Cathedral slides past Monterey; FC downs Natchez

Published 12:01 am Sunday, February 24, 2008

NATCHEZ — Despite not getting a single hit off Monterey pitchers Beau Shivley and Billy Metcalf, the Cathedral Green Wave managed to defeat the Wolves 2-0 Saturday afternoon at the Cathedral Round Robin Tournament at Chester Willis Field.

“We knew we were missing some of our players today, but the people we had playing still have to do a better job at the bat,” Green Wave head coach Craig Beesley said.

Cathedral (2-0) scored its two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff hitter Braxton Fondren was hit by a pitch, stole second, stole third and scored on an error by Monterey catcher Jon Lipsey, whose throw to third went too high.

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One batter after left fielder Chance Cooper made an outstanding catch to deny Aaron White of a base hit, Daniel Jenkins reached first base on a walk, then got to second after Caleb Johnson was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a Cooper’s error and scored when Cole Mann hit a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield.

After a shaky first inning that included two walks, Shivley settled down and allowed just one batter to get into scoring position over the next three and a third innings. He ended up striking out six batters. Shivley hit Aaron White with a pitch to advance him to first base and was relieved by Metcalf, who allowed just the first two batters to reach base in the bottom of the fifth, but didn’t give up a run.

“They did a good job. We never could put anything together late in the game,” Beesley said. “If we keep hitting like this, we’re in for a long season.”

Monterey first-year head coach Eric Richard was very pleased with how Shivley pitched after the first inning as well as Metcalf.

“Our pitchers did an outstanding job. Defensively, we made a couple of mistakes early. Billy held them down for two innings,” Richard said. “We didn’t hit the ball well when we had runners in scoring position. We just couldn’t execute.”

The Wolves had the bases loaded twice in the top of the first inning and again in the top of the second, but they could not take advantage of the situation. Austin Lipsey was tagged out at home plate after Jon Lipsey hit into a fielder’s choice in the first and Jared Ensminger was tagged out between third and home on a rundown in the second.

“We didn’t hit them when we could have moved them,” Richard said. “I was proud of them. I’m not dissatisfied.”

Beesley said he was pleased with the pitching of Mann, Aaron White and Dylan White as well as the two double plays and the routine plays the defense made during the game.

“We threw a lot of strikes toward the end of the game,” Beesley said. “We had a hard time throwing strikes early in the game. Dylan’s stepping up for us. This was his second good outing.”

Franklin County 12, Natchez High 1

NATCHEZ — In the first game of the day, Franklin County pitchers Phillip Dylan and B. McDowell combined to strike out 11 batters in its win over Natchez High Saturday morning.

Franklin County put the game away with five runs in the top of the first inning and again in the top of the second. Seven of the team’s nine hits were in the first two innings. Ryan Tutor had a two-run double and McDowell had an RBI single in the first. Jarvis Hunt had a two-run double in the top of the second. Tutor had three RBIs and went 2-for-3 and McDowell also went 2-for-3.

Dylan pitched the first two innings and struck out three in picking up the win and McDowell struck out eight and allowed just one run and one hit in three innings.

D. Johnson took the loss for Natchez High as he gave up 10 runs on seven hits and three walks in two innings.