Natchez Wallace All-Stars fall to McComb, 9-7, in nine innings on Tuesday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 18, 2001

SUMMIT – The Natchez Dixie Boys 11- and 12-year old Wallace League All-Stars lost 9-7 in nine innings to the McComb All-Stars Tuesday night in their second game of the district tournament at Summit. Bubba Boggs hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to win the game for McComb.

&uot;It was just a tough game to lose,&uot; said coach Brad Fondren. &uot;I thought we had it a couple of times, but we just played a good ballclub.&uot;

Natchez was down 6-1 to McComb through three and a half innings of ball. But the squad rallied to score two runs in the bottom of the fourth to trim the lead to 6-3. Natchez continued the comeback by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth in its last at bat.

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Each team was held scoreless in two extra innings. But Boggs connected for the homer to give McComb a 9-6 lead. Natchez rallied for one run in the bottom of the ninth, but that was all it could get.

&uot;Our boys kept their heads up and fought until the end,&uot; Fondren said. &uot;We’re not out of it yet.&uot;

Austin Weeks went 2-3 with a double and Stevan Ridley smacked a home rum for Natchez. Dustin Carroll pitched five innings and struck out nine batters. He gave up only one hit.

Natchez will play an elimination game versus Summit tonight at 6 p.m.