Last at-bat homer lifts Natchez team over Summit

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 17, 2001

SUMMIT – The&160;Natchez Wallace All-Stars scored four runs in their last at bat and held off home-standing Summit’s ferocious comeback Monday night as they won the first game of the 11- and 12-year-old Dixie Youth District Tournament.

Steven Ridley’s two-run homer in the top of the sixth and good pitching by Natchez pitchers made the difference, according to league director Porky Smith.

Smith said Parker Brumfield came in with the bases loaded, two outs, in the bottom of the sixth and struck out Summit’s lead-off hitter to end the game.

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&uot;Parker (Brumfield) came in in a tough spot,&uot; Smith said. &uot;He came in with two outs and the bases loaded and got their best hitter to pop up to him.

&uot;Our pitchers did a good job tonight,&uot; Smith said of the staff that struck out 12 batters over six innings.

Coach Brad Fondren wasn’t as pleased with his team’s hitting Monday night as he was in the sub-district tournament last week.

&uot;We didn’t hit the ball as well as we did (in the sub-district),&uot; he said. &uot;We made some mental errors, but we got the win and that’s all that matters.&uot;

Natchez will face McComb tonight at 8, after Brookhaven plays Summit in a loser’s bracket game.