Natchez 13’s win at state

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 23, 2001

The Natchez Dixie Boys 13-year-old All-Stars continued their dominance in the state tournament at Forest, 10-run-ruling Clarksdale 15-2 in five innings Sunday.

The win marked back-to-back five-inning wins for Natchez in its quest to advance to the world series.

Corey Walker struck out seven batters and allowed just one hit in four innings to pick up the win. Clay Floyd pitched a perfect fifth inning, including one strikeout.

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&uot;We’re looking real good on our pitching,&uot; said coach Tim Foster.

Tim Foster had a huge performance at the plate for Natchez as he went 4-for-4 with a double and nine RBIs.

Natchez opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Chris Seeger doubled and scored on a single by Foster.

After Clarksdale tied the score at one in the top of the second, Natchez took the lead for good with five runs in the bottom of that inning, including a two-run home run by C.J. Wright, a two-run double by Foster and an bases-loaded RBI walk by Micheal Chatman.

After back-to-back singles by Walker and Floyd and a walk by Seeger to load the bases in the bottom of the third, Foster singled to bring in all three runners.

Natchez then scored six times in the bottom of the fourth, including Foster’s second bases-clearing single of the game.

&uot;The boys are hitting the ball and running the bases real well,&uot; coach Foster said. &uot;The kids are excited. They’ve got a lot of fire in their eyes.&uot;

Walker and Floyd each went 2-for-2 and Chris Seeger and David Alton New III each had a double in the game as part of Natchez’s 12-hit attack.

Natchez has a bye today and will play the winner of today’s Moss Point-Hattiesburg game at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Amory 5, Natchez 4

The Natchez 14-year-old All-Stars had the game-winning run at the plate, but couldn’t get him across Sunday night as the team lost 5-4 to Amory in an elimination game at the state tournament.

Coach Lloyd Trisler said the team was still disappointed over a loss the previous night and came out flat.

&uot;We just couldn’t get focused,&uot; Trisler said. &uot;We didn’t hit the ball well.&uot;

Trisler said the team &uot;beat a good Summit team&uot; in the district tournament.

&uot;We came in hot from the district (tournament),&uot; he said. &uot;We had a good run.&uot;