Cathedral blanks Natchez

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 2, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Success is not always defined in wins and losses.

Such was the case in Cathedral&8217;s 7-0 win over Natchez Monday.

Heading into the game it appeared as both schools were headed in different directions, with Cathedral (3-0) coming in to the contest undefeated and Natchez (0-4-1) seemingly reeling from an abysmal start to the season.

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After seven innings of play, both teams came away with something more important than another mark in their win-loss columns.

For Natchez, the Lady Bulldogs appear to be making some headway on the road to improving their play and getting that elusive first win. The team has cut down on the fielding errors, which have plagued the team all season, and coach Charlie Williams feels it&8217;s only a matter of time before the improvements show up in the win column.

&8220;We&8217;re getting better,&8221; said coach Charlie Williams. &8220;I&8217;m pleased. We&8217;re still making too many errors, but not as many as we have been.&8221;

For Cathedral, the Green Wave are using the early season games to work on the little things.

&8220;Right now we are trying to work on our focus,&8221; coach Pam Clayton said. &8220;We&8217;re also trying to work on our place hitting, and doing some specific things.&8221;

If place hitting was the goal, then the mission was accomplished &8212; especially in the fourth inning where the team drove in four runs off of well placed hits by Elizabeth Blackwell, Brandi McGraw, and Christina Brumfield.

Blackwell provided some early fireworks, with her first inning inside-the-park homerun, which gave the Green Wave a 1-0 lead.

Despite the lack of runs for Natchez coach Williams cited a few positive things his team came away with in the loss.

&8220;I was pleased with the way Kanesha Jackson pitched,&8221; Williams said. &8220;We&8217;re not producing enough hits to support her, but the girls are all working hard and improving day by day.&8221;

Part of the improvements have come from the recent bolstering of the Lady Bulldog&8217;s roster, which was able to add a few new players this week.

&8220;We went out and recruited a few girls from around the school,&8221; Kanesha Jackson said. &8220;We haven&8217;t had a full team because some of the girls just wanted to play fast pitch.&8221;

Williams has been pleased by what he&8217;s seen thus far from the newly added players.

&8220;Well a lot of them haven&8217;t played much, but that&8217;s been a good thing because I don&8217;t have to break them of same bad habits as with some of the others,&8221; Williams said.

As for when the team can expect their first win &8212; that&8217;s anyone&8217;s guess, but the improvements are evident.

&8220;I tell our girls, right now our biggest problem is that thing right under their noses,&8221; Williams said. &8220;So long as their lips don&8217;t get to hanging out and they don&8217;t get too down on themselves &8212; we are going to be just fine.&8221;