Mistakes allow Wave win over Natchez

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 20, 2000

It was what you would expect from two young teams in a preseason tournament with temperatures more suited for a football game.

&uot;We’ve got a lot of things to work on,&uot; said Natchez High baseball coach Michael Lindsey after his team fell to Cathedral 15-6 in the final game of the Natchez Preseason Tournament Saturday at Liberty Park.

Even though he was on the winning side, Wave coach KenBeesley was also seeking answers.

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&uot;The area I am most disappointed in is mental mistakes,&uot; he said. &uot;We’re not baseball smart right now. We have a lot of guys who don’t understand the game.&uot;

Cathedral trailed 3-1 after one inning as the GreenWave pushed a run across in its first at-bat as Stephen Edwards delivered a two-out single, Casey Rodgers walked and Josh Torrey singled.

Natchez answered with three runs as Leon Stewart singled, Nolan Coward tripled and Brock Barlow singled.

Cathedral exploded for seven runs in the second using singles by Jim Sandel, Steven Bush and Ben Eidt and a triple, by Rodgers.

The Green Wave came back with six more in the third as Edwards doubled and Torrey, Beasley and Hude each singled.

Natchez pushed two across in the third without getting a hit.

Cathedral’s final run came when Clay Hammons reached on an error and John Eric Myers tripled.

Charlie and Chris Norris pitched for Cathedral, while Leon Stewart, Bert Goldman and Carl Hayes saw mound duty for the Bulldogs.

&uot;I expected a little bit more out of my pitching and defense,&uot; said Lindsey, whose team opens its season Tuesday at Brookhaven. &uot;We were real timid on defense. We have to be more aggressive. Instead of trying to make a play, we were trying not to make a mistake.&uot;

Lindsey said he expects to see improvement .

&uot;We’ve got a good group,&uot;&160;he said. &uot;We’ll get better every game.&uot;

Cathedral hosts Jena Tuesday.

&uot;We played a lot of players and we’re still evaluating our talent,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;I saw some good things, we’ll just have to work on improving in other areas.&uot;