Camden-Fairview jumps on Cathedral in win

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 22, 2003

VIDALIA, La. &045; Honestly, this weekend was more about coming home than it was about baseball for Camden-Fairview head coach Greg Harris.

Sure his Cardinals (11-3) represented themselves well with a pair of wins in four games at the Vidalia Invitational, but Harris, who coached at Adams County Christian from 1993 to 1998, looked like he enjoyed more catching up with former players.

&uot;I got to holler at some of my old guys, and that was special,&uot; said Harris, whose team from Brandon, Ark., destroyed Cathedral 15-3 in its second game Saturday. &uot;We got to have some quality time together with their parents, and it’s fun seeing these kids who I hauled around, like I’m doing with my guys now.&uot;

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The Cardinals got 10 hits off a quartet of Green Wave pitching, using four Cathedral errors to their favor to put runs on the board in every inning except the first in a five-inning shortened affair.

Camden-Fairview used big innings in the second and fifth, scoring 10 of its total off seven hits, to pull away from the Green Wave.

&uot;The last three games we had play coming into the tournament, we had a problem hitting the ball,&uot; Harris said. &uot;We’re finally on the last leg and getting over the hump.&uot;

Cathedral starter Te Riley had no problems through the first, but his troubles began when he walked leadoff hitter Matthew Patterson on four straight balls to start the top of the second. Cardinal third baseman Josh Bussell followed with a single before Tyler Cox moved the runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt.

Austin Crain dropped in a single to shallow right to score Camden Fairview’s first runs, which were backed up by the ninth man Keena Haygood’s single to left that plated Crain and chased Riley from the game.

Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said Riley, who stayed in and finished 3 for 3 at the plate with two runs-batted-in, being bothered by a hamstring pull on his planting leg contributed to his early exit as well.

Preston Hicks relieved Riley and Cardinal shortstop Justin Wylie greeted Hicks’s first pitch over his Cathedral counterpart Garrett Jones’ outstretched glove to move out to a 5-1 lead. Back-to-back errors by Jones and right fielder Rodney Daggett allowed another run to cross home plate.

&uot;I only know one way for our defense to head and that’s up to get better,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;All I want is for us to make the routine plays. We made a couple errors early and everybody got up tight and it just snowballed from there.&uot;

Wylie collected his second and third RBIs of the contest the next inning when his two-out double dusted the leftfield line for a seven-run cushion, 8-1.

Cathedral answered the Cardinals’ pair with a couple in the bottom of the third when Riley picked up his first RBI and second of three singles off Camden View starter Kyle Rogers, who threw the complete game seven-hitter for the win.

Green Wave third sacker Wyler Murray tacked on another RBI when his soft grounder to the hot corner was late coming to the plate, scoring Jeremy Davis.

Cathedral pounded out seven hits a little more than 12 hours after dropping 17 runs on lowly district foe Enterprise.

&uot;We hit the ball hard at the plate, but that was the only part of our game that really showed up today,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;If you’re looking for an excuse then maybe we were a little fatigued from last night, but that’s not good enough.

&uot;We’ve got to play defense and we’re not doing that right now.&uot;

Camden View got three more in the fourth to go up eight, 11-3, and then put lowered its foot even more on the Green Wave’s neck with four in the fifth, highlighted by pinch hitter Robert Baker’s two-run double.

Harris hoped four a perfect outing on his return trip to the Miss-Lou, but was still proud of the end result for his players, who gave up their Spring Break vacation to make the trip.

&uot;We knew coming down here we’d see some quality pitching,&uot; he said. &uot;(Vidalia and Cathedral) have got great fan support and this area is just a great place to come play.&uot;