T.M. Jennings team win in tournament
NATCHEZ — The T.M. Jennings 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars got some help from current and former Natchez High baseball standouts this past week.
And the lessons they gave showed up in a big way Friday night, as Natchez won 18-4 against the Laurel 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars.
Former NHS players Kendall and Cameron Logan, and current NHS athlete Brian Isaac, all had a hand in instructing the Natchez All-Stars, Natchez coach Deselle Davis said.
“I want to give them my thanks for the work they did with our players, because it really helped,” Davis said.
Natchez got started early, scoring three runs in the first inning. Darryl Hurts crossed home first after an errant throw, and Jadarrius Ivory scored from third on a passed ball. Donte Hawkins attempted to steal third, and came home on a bad throw to third.
Natchez added a run in the top of the second when C.J. White scored on a passed ball, making it 4-0 Natchez.
Natchez starter JaMario Ashley pitched a scoreless bottom of the first, but ran into trouble in the bottom of the second. He walked several Laurel batters and yielded three runs before Davis pulled him.
“He got a little rattled out there, and I just told him to focus on what’s going on in the game, instead of people in the stands,” Davis said.
“His arm was hurting (in that inning), and when he started walking batters, we couldn’t afford to leave him in. It was better for him to be in the dugout than out there hurting.”
Hurts replaced Ashley on the mound, and got out of the inning. Natchez wasted no time getting some of the runs back in the top of the third, with Hawkins scoring on an inside-the-park home run and Lemarcus Singleton scoring on a passed ball.
Singleton had a big hit in the top of the fourth, belting a double that scored three runs. Three additional runs scored, making it 12-3 Natchez after four.
Laurel’s final run of the night came after Natchez made an errant throw to third base in the bottom of the fourth.
Natchez finally put the game away in the fifth inning, adding six runs and holding Laurel scoreless in the bottom half of the frame.
“The kids played focused and played hard. Laurel is a well-coached team. The kids played hard and came together, and it was a total team effort,” Davis said.
The 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars will play at 9 a.m. today against Hattiesburg.
Natchez 15, Laurel 11
Shavoke Herrington got the win for the T.M. Jennings 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars against Laurel Friday in the first game of a best-of-three series.
The 9- and 10-year-olds will face Laurel again tonight at 6.