Natchez advances to final with 14-4 win

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 26, 2001

One more win. That’s all the Natchez Dixie Boys 13-year-old All-Stars need to advance to the Dixie Boys World Series. Natchez defeated Columbia Wednesday night, 14-4, in five innings to advance to the championship round of the state tournament.

Natchez faces Hattiesburg -a team which Natchez defeated two days ago 11-1 – tonight at 5 p.m. If Natchez loses, another game will be played following the first contest.

Natchez fell behind for the first time in the tourney in the first two innings, 3-0. Columbia scored two in the first and another in the second.

But Micheal Chatman trimmed the deficit with a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the second. Natchez tied the score in the third. Cole Bradford singled and Chris Seeger was hit by a pitch. Timmy Foster then singled Bradford home. David New bounced into a fielder’s choice, which scored Seeger.

Columbia’s David Newsome answered with a solo homer to left in the top of the fourth.

That woke up Natchez. The team scored 11 runs in the bottom of the inning. The big hits in the inning came from Benji Maher and Seeger. Maher slammed a two-run double to left and Seeger crushed a three-run shot to right field to give Natchez a 14-4 lead.

Corey Walker retired the side in the fifth inning to ensure the game didn’t go past the fifth.

Coach Tim Foster said his team came alive in the fourth inning because Columbia changed pitchers.

&uot;We had a little bit of a problem with the curve balls, but then we started to get on them,&uot; said Foster.

&uot;It was a tough one. We had to come out and play hard,&uot; Chatman said. &uot;They had us beat for a while, but we kept our heads in the game.&uot;

Foster and his crew is anxious to end the tourney with one game.

&uot;It’d be nice to go in and have a 10-run rule again,&uot; Foster said. &uot;We only want one game.&uot;