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Through the Viewfinder: Jump in with both feet

Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat — Nine-year-old Gracie Foster, left, and Zia Flattman, 11, play around the Chester Willis Field sign while the Cathedral High School baseball team plays St. Aloysius. Foster’s cousin and Flattman’s brother play on the baseball team, and both girls attend most of Cathedral’s sporting events to support the school and family members.
Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat — Nine-year-old Gracie Foster, left, and Zia Flattman, 11, play around the Chester Willis Field sign while the Cathedral High School baseball team plays St. Aloysius. Foster’s cousin and Flattman’s brother play on the baseball team, and both girls attend most of Cathedral’s sporting events to support the school and family members.

NATCHEZ — Nine-year-old Gracie Foster climbed on top of a sign at Chester Willis Field while striking poses in midair as she leaped from the top of the sign.

Foster’s friend, 11-year-old Zia Flattmann, stood near the edge of the sign to call out different poses for Foster to try mid-jump.

“Jump like a rock star,” Flattmann said as Foster launched herself off the sign.

Picking her best rock star pose, Foster popped her hip, stretched out her right arm and stuck out her tongue before quickly landing on the rust colored dirt around the sign.

Closer to the field, a collective groan came from the Cathedral fans.

But Foster and Flattmann didn’t seem to notice — they had created their own entertainment as the baseball game turned into a blowout.

“It’s boring to just sit and watch the game,” said Flattmann, whose older brother Zac plays first base for Cathedral. “We like to watch when Cathedral bats but otherwise we like to play wall ball or hang out at the games.”

Foster and Flattmann met each other five years ago while watching older siblings participate in another Cathedral sporting event.

“Our older brothers were playing football together and that’s where we met,” Foster said.

“We basically started hanging out then and are good friends now.”

Though Foster and Flattmann don’t see much of each other during the school day, they know they can count on games as a chance to play together.

“I like coming out to support the Green Wave and to watch them bat,” Foster said. “But I like that most of the time Zia plays with me.”