Natchez tops South Pike; Vikings claim pair

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 14, 2005

NATCHEZ &045; After the week they’ve had, Natchez High’s Bulldogs may have needed a win in the worst way.

So what better way to cure the blues than winning a game in your last at-bat. That’s what the Bulldogs did Saturday with a 6-5 win over South Pike to get a win after losing games to Vicksburg and Warren Central this week by a combined score of 36-3.

&uot;That was one we really needed to get the momentum back on the right side and build our confidence back up,&uot; NHS head coach Charlie Williams said. &uot;We’ve got a pretty light schedule next week. We’ve got some opportunities. I can pitch two of my pitchers Monday, and they’ll be rested up for (Lawrence County) Saturday. We’re getting to be consistent again, and that’s a plus.&uot;

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The Bulldogs (5-8) didn’t lie down in the bottom half of the seventh against the Jaguars after letting a three-run lead in the top half slip away. Johnny Williams reached on an error, and C.J. Wright came with a fly ball into the outfield that fell in and put Johnny Williams heading to third.

The Jaguars threw to third, and the ball sailed over the third baseman to allow the run to score.

The Jaguars did almost the same thing to tie it up in the top half. They got a run in before the Bulldogs let a fly ball fall in to allow two runs to score and tie the score at 5-5.

&uot;They made the mistakes like we normally do,&uot; Charlie Williams said. &uot;That was the only ball they missed in the outfield all day. They did a good job. We were cruising 5-2 in the seventh and made some critical errors. Our infield has been pretty consistent and not making that many errors, but our outfielders are misjudging too many fly balls.&uot;

The Bulldogs took the 5-2 lead in the fourth thanks to a four-run inning. They put in two runs before Charles Cothern singled in Johnny Williams and C.J. Wright.

Cothern tripled in the second and wound up scoring on the play when the throw to third went too high.

Block 3, Monterey 0

JONESVILLE, La. &045; The Bears got all the runs they needed in the fourth in the five-inning contest at the Block tournament, and the Wolves couldn’t answer.

The Wolves (2-8) had the same problem the night before at the tournament by struggling at the plate. Block pitcher Cody Johnson held them to just two hits.

&uot;Our pitching has never fallen off, and our fielding is coming around,&uot; Monterey head coach Hank Zizzi said. &uot;We just can’t hit the ball &045; sort of like taking a shower without water. We’re just not making contact enough with the ball.&uot;

The Bears rallied off Matt Shively in the fourth to break the scoreless tie. Casey Ryan singled, Cody Johnson singled, Chase Sharp singled in Ryan and Ryan Goldman reached on an error to score Johnson and Sharp.

The Wolves didn’t get a runner in scoring position.

Centreville 19, WCCA 11

WOODVILLE &045; It took four hours and quite possibly a couple hundred pitches, but Centreville’s Tigers broke away from a 10-10 tie in the top of the ninth with nine runs to take the win.

The Tigers got two hits before the Rams walked three straight batters before Lanehart singled in tow runs and Sellers doubled in three more.

The Rams tacked on one in the bottom half.

WCCA fell behind 7-3 after three but exploded for seven in the fifth to take a 10-7 lead. Ruston Cado singled, stole second and scored on a Jack Maxwell single.

The next batter walked before Centreville hit the next two pitchers, and Blake Fontenot singled in two runs. David Ryan doubled in a run, Cado doubled in Ryan and T-Ray Deville doubled in Cado.

Vidalia at VHS Tournament

VIDALIA, La. &045; After falling to False River Friday night in Vidalia’s first game in its own tournament, the Vikings came back on a mission Saturday.

Vidalia beat Avoyelles Parish 13-4 in the morning and then got an 11-1 win over Harrisonburg in the afternoon at the Vidalia Tournament.

&uot;You don’t want to lose your first game in you own tournament, but that goes to the guy who made the schedule, and that’s me,&uot; Vidalia head coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said. &uot;But we had a beautiful weekend, good crowds and some great fans.&uot;

The Vikings were just about unstoppable against Avoyelles. Brett Hinson got things started in the first inning by knocking home Chris Ensminger with a home run, the first of three in the game for Hinson. Ensminger was 4-for-4 in the game and all his hits were for multiple bases.

&uot;I thought we got some key hits. We’ve started to swing the bat,&uot; Horrpauir said.

Against Harrisonburg, Vidalia got an awesome performance from pitcher Lance Moore, both at the mound and at the plate.

&uot;He threw 45 strikes and 11 balls,&uot; Hoffpauir said. &uot;When you’re doing that, even if you’re only throwing mid-70s with the fastball, you mix in a few curves and you can win in high school. That’s what we haven’t done this week.&uot;

Moore was 3-for-3 with a home run and a double at the plate, setting the tone for an explosive offensive performance by the Vikings.

Vidalia all but put away the game with a six-run second inning. Graham Roberts reached base on an error and Jordan Brewer and Chris Ensminger had back-to-back hits to scored two runs to start the second. Vidalia was up 8-1 after the second and shut the Bulldogs out for the final three innings.

Hoffpauir said he was pleased with his team’s defense.

&uot;You have to play defense behind Lance, and I thought we did a good job of that,&uot; Hoffpauir said.

St. Fred 13, Cathedral 3

VIDALIA, La. &045; Cathedral got in the hole early against St. Frederick’s and couldn’t climb out.

The first six batters of the game for St. Frederick’s all scored, putting the Green Wave in the hole early.

Cathedral didn’t score until the fourth inning, when cathcher Drew Burns hit a solo home run to put the Green Wave on the board.

&uot;This morning we kind of gave in after they got up and that’s not typical of a Cathedral team,&uot; Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said.