Brook hammers NHS; Wolves lose 2

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 1, 2004

NATCHEZ &045; A five-inning, 13-1 loss is something Natchez High can take right now.

Division play begins Tuesday, and there’s nothing like a little humbling to put a team back to thinking it’s not as good as it might have thought. The Bulldogs had some big wins earlier in the week but had all sorts of problems Saturday in the loss to Brookhaven.

It came on the heels of hammering Jefferson County, 15-5, in the Tigers’ first year of baseball.

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The win was also the 100th career victory for Brookhaven head coach Randy Spring.

&uot;That’s the thing we’ve been looking for all year,&uot; NHS head coach Charlie Williams said. &uot;We got the beating we needed to get back down. I think we got a little too high for ourselves. We normally have a bad inning, but we had a bad game today. But we’ll still be OK.&uot;

The Bulldogs didn’t make the contact and get the hits they’ve done in recent games. The Panthers didn’t, either, but they were able to take advantage of the Bulldogs’ errors, walks and hit batsmen to put runs on the board.

The Bulldogs had six errors while three pitchers combined to walk six and hit five batters. Jason Hayes threw two innings, Matt Henderson threw two and Jeremiah Green went one.

&uot;They didn’t hit us that hard,&uot; Williams said. &uot;We just made errors. It’s something we thought we had gotten away from. We didn’t catch the ball and didn’t make the routine plays. We didn’t swing it too good, either. We were hitting fly balls and lazy ground balls.&uot;

The Bulldogs had just three hits in the contest and scored their run in the second when Jason Hayes tripled in C.J. Wright. The Panthers scored three in the first, two in the second and third and six in the fifth.

Monterey at Block tournament

JONESVILLE, La. &045; You don’t have to hear it from veteran MHS head coach Hank Zizzi that the Wolves’ two losses Saturday were tough to take.

The Wolves started out with a 4-3 loss to Harrisonburg that featured the Bulldogs scoring two runs in their last at-bat to win. The Monterey dropped a 3-2 loss to Block with the Bears scored two runs in their last at-bat to win.

But he’ll say it anyway.

&uot;When you lose like this, it hurts,&uot; Zizzi said. &uot;Just a little bit here and a little bit there. We need to find a witch doctor and sacrifice a chicken or something.&uot;

Harrisonburg rallied in its last at-bat off Max Green when Jarvis Johnson and Elijah Booth each singled in runs for the lead. Against Block, two singles found their way through the infield to take the win.

It spoiled a day of timely hitting for the Wolves in the two five-inning contests. Against Harrisonburg Ples Arthur singled in a run and Max Green singled in a run.

Parklane 6, Trinity Episcopal 4

MCCOMB &045; The Saints continue to improve after a sluggish start to the season, typical for a team routinely goes late in basketball.

The Saints (1-6) yielded just one bad inning and came up short in its bid to upend Class AAA Parklane at the Pioneers’ tournament. Parklane scored five in the third after the Saints took a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom half.

The Saints scored a run in the first when Walt Ketchings came home on an error. The Saints took a 3-1 lead in the third when Ryan Rachal scored on a double steal and Ketchings scored on a Stevan Ridley groundout to short.

The Saints added another in the fifth when Ketchings scored on an Andy Moon groundout.

Brandon Geter went 2 1/3 innings on the mound before getting pulled in that five-run Parklane third. Ketchings went the rest of the way.