Wave bombs Bulldogs in slugfest opener
Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 17, 2001
Saturday, February 17, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
A frigid night was warmed by the hot bats of Cathedral Saturday
at Chester Willis Field as the Miss-Lou baseball season swung
into action with a 13-9 Green Wave win over Natchez High School.
&uot;I’ll take it for a first game,&uot; said Cathedral coach
Ken Beesley Sr. &uot;We made too many mistakes, but that’s to
Most of those mistakes occurred in the top of the third inning,
when the Wave blew a 3-1 advantage by giving up six runs.
After a Calvin Jackson single, Brock Barlow hit the first of
his three doubles to drive in a run. Brian Kossum then drove in
a run with a double of his own, and later scored on a wild pitch.
A Nolan Coward single was followed by Carl Hayes’ home run.
The Bulldogs’ final run of the inning came when Marques Kinds
made it to the plate after a ground-rule double got him on base.
&uot;We usually don’t score that much,&uot; Barlow said.
&uot;We had good hitting tonight. But our defense stunk.&uot;
Cathedral took a comfortable lead in the bottom of the inning
thanks to a Natchez defensive meltdown in which the Wave scored
eight runs off two hits and two errors.
&uot;I was disappointed with our defense,&uot; said Natchez
coach Michael Lindsey. &uot;I thought coming into tonight defense
would be our strength. The potential is there – maybe they were
Natchez pitchers walked six batters in the third inning – three
walked in for runs.
Both of Cathedral’s hits in the inning were doubles – Ben Eidt’s
drove in Charlie Norris, and Chris Norris’ drove in Charlie Norris
and Key Smith.
&uot;Our defense made a couple mistakes, but overall I’ll
take it,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;There’s plenty of room for
In earlier games at the Cathedral Invitational Tournament,
Cathedral and Franklin County tied 5-5, Vicksburg edged Franklin
County 6-5 and Vicksburg beat Natchez 12-5.
Cathedral next travels to Jena, La., Monday, with the junior
varsity game at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity at 7 p.m. Natchez
next hosts Brookhaven for two games beginning at 4 p.m.