Natchez advances to World Series

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 28, 2001

Dixie Boys World Series teams beware: The Natchez 13-year-old Dixie Boys All-Stars are making a return trip.

Natchez defeated Hattiesburg, 4-3, in the championship game of the Mississippi state tournament Friday night to advance to the World Series for the second consecutive year. Last year, eight members of the team went as 12-year-olds in the Dixie Youth circuit.

The team will play its first game in the Series on Aug. 3 in Sulphur, La.

&uot;It feels great,&uot; said coach Tim Foster. &uot;That game (Hattiesburg) is already forgotten. We’ve got another goal on our mind and that is to go to the World Series.&uot;

Timmy Foster drove in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth to score Cole Bradford, who had walked, stole second and was balked over to third.

Foster then retired the side in the top of the seventh to give Natchez the win.

Natchez jumped on the board in the second inning, scoring two runs. Clay Floyd popped a sacrifice fly to score C.J. Wright. Bradford then singled home Corey Walker.

Hattiesburg rallied in the third by tallying three runs. It got its runs via an error, a sacrifice fly and a RBI single.

But Natchez tied the score in the bottom of the fifth, scoring its run with two outs. Walker laced a base hit to left field to score David New.

Hattiesburg threatened with two outs in the sixth, putting two men on. But Foster struck out Josh Wiley to end the inning.

&uot;I was biting my nails over there,&uot; Foster said. &uot;But these kids don’t give upI felt good about that.&uot;

Natchez won five straight games to claim the title.