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Prep baseball roundup: Natchez takes tough loss to Franklin County

BUDE — Natchez High School’s season-opener did not exactly turn out the way head coach Brian Kossum wanted it to as it lost to Franklin County High School 14-2 in four innings Saturday morning at the Franklin County Baseball Tournament.

The last time Natchez High took to the field was back on Feb. 22 in its scrimmage with Cathedral High School. Since then, it has had its home game against Jefferson County cancelled and its game at South Pike rained out.

“I felt like, despite the score, the guys played well for all the time we’ve been inside because of the weather,” Kossum said. “We laid down our bunts well. We ran the bases well.”

However, Natchez High could not quite cool down Franklin County’s bats nor could it overcome its own mistakes, whether it be on the mound or in the outfield. Losing pitcher Chris Scott pitched the first two innings and gave up eight runs, five earned, on six hits, walked five and struck out just one.

“Our eighth-grader, Chris Scott, worked through the defense and through the walks,” Kossum said. “We had too many errors in the outfield. We’ve got to get better on defense.”

Jarell Morris was the only bright spot for a Natchez High offense who had just three hits in the game as he had a double.

After the visiting Bulldogs scored one run in the top of the first inning, the host and home team Bulldogs scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and again in the bottom of the second.

Natchez High found itself down 11-1 after three innings of play before scoring its second and final run of the game in the top of the fourth inning. But Franklin County responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Bryce White got the start for Franklin County and allowed just one earned run on two hits with one strikeout and one walk in three innings to pick up the win. Hoby Mullins and Benard Selmon each went 3-for-3 with Selmon having a double and four runs batted in. Derrick Brumfield was 2-for-2 with two doubles and four RBIs and Ethan Verduin was also 2-for-2.

Natchez High (0-1) next plays at 6 p.m. Friday in a home game against McComb High School. Franklin County (5-2) takes on Cathedral at 10 a.m. Monday at the Lawrence County Tournament.

CHEF 12, WCCA 6

WOODVILLE — The Christian Home Educators Fellowship (CHEF) Patriots defeated Wilkinson County Christian Academy 12-6 Saturday afternoon in the Rams’ home and season opener.

Jacob Roark was the losing pitcher for WCCA and Tyler Radley led the Rams at the plate by going 3-for-3.

CHEF did most of its damage in the middle of the seven-inning contest, scoring four runs in the top of the third inning and six runs in the top of the fourth to take a 12-2 lead. WCCA scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth, but it wasn’t enough.

WCCA (0-1) takes on CHEF at 7 p.m. Monday at the Zachary (La.) Recreation Park.