Natchez 14s win, 13s fall at state

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 26, 2000

The Natchez Dixie Youth League 14-year old team is two wins away from a state title.

Natchez beat Summit 9-6 Tuesday night to advance to the semifinal game of the Dixie Youth League state tournament.

Luke Ogden got the start for Natchez and the save. He left with a lead in the bottom of the second inning and returned in the bottom of the seventh inning to seal the game.

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Four teams remain in the tournament, and Natchez will face the loser of the Laurel and Oak Grove game at 6 p.m. today. That game was not complete at press time.

Douglas Davis took the mound in the second inning to relieve Ogden and pitched until the seventh inning. He also was 1-3 at the plate with Natchez’s only double.

Michael Blair and Garrett Jones went 2-4 hitting on the night.

Natchez jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the first inning and adding runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings.

The largest attack Summit could mount on the night was a four-run sixth inning.

Dixie Youth 13s lose to Laurel

The Natchez Dixie Youth 13-year old team ran into a buzzsaw Tuesday night in Laurel.

The host team, Laurel, beat Natchez 16-2, but Natchez is still alive in the state tournament.

Natchez head coach Joe Eidt said numerous errors lead to the team’s loss.

&uot;Everything that went wrong could have gone wrong,&uot; Eidt said. &uot;It was one of those games you hope you never have as a coach.&uot;

Now, Natchez will face an elimination game at 5 p.m. today against Kosciusko.

Natchez’s only offense came at the benefit of errors by Laurel in the first inning. Kevin Bishop lined a shot off of Laurel’s pitcher with the base loaded to plate one run, and another run scored on a walk. Laurel had 13 hits on the night and one homerun.