CP Rebels clobber Saints

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 4, 2009

NATCHEZ — Trailing 4-3 at the end of the fourth inning, Central Private showed why it is the No. 1 team in Class AA as the Rebels exploded for 11 runs over the next two innings to defeat Trinity Episcopal 14-4 Tuesday night at Chester Willis Field.

This was the second straight game involving Trinity Episcopal that lasted three and a half hours. But unlike its close loss to Centreville Academy on Monday, the Saints had no answer for the Rebels’ late-inning scoring spree.

Central Private jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but Trinity scored two runs of its own in the bottom of the third inning.

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The Rebels regained the lead with one run in the top of the fourth, but the Saints rallied by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 4-3 lead, looking to upset the top-ranked team.

That was until Central Private scored five runs in the top of the fifth to make it an 8-4 game. The Rebels then went on to score six runs in the top of the sixth and held the Saints scoreless in the bottom of the sixth to end the game via the 10-run rule.

Jordan Dossett pitched well for Trinity (2-4) through the first four innings but gave up the lead in the top of the fifth and wound up taking the loss. He was the first of three pitchers the Saints used in the game.

Wells Middleton had a double for the Saints.

Steven Tate was the winning pitcher for Central Private (8-0) was one of four pitchers the Rebels used. Chase Metz went 4-for-4 with a double, Jacob Fryoux went 3-for-5 and Brennan Courville had a double to lead the Rebels at the plate.

Vidalia 11, Jena 10

JENA, La. — Vidalia jumped out to a big lead, let it slip away and then scored one run in the top of the seventh inning for a dramatic win over Jena Tuesday night.

Ben Parnham hit a grand slam home run in the top of the first inning, but that almost ended up being all for naught.

“We jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the second inning. Jena fought back to make it 10-10 in the sixth inning. We scored one in the top of the seventh and (Mason) Ozburn struck out the side in the seventh in relief,” Vidalia head coach Johnny Lee Hoffpaiur said.

Ozburn was the winning pitcher for Vidalia (2-2). Parnham went 2-for-4 while Jake DeWeese and Seth Thompson each had two hits.

Natchez High 18, Wingfield 2 (3 innings)

JACKSON — After being shut out in the first inning, Natchez High scored seven runs in the top of the second inning and 11 runs in the top of the third for an easy win over Wingfield Tuesday night in Division 6-5A action.

The Bulldogs had just eight hits in the game, but took advantage of at least eight Falcons errors and several walks. Donovan Logan was the winning pitcher for Natchez High (4-3-1, 2-1) as he held Wingfield to just two hits.

Monterey 4, Avoyelles Charter 3

MANSURA, La. — Chance Cooper hit a two-out, two-run inside-the-park home run in the top of the sixth inning as Monterey held on to defeat Avoyelles Charter Tuesday afternoon for its first win of the season.

Monterey (1-3) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before the Vikings tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second inning. It would remain that way until Cooper untied it off losing pitcher Hunter Riche.

Avoyelles Charter scored one run in the bottom of the sixth, but that was all the scoring the Vikings could get against winning pitcher Tyler Trant, who allowed just two hits, both to Riche, struck out four and walked two in a complete-game performance.

The Wolves won despite striking out 11 times to Riche, who gave up four hits and walked two as he, too, went the distance. Ross Lipsey, Austin Lipsey and Nick Blake each had a single.