Baseball teams have tough week

Published 2:36 am Sunday, April 26, 2009

Thursday and Friday were very bad days if you are a local high school baseball player.

Unless you play for the Trinity Episcopal Saints, a loss on those days means your season is now over.

Adams County Christian and Centreville dropped out on Thursday and Natchez High, Franklin County and Cathedral followed suit on Friday night.

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The only local team left standing in the high school playoffs is the Saints, who needed to sweep a doubleheader on the road against Oak Forest in order to advance and did so in impressive fashion.

Trinity won the first game of the doubleheader 3-1 and then blew the Yellow Jackets away in the nightcap by the score of 15-1.

But while Trinity is moving on, the other schools had their playoff dreams dashed.

No team was more heartbroken than the Cathedral Green Wave.

Cathedral really thought it had a chance at winning its third state championship after returning most of its players from a team that missed out on the state finals by one run last year.

It ran through the regular season undefeated and routed Noxapater in two games in the first round of the playoffs.

However, the Greenies were done in by the cruelest of opponents, archrival St. Aloysius.

After getting blown out in the first game, Cathedral gave everything they had in the second game but saw its season end by one run in extra innings.

Cathedral has nothing to be ashamed of though. I wish the two teams could have met up in a later round, because they both deserve to go farther in the playoffs than the second round.

St. Al is by far the best team I have seen play this year. They have great pitching and great hitting, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they are holding the state championship trophy at the end of the playoffs.

The Miss-Lou’s other teams have nothing to hang their heads about either. They all were beaten by better teams. No shame in that.

ACCS was beaten soundly by a Simpson Academy squad that can flat smash the ball.

The Cougars should go a long way in the playoffs, or at least until they run into prohibitive favorite Central Private.

Central Private defeated Centreville in two games in their first round series, ending the Tigers fine season.

It’s a shame that two of the local MPSA teams had to play two of the top teams in the state in the first round, but that’s they way the brackets worked out.

Natchez High and Franklin County fell in their first round matchups as well, with Natchez falling to very talented Gulfport and Oak Grove teams and Franklin County losing to Sumrall.

While Mississippi playoffs are well under way, Louisiana has yet to get started, but will next week.

Vidalia clinched a playoff spot with a win over Marksville on Saturday and will now wait to be seeded.

Good luck to the Vikings and Saints as they begin and continue their playoff runs and a hats off to everyone else for a great season.

Enjoy your summer.

Jeff Edwards is the sports editor for The Democrat. He can be reached at