Wallace finishes perfect at sub-district tourney

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 12, 2000

With the sub-district championship on the line, the Natchez Wallace League continued its domination of the Natchez Ace Adams All-Stars, defeating the opposing Natchez 11-12 team 18-1 Tuesday at Duncan Park.

Natchez Wallace blanked Ace Adams in two previous meetings.

Wallace will now advance to the district tournament to be held in Gloster beginning Friday.

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&uot;It feels good,&uot; said Natchez Wallace head coach David New, Jr. &uot;I was pleased that they came out with their game up.&uot;

Ace Adams upset Franklin County Monday after losing to Wallace last Saturday.

Wallace pounded out 13 hits, including back-to-back home runs from Benji Maher and Timmy Foster and another from Stevan Ridley in the second inning.

&uot;I was surprised about that,&uot; said New about the three homers.

Corey Walker was the winning pitcher for Wallace, giving up one hit, a lead-off single by Adam Dollar in the second inning, and striking out five in three innings.

&uot;Adam hit a curveball off me,&uot; Walker said. &uot;I was happy with my performance tonight. I had my fastball and curveball working for me.&uot;

&uot;I couldn’t ask him (Walker) to do any more,&uot; New said. &uot;Corey’s always consistent. He throws strikes and throws well.&uot;

Wallace took control of the game with a seven-run first inning.

Cole Bradford and David Alton New III led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles and scored on a single by Foster.

Benji Maher was hit by a pitch and later stole home. After Chris Seeger was hit by a pitch, Wesley Davis hit a one-out single to score Foster and Seeger.

Davis and Lane Baroni scored on wild pitches.

Dollar led off the top of the second for Natchez Ace Adams with his single then tried to steal second by was thrown out by Davis.

Natchez Wallace added six more runs in the bottom of the second.

Austin Weeks scored on an error. Then with two on and one out, Maher hit a three-run homer to center field.

&uot;I was just glad to hit it to help the team out,&uot; said Maher, who went 1-for-1 and had four runs batted in.

Foster then came up and hit a solo homer to center field.

&uot;The first pitch I let it go by,&uot; Foster said. &uot;So the second pitch I felt it was the same pitch. It was a little higher so I swung it.&uot;

Foster went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and a single and had five RBIs.

With two out, Ridley hit a solo homer, also to center field.

&uot;It was fun,&uot; Ridley said about the home run. &uot;I plan to hit more. That won’t be the last one.&uot;

Ridley went 2-for-3 with a home run.

Natchez Wallace scored five more runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Weeks singled and scored when Maher was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Foster doubled to scored Scott Pollard and New.

Maher scored on a single by Seeger and Foster scored on a single by Ridley.

Natchez Ace Adams finally scored a run in the top of the fourth when Blain Floyd reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error off Seeger.

&uot;I pitched good,&uot; Seeger said. &uot;I was happy that I pitched tonight.&uot;

Tony Goldbold had Natchez Ace Adams’s second hit of the game when he singled, but was stranded at third when Mark Hamelin ground ball out ended the game.

Natchez Wallace will next play in the district tournament at Pine Hills this Friday at 8 p.m. against Pine Hills.