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Cathedral, Natchez get in game mode in Saturday’s baseball scrimmage

Cathedral High School’s Craig Bradley slides back to first base before Natchez High School’s Travez Lyle can catch the throw in the second inning of the scrimmage against Cathedral High School Saturday. (Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat)
Cathedral High School’s Craig Bradley slides back to first base before Natchez High School’s Travez Lyle can catch the throw in the second inning of the scrimmage against Cathedral High School Saturday. (Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — The Natchez High School and Cathedral High School baseball teams faced off in a scrimmage to shake off a little rust Saturday.

The Green Wave pulled out a 6-2 win with a second inning performance, that defined the game.

The scrimmage was two four-inning games.

Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said the goal of the scrimmage was to put his players in game-like situations.

“We just have to work on little things like understanding certain situations in the game,” he said. “We have so many young kids, and we’re learning as we go.”

Natchez took an early lead in the bottom of the first when Jarrell Morris scored on a single by Darrick Levois.

Later in the inning, Travez Lyles ran in on a pop up from Buck Ivory that was dropped in the outfield.

Cathedral pitcher Sam Parker struck out Chris Scott to end the first inning, and ultimately end the Bulldogs’ scoring for the remainder of the game.

Beesley said he was pleased with his team’s pitching.

Natchez’s Darrick Lewis slides back to third base before Cathedral’s Hayden Nunnery can tag him out in the first inning. Cathedral defeated Natchez 6-2 in four innings. 9Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat)
Natchez’s Darrick Lewis slides back to third base before Cathedral’s Hayden Nunnery can tag him out in the first inning. Cathedral defeated Natchez 6-2 in four innings. 9Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat)

“I was glad to see our pitchers come and fill the zone up with strikes,” he said. “Parker and Gabe Smith really led the way.”

The Green Wave bounced back from the deficit in the top of the second inning, when they scored six runs.

The first run came from Turner Janette with Reed White on the assist.

Thomas Garrity brought in Alex Weadock and Jacob Jenkins for three early runs to take a 3-2 lead.

After the Green Wave took the lead, Natchez let the game get away with multiple errors.

A passed ball allowed White to slide in for a score, and on the next play, Garrity scored on an error by the Bulldog first baseman.

Now up 5-2, Cathedral finished off Natchez with a score by Andrew Beesley on an RBI by Ty Brown.

Natchez head coach Brian Kossum said though his players let the second inning slip away, they still showed signs of life in the remaining two innings.

“(Cathedral) put a couple of hits together and we helped them up,” Kossum said. “I don’t think too much of it at this point of the year. What I liked the most was after that inning, there wasn’t anybody with their head hanging. We’ve been in this position before, and they kept battling.”

Cathedral beat Natchez 12-4 in the second game. Beesley said his players were more aggressive this time around.

“We hit the ball a lot better the second game, and we got everybody in the game, that was most important,” Beesley said. “We’ll go to work on Monday and touch up on some things we need to improve on.”

Kossum said the Bulldogs would play their first regular season game at home March 4 against Jefferson County High School.

The Green Wave will play in the Loyd Star Classic on March 1.