Natchez Rams upset Texas

Published 12:08 am Thursday, July 19, 2007

LAKE CHARLES, La. — After scoring no runs and getting only two total hits in two pool play games, the Natchez Rams ended up seeded seventh in the USSSA 14-Under AA Baseball World Series.

And with the lack of offense in those two games, not many people would have expected them to have a chance against the second-seeded Texas Warriors, a team that scored 16 runs in their two pool play games.

But on a spectacular day for baseball, the Rams pulled off the upset of the day as they defeated the Warriors 7-5 thanks to Givionni Dent’s 3-for-3 performance, which included a key home run in the top of the fourth inning.

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“It was a dry, sunny day. It was a beautiful day,” Rams head coach Gene Banks said. “It ended up on the pitching. The only way we can get through this thing is pitching.”

It also doesn’t hurt to have some offensive production and that’s what the Rams finally got. They finished with 11 total hits. Dent finished a double away from hitting for the cycle. He and winning pitcher Javon Washington each had a triple in the game.

Neither team’s defense played particularly well, though. Natchez committed five errors while the Warriors surprisingly committed an astonishing eight errors.

Natchez got off to a good start as it scored four runs in the top of the first inning, but Texas answered with three in the bottom of the first. After the Rams scored one run in the top of the second inning to take a 5-3 lead, the Warriors tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the third.

Then Natchez scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Dent’s solo home run proved to be the backbreaker for the Warriors, who were held scoreless in the final three innings. The Warriors were held to six hits in the game.

The Rams will take on the No. 3 seed Knights of Sulphur, La., today at 2 p.m. at Field 2 at the Power Center Complex. This will be a rematch of their first pool play game, won by the Knights 2-0.