Natchez High falls to Terry, routs Wingfield

Published 12:37 am Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NATCHEZ — Natchez High played an interesting doubleheader Tuesday evening, and came out of the two games no better or worse than they entered.

In order to make up games that had been rained out, the Bulldogs were forced to play a doubleheader against two different teams, Terry and Wingfield.

Natchez lost to Terry 11-0 in the first game before coming back and destroying Wingfield 24-4 in the nightcap.

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Despite the split, and the fact that Natchez rung up 24 runs in the second game, Bulldog coach Charlie Williams was less than thrilled with the way his team played, especially at the plate.

Natchez had no hits against Terry and just nine against Wingfield.

“We came into that first game and it seemed like we were already defeated,” Williams said. “We didn’t play anywhere near our potential. And the second game didn’t help us at all. It was an ugly win, but a win’s a win.”

Natchez is now 11-7 overall and 5-3 in district play. All three of their losses have come against Terry and the Bulldogs didn’t have a hit in any of those games.

“We’ve got to learn how to be consistent,” Williams said. “We can’t just show up against the teams we expect to beat. If you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. We’ve got a lot of talent but blame me for not getting them focused.”

Natchez didn’t record a hit against Terry, but the visiting Bulldogs got 16 of their own, including five from Derek Harding and four from Morris Grant.

Williams said a bright spot for Natchez in the first game was the pitching of eighth-grader Darrin Johnson.

“It should have been 0-0 up until the fourth inning,” Williams said. “My hat’s off to (Johnson). He pitched really well seeing how Terry is ranked eighth in the state. We just made too many errors behind him.”

Natchez came back in the second game to pound an overmatched Wingfield squad, scoring 24 runs despite only getting nine hits.

“I would have liked for us to hit better,” Williams said. “We should have had about 18 hits against Wingfield.”

Donovan Logan was the winning pitcher and also hit a two-run homer in the game.

Melvin Davis also had an inside-the-park home run for the Bulldogs in the victory.

Natchez is already locked into second place in the district standings and will close out district play by traveling to play Jim Hill Thursday evening.