Natchez 12s defeat Franklin Co., teams will play again tonight

Published 12:53 am Thursday, July 1, 2010

NATCHEZ — With part one in the books, the Natchez 12-year-old All-Stars are currently one step ahead of their Franklin County counterparts.

The Natchez 12s faced the Franklin County 12-year-old All-Stars Wednesday in the first of two games in two days, winning 3-1. Natchez 12s head coach Terry Moffett said it was a fun game to be a part of, and he was looking forward to the second game between the two teams tonight at 7.

“These were two good teams getting after it. There was good pitching, and good timely hitting on our part. Overall, it was just a good baseball game,” Terry Moffett said.

Natchez took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Tyler Wilson scored on a passed ball. Will Moffett then came home from second base on a single by Nic Webb.

The Natchez 12s added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Will Moffett scored on a fielder’s choice by Webb.

Wilson, who started for Natchez, pitched the first two innings, holding Franklin County to no runs. Terry Moffett brought Christopher White in to start the third inning, and he pitched the remaining four innings for Natchez.

White also held Franklin County scoreless for the third, fourth and fifth inning, but ran into a little trouble in the sixth. With a man on first and third and two outs, White induced a groundball from Franklin County, but third baseman Landon Seyfarth overthrew the ball to first base. Franklin County’s Danzel Allen scored from third, making it 3-1.

In the next Franklin County at-bat, White threw a wild pitch, but catcher Christopher Cantrell recovered the ball and picked off the Franklin County runner at third base to end the game.

“Things like that happen sometimes. You losing concentration happens, but if you can overcome that, that’s big too,” Terry Moffett said.

Even though Natchez won part one, Terry Moffett said he still expects a battle in the second game between the two teams tonight.

“The advantage of seeing each other goes both ways: They’ve seen us, and we’ve seen them. They know what’s at stake and we know what’s at stake,” Terry Moffett said.

“We’re expecting a battle from them, but we’re going to battle them too.”