch to bring in Dylan Galbreath for their only run of the game.

Cathedral saw three more runs in the second inning with Jacob Jenkins scoring on a passed ball before Flattmann stepped back up to the plate to drive in Reed White and Craig Bradley with a hard hit to left field.

The score stayed 4-1 until Cathedral’s Alex Weedock stole third and headed home after an errant throw that was meant to catch him at third base.

After scoring five times in three quarters, Cathedral took it up a notch in the fourth and final inning.

Cathedral High School catcher Ty Brown checks the runners on base after tagging out Adams County Christian School baserunner Taylor Buckles at home plate during the game at ACCS on Saturday afternoon. (Jay Sowers / The Natchez Democrat)
Cathedral High School catcher Ty Brown checks the runners on base after tagging out Adams County Christian School baserunner Taylor Buckles at home plate during the game at ACCS on Saturday afternoon. (Jay Sowers / The Natchez Democrat)

Thomas Garrity got the inning started by bringing home White and Bradley to extend the lead 7-1.

On the next play, Flattmann stepped back up to the plate and hit his second homerun of the day, also bringing in Garrity.

The Green Wave scored three more times before the game was called, making the final score 12-1.

McKeivier said Flattmann and the Green Wave played great on offense.

“Cathedral hit the ball well, and Flattmann hit those two homeruns, and there was nothing we could do about that,” he said.

Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said he was happy with the way his team played.

“I was pleased with our pitching and our defense more than anything,” Beesley said.

When it came to Flattmann’s two-homerun performance, Beesley said he expects a lot out of Flattmann, as he just hit three homeruns the weekend before.

“He’s swinging a hot bat right now,” Beesley said. “He’s just an eighth grader, so we’re looking for big things out of him in the future.”

Flattmann said he enjoyed the pitching competition.

“I got two good pitches (on the homeruns); the first was nice and inside and the second was a curve,” Flattmann said. “I was glad to face some good competition.”

Cathedral will head to the Franklin County High School baseball tournament next week.

Cathedral 1,

Franklin County 1

One week ago, Cathedral rallied to defeat Franklin County 6-3 in an exhibition game at the Green Wave’s summer baseball tournament.

There would be no comeback of the sorts between the two teams Saturday morning at Adams County Christian School’s summer baseball tournament as the Green Wave and the Bulldogs played to a 1-1 tie in five innings at the Rebels’ baseball field.

Cathedral got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning when Sam Parker scored on a double by Thomas Garrity. Franklin County responded in the top of the fourth as Bernard Selmon reached on a single and later scored on a well-executed sacrifice bunt by Ethan Verdin. Jordan Clark had a double but was left stranded at second base.

Centreville Academy 6, Franklin County 3

The second game of the day at the ACCS summer baseball tournament didn’t turn out as Franklin County head coach Brent Calcote had hoped as the Bulldogs lost to the Centreville Academy Tigers in another five-inning game.

Drew Noland drove in two runs with a double in the top of the first inning. Franklin County got one of those runs back when Verdin doubled in Graham Cowart. However, the Bulldogs would not score another run over the next three innings. The only scoring opportunity they had during that span was when Will Moffett hit a double in the bottom of the second, but they were unable to bring him in.

The Tigers took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third inning on a run-scoring single by Dillon Ivey. In an odd set of circumstances, mainly a shortage on Centreville’s team, Franklin County’s Chase Brabham singled in two runs to give the Tigers a 5-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning. They scored another run on a passed ball for a 6-1 advantage.

Before the one-hour-and-forty-five minute time limit ended the game, the Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Selmon singled and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Verdin, his second RBI of the game. Bryce White walked and scored on a Connor Quin double.

Franklin County will play host to a summer baseball tournament next weekend.