Warren Central blisters Natchez, 23-8

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 30, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Tuesday night&8217;s 10-0 win over Wingfield ended Natchez High&8217;s five-year drought in Division 6-5A &8212; a division that, at least for this season and next, does not have Vicksburg and Warren Central.

And while the Bulldogs&8217; game against Warren Central Saturday afternoon at Chester Willis Field didn&8217;t count in the division standings, head coach Charlie Williams was looking for his team to be competitive and maybe surprise a lot of people by upsetting the Vikings.

Instead, Warren Central&8217;s Nick Carson and Parker White combined to go seven-for-seven with six runs batted in and Carson hit for the cycle as the Vikings rolled to a 23-8 win over the Bulldogs in five innings.

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&8220;He was struggling early in the season, but he&8217;s turned things around,&8221; Vikings head coach Randy Broom said about Carson. &8220;He had a big win for us on the mound against Madison Central last night in a district game. He&8217;s a good athlete.&8221;

&8220;We just didn&8217;t play today,&8221; Williams said. &8220;We must have had something else on our minds.&8221;

Warren Central (6-3) led the game off by having its first five players reach base before starting pitcher Cameron Logan could record an out.

Carson led off with a triple to right field off Logan&8217;s first pitch of the game, which was followed by walks to Jonathan Ettinger, Eric Douglas and Josh Gordon. Ben Koestler was then hit by a pitch. Along the way, Carson, Ettinger and Douglas scored on wild pitches and Gordon stole home to give the Vikings a 4-0 lead.

Then with two outs, Parker White singled to score pinch runner Chris Whittington

Natchez High (2-2) scored one run in the bottom of the first when Desmond Smoot hit a lead-off single, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Thomas Hughes.

The Vikings added three more runs in the top of the second as Carson led off with a towering home run to left field. Ettinger nearly made it back-to-back homers off Travis Isaac, but his fly ball to left field went foul and he later had to settle for a walk.

Josh Gordon, who also had a big game for Warren Central, hit a fly ball to centerfield. Bulldogs right fielder Karloss Ferbos ran into centerfielder Desmond Smoot as the ball was about to be caught by Smoot, allowing both Ettinger and Gordon to score on an inside-the-park, two-run error.

&8220;We had a lot of mental errors. We had a mental breakdown,&8221; Bulldogs assistant coach Samuel Kelly said. &8220;That was our first big game, but they just didn&8217;t play today. Our infield defense was pretty good, but our outfield let us down.&8221;

Meanwhile, starting and winning pitcher Matt Traxler allowed just one run on two hits and struck out three in two innings for the Vikings.

Warren Central scored seven runs in the top of the third, with the big hits being a two-run single by Douglas and a two-run double by Koestler.

Broom then brought Porter Holliday in to pitch.