Cathedral defeats Natchez High in baseball opener

Published 12:43 am Wednesday, February 20, 2008

NATCHEZ — Winning pitcher Preston Edwards and three other pitchers combined for a one-hitter as the Cathedral Green Wave opened up its season with a 12-1 win over the Natchez High Bulldogs in five innings Tuesday night at Chester Willis Field.

“I pitched four different pitchers. I was pleased with how they threw the ball,” Green Wave head coach Craig Beesley said.

Cathedral (1-0) scored five runs in the top of the first inning. The Green Wave added six more runs in the top of the fourth innings to give them a 12-0 lead. Natchez High scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, but the Bulldogs couldn’t score any runs an inning later and the game ended due to the 10-run rule.

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“I’m hoping we hit better. We had some timely hits,” Beesley said. “We made a few good plays (defensively), but we messed up on some routine plays.”

Mangham 3, Block 1

JONESVILLE — It took a three-run home run by Mangham’s Alan Williams in the top of the seventh inning to break a scoreless game as the Dragons held on to defeat the Bears Tuesday night.

For the first six innings, the Dragons did not play like the No. 1 team in the state in Class 1A — at least at the plate. That was thanks in large part because of the performance of Block pitcher Justin Winborne, who struck out nine batters in a complete-game effort.

Curdarius Johnson scored on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Winborne to make it a 3-1 game, but the Bears could not get any closer.