Natchez Majors fall; Rebel League wins

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 17, 2003


staff reports

PORT GIBSON &045; Pine Hills left-handed pitcher Logan Felder kept Natchez in check to help his team to a 7-3 win Monday night in the Mississippi Dixie Youth 11-12 Sub-district tournament.

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Natchez dropped to the loser’s bracket and will play Franklin County, which defeated Claiborne County to stay alive, in an elimination game today at 6 p.m.

Felder picked up the win while Gary Brown, who pitched three innings, took the loss for Natchez.

&uot;They had a left-hander who threw well. We couldn’t hit the ball,&uot; Natchez head coach Alan Dossett said. &uot;He had a sneaky fastball. He wasn’t overpowering. He had a good curve. He kept changing speeds and was keeping us off balance.&uot;

Pine Hills jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Natchez cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the third inning on an error and a couple of groundouts. That, however, would be as close as the visitors got the rest of the game.

&uot;We had too many strikeouts,&uot; Dossett said. &uot;We couldn’t get anything going.&uot;

Rebel League 19, Brookhaven Americans 4

SUMMIT &045; Brandon Sanders threw a one-hitter and struck out 11 as the Natchez Rebels, on the strength of 15 hits, routed the Brookhaven Americans 19-4 Monday night.

Natchez scored 11 runs in the top of the sixth inning, including a three-run double by Caleb Upton and a two-run double by Christopher Perry.

&uot;We hit the ball like we’re supposed to,&uot; Natchez Rebels coach Tom Middleton said. &uot;Brandon gave us a great six innings. It was an outstanding game. We felt good about the game.&uot;