T.M. Jennings 9s and 10s, 11s and 12s eliminated Saturday

Published 12:08 am Sunday, July 25, 2010

D’IBERVILLE — Once Ocean Springs’ bats got going in the bottom of the third inning, there was very little the Natchez T.M. Jennings 11-12-year-old All-Stars could do to keep up.

And thanks to three home runs and stellar pitching from Brune (no first name given), Ocean Springs ended up defeating Natchez 7-0 Saturday morning at the Mississippi Little League State Tournament to sweep the best-of-three series.

Natchez played better defense than it did in an 11-0 loss on Friday afternoon with just one error and had some good pitching of its own for much of the first three innings. The problem for Natchez was that it could not get the key hit to bring in a run while Ocean Springs did so in a big way.

“We made less errors. We hit the ball pretty decent, but the other team played great defense,” Natchez 11-12s coach Deselle Davis said. “They had three home runs. That pretty much was the difference in the game.”

Ocean Springs broke a scoreless tie with one run in the bottom of the third inning. Then they broke the game open with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and four in the bottom of the fifth.

Brune was the winning pitcher for Ocean Springs while Jamario Ashley was credited with the loss for Natchez.

“Overall, we had good talent. Played hard. They never gave up,” Davis said. “We’re going to have to rebuild to get back here next year. We have our work cut out for us as coaches and players.”

Biloxi 9-10s 16, Natchez 8

D’IBERVILLE — Eight runs would have likely been enough for the Natchez T.M. Jennings 9-10-year-old All-Stars to defeat several teams during this postseason.

However, that would not be nearly enough as they ran into an offensive juggernaut at the Mississippi Little League State Tournament over the last two days in Biloxi.

After giving up 13 runs in a Game 1 loss on Friday afternoon, Natchez gave up even more runs Saturday morning in a 16-8 loss to Biloxi, which won the best-of-three series two games to none.