Green Wave win pitcher’s duel

Published 12:29 am Wednesday, March 24, 2010

BOGUE CHITTO — With one swing of the bat, senior right fielder Caleb Johnson gave Cathedral a 3-0 lead over Bogue Chitto and senior pitcher Dylan White all the run support he would need.

The Green Wave would go on to defeat the Bobcats 4-1 in their Region 7-1A opener in what was for the most part a pitchers’ duel between White and Bogue Chitto’s Michael Martin.

“We jumped out to a 3-0 lead and we had to hang on after that,” Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. “I thought their pitcher did an excellent job keeping us off balance. Dylan and the Martin kid for Bogue Chitto matched each other pitch for pitch.”

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Except for when it mattered most. With two runners on, Johnson sent a pitch from Martin over the fence that gave the Green Wave the early lead. However, they only had two other hits off Martin the rest of the game.

With Martin not giving up another run until the top of the seventh, it was up to White to preserve the lead. And he did just that as he didn’t allow Bogue Chitto to score until the bottom of the sixth inning, gave up just three hits – two of those to Garrett Wallace, struck out 12 Bobcats batters and walked just one.

“Dylan was able to hang on to that lead for us,” Beesley said. “We’ve got some things we can improve on defensively. We made some great plays and we missed some routine plays.”

While Bogue Chitto didn’t commit a single error in the game, Cathedral (9-2, 1-0) had two errors. These two teams face each other again with the Green Wave hosting the Bobcats at Chester Willis Field Thursday at 7 p.m.

Centreville Academy 20, WCCA 4

CENTREVILLE — Tyler Toles, Brad Jelks and Randy Bell combined for eight of Centerville Academy’s 15 hits as the Tigers defeated the Wilkinson County Christian Academy Rams in four innings Tuesday afternoon in MAIS District 5-AA action.

Toles ended up with four hits, including a double. Bell and Jelks each had two hits, with Bell hitting a triple and Jelks a double. Centreville (9-5, 2-2) jumped out to a 12-0 lead after two innings of play before WCCA finally got on the scoreboard with one run in the top of the third.

The Tigers put the mercy rule in effect when they scored eight runs in the bottom of the third to go up 20-1. The Rams couldn’t come close to extending the game any further after scoring three runs in the top of the fourth.

WCCA (1-11, 0-7) was led at the plate by Hayden Whetstone, who had two hits. The Rams host the Tigers in a varsity doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.

Simpson Academy 8, ACCS 7

WESSON — Jake Brumfield had a good outing on the mound going until the fifth and sixth innings. That’s when Simpson Academy broke loose a total of seven runs as the Cougars held on to defeat the Adams County Christian School Rebels Tuesday afternoon.

The game took place on the Wesson campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College and ACCS was the home team in this game.

The Rebels scored one run each in the bottom of the first, third and fourth innings for a 3-1 lead. However, the Cougars’ bats woke up in the top of the fifth as they scored three runs to take a 4-3 lead.

The game went back and forth from there. ACCS retook the lead by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Simpson Academy rallied once again, this time bringing home four runs in the top of the sixth for an 8-5 lead.

The Rebels scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it an 8-7 game, but they were unable to either win the game or extend the game into extra innings in the bottom of the seventh.

Despite suffering the loss on the mound, Brumfield went 2-for-3 and hit his eighth home run of the season. Tanner Martin also went 2-for-3 for ACCS (9-7). Hunter Thompson and Brandon Johnson each went 2-for-4 for Simpson Academy (6-4).

The Rebels return to action Saturday at 1:30 p.m. when they host Riverfield Academy.

Oak Hill 16, Monterey 3

HINESTON, La. — Oak Hill’s Paul Carpenter had his way with Monterey both on the mound and at the plate in leading the Rams to an easy win over the Wolves in five innings Tuesday afternoon to move into first place in District 6-B.

Carpenter pitched four shutout innings before giving up three runs in the top of the fifth inning. But by that time the outcome of this game had long since been decided. He gave up two hits, both by Ross Lipsey and both of which went for extra bases – a double and a triple. He was literally the Wolves’ only bright spot at the plate, going 2-for-3.

And at the plate, Carpenter more than helped his own cause by going 4-for-4 with a double and a triple. Oak Hill scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning, two in the bottom of the second, eight in the bottom of the third and one in the bottom of the fourth to put the mercy rule in effect.

Oak Hill (3-0 in District 6-B) got two hits each from Cole Seazell, Morgan Chackes and Chase George. As if the Rams’ 13 hits weren’t enough, they got some help from Monterey’s defense, which committed five errors in the game.

Monterey (4-7, 2-1) will look to get back on track when it hosts Avoyelles Charter at 4 p.m. Thursday.