Cathedral downs West Lincoln; Saints get win

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 4, 2003

BROOKHAVEN &045; Now the game everyone is waiting for.

Not yet, honestly. Cathedral still has a game to play Tuesday against Bogue Chitto. But the Green Wave downed West Lincoln 10-3 Friday to set up a showdown Thursday at St. Aloysius to decide who will win the Division 7-1A champion.

The Green Wave (9-5, 6-0) beat the Flashes earlier in the season for their only loss of the season.

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&uot;We’re in the playoffs,&uot; Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. &uot;It’s just a matter of first and second with Thursday’s game at St. Al.&uot;

The Green Wave got a boost on the mound from freshman Corey Walker, making his second start of the season. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out 11 and settled down after surrendering a three-run homer to Dan Lofton in the third inning that tied the score at 3-3.

&uot;It looked like he got a little more confident as the game went on,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;He got his curveball over for a strike later in the game, which is what we’ve been working on in practice.&uot;

The Green Wave answered with seven runs in the top of the fourth to break the game open and give Walker a boost. John Holleman singled in a run off West Lincoln starter Jeremy Brannigan to start the rally, and Michael Blain and Garrett Jones followed with run-scoring singles before Branning was pulled.

West Lincoln brought in Landon Case with Jones and Te Riley on base, and Chris Norris worked the count full before desposting a homer over the right-center field fence.

The Green Wave took a 2-0 lead with two outs in the second when Brent Tosspon homered with Wyler Murray on base.

The Green Wave play two games at Liberty Park today with an 1 p.m. against Franklin County and 6 p.m. against St. Joseph of Greenville.

Meridian 11, Natchez High 1

MERIDIAN &045; Those errors sure can hurt when they’re at the wrong times, and Natchez High’s Bulldogs left Meridian pretty sore Friday.

The Bulldogs had errors that allowed Meridian to keep scoring threats alive against NHS starter Matthew Henderson, and Meridian put the game away in five innings for the Division 4-5A win.

&uot;That’s what killed us,&uot; Natchez head coach Charlie Williams said. &uot;He (Henderson) didn’t pitch a bad game. We had a lot of errors. I’d imagine we were a little tired from the long ride. I’m not going to use that long ride as an excuse like they are. They (Meridian) have a solid team. You can’t give them opportunities.&uot;

Meridian scored four in the second off Henderson and used a two-run homer as part of a four-run fourth inning to break the game open.

Natchez got its only run in the third inning when Robin Blake scored from second when a throw to first on a Leon Stewart fly out sailed into the dugout.

&uot;We just weren’t hitting the ball,&uot; Williams said. &uot;That’s the worst we’ve done all year.&uot;

Trinity Episcopal 12, WCCA 11

NATCHEZ &045; The Trinity Saints got a run in the bottom of the sixth and a scoreless seventh from Ryan Rachal to take their second District 7-1A win Friday.

In the sixth off WCCA starter Brad Pritchard, Andy Moon singled, went to second on a Zach Rogel single, went to third when Tres Atkins was hit by a pitch and scored on Cap White’s sacrifice fly to center field.

Rachal walked a man in the sixth but got a forceout at second and a flyout to end the game.

The Rams tied it up in the sixth when Jamie Patrick singled home Gil Bryant to tie the score at 11-11.

The Rams had a 10-3 lead in the top of the fifth before the Saints scored four runs and later got a grand slam from Walt Ketchings to take an 11-10 lead.

WCHS 12, Natchez girls 2

VICKSBURG &045; Just eight games ended the inaugural fast-pitch softball season for the Lady Bulldogs after rainouts and scheduling conflicts helped bring the season to a close.

The Lady Bulldogs played an independent schedule and finished the season 2-6 after Friday’s four-inning loss to WC.

&uot;We enjoyed it this year,&uot; Natchez High head coach Sue Johnson said. &uot;It’s going to help them out in slow pitch more than they’ll ever know. Even though it didn’t look good, it’s promising. It’s going to help them next year, and they should do pretty well. I’m real proud of them.&uot;

The Lady Vikings took a 9-0 lead off Natchez starter Krystal Arnold before the Lady Bulldogs got two in the fourth when Ashley Mitchell doubled in two runs.