Natchez High hosts tourney today

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 20, 2000

Baseball fans wanting to get a sneak peek at what the season has to offer can get a glimpse at the fifth Natchez High Baseball Tournament today at Liberty Park.

Each of the four contests will last five innings.

Play begins at 11 a.m. with Franklin County taking on Vicksburg.

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The Bulldogs take the field at 1:30 p.m. against Franklin County.

Cathedral High meets Vicksburg at 4 p.m., while Natchez facing Cathedral at 6:30 p.m.

&uot;We’re just trying to get ready for next week,&uot; said Natchez High head baseball coach Michael Lindsey, whose team opens its season at Brookhaven Tuesday. &uot;This will give us an idea of where we are. We still have some questions. I want to see somebody step up to be our No. 1 or 2 pitcher.&uot;

Lindsey said he will have several players playing different positions.

&uot;We’re going to be moving around a lot of guys,&uot; Lindsey said.

Admission to the tournament is $3 for the whole day.

&uot;Cathedral and Franklin County are always good and Vicksburg has everybody back,&uot; Lindsey said. &uot;Vicksburg has one of the top players in the state (pitcher Robby Goodson who signed with Mississippi State). He’s right at 90 and can throw 91 (miles per hour).&uot;

Lindsey said the tournament will give him a chance to see his players perform in game-like situations.

&uot;We’ll see different pitchers and see who can come through with a squeeze with people in the stands and the game on the line.&uot;