Natchez 12s lose lead, season ends

Published 12:01am Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — After the Natchez 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars rallied in the top of the sixth inning, the Texas All-Stars scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh for an 11-10 win Tuesday afternoon at the 2014 Ponytails Traditional World Series.

After both teams scored two runs in each of the first two innings, it looked like Texas was about to pull away after scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning. But the Mississippi state champions would not go down quietly as they scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to make it a 7-6 game.

Once again, Texas seemed to on the verge of taking control of the game when it plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 10-6 advantage.

“We were down four or five runs at several points throughout the game. But they never quit. They were pumped up,” Natchez co-head coach Brandi Lipsey said.

After a pair of walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning, Destiny Green came through in the clutch with an inside-the-park grand slam home run to tie the game at 10-10 and eventually send the game into extra innings.

“That’s what really got the girls pumped up. Then they played the best ball I have seen them play all season,” Lipsey said. “Girls were making fantastic plays, turning double plays. Our dugout has been flooded with comments about how good of athletes they are.”

Unfortunately, Natchez’s season came to an end when Texas scored in the bottom of the seventh.

“There were very few dry eyes between the parents, the coaches and the players,” Lipsey said.

And while the heartbreaking loss eliminated Natchez from the tournament, but the team made history by playing in its first-ever World Series after never being sanctioned before.

“They never gave in. Everybody in the ballpark was at our fend watching our games. There were hundreds of people,” Lipsey said.