Natchez 12-year-olds can’t get offense in gear in 4-1 loss

Published 12:58 am Sunday, July 18, 2010

MAGEE — The Natchez 12-year-old All-Stars have put up some impressive offensive numbers during their run through the sub-district and district tournaments.

But on Saturday in the second game of the Dixie Youth South Regional tournament, that potent offense was nowhere to be seen in a 4-1 loss to Wesson.

Natchez collected just two hits in the game, and fell into the tournament loser’s bracket. They will face Columbia at 6 p.m. today in an elimination game.

“We were very uncharacteristically undisciplined at the plate,” Natchez coach Terry Moffett said. “We were swinging at pitches out of the zone. I was very disappointed in that aspect of our batting.”

The game was scoreless for the first three innings as Natchez pitcher Tyler Wilson and Wesson pitcher Matthew Burns were locked in a pitcher’s duel.

But Wesson broke through with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and that is all they would need.

Wesson scored another run in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 4-0.

Natchez came back with a single run in the top of the sixth inning, but it wasn’t enough.

“Except for one inning, Tyler really threw the ball well,” Moffett said. “I’ve got to give Wesson credit. They did what they needed to do at the plate and that’s why they beat us.”

Andrew Beesley and Nic Webb had the only hits for Natchez, both singles.

Moffett said the team will have to come back with a good mindset today if they want to avoid elimination.

“I told them there’s nobody down here who will feel sorry for them,” Moffett said. “If they want to keep playing baseball they’ll come back and get ready to get after somebody. If we didn’t get a wakeup call today, I don’t believe we’re going to get it.”