Silliman’s Barnes shuts down Adams County
NATCHEZ — Corban Barnes held Adams County Christian School scoreless for six innings as he kept the Rebels off balance in a magnificent performance as the Silliman Institute Wildcats won 4-2 Tuesday night in District 5-AA action.
Barnes went six and two-thirds innings in picking up the win in Silliman’s district opener. Event though ACCS went in to this game undefeated in district play and with just one loss all season, Barnes didn’t seem the least bit intimidated.
“Their pitcher was on. Their kid threw consistently with the fastball and the curveball,” ACCS head coach Hunter McKeivier said.
Silliman scored two runs in the top of the second inning and added one run in the top of the fourth and fifth innings for a 4-0 lead. That would turn out to be plenty of run support for Barnes.
Christopher Perry hit his eighth home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough. Ryan Goddard went 2-for-3 with a double, but he was saddled with his first loss on the mound to go to 3-1.
“They were able to manufacture runs and we didn’t. I was proud of my kids for not giving up and playing hard through adversity,” McKeivier said. “We’ve got to get back to work with the fundamentals — bunting, hitting. We can’t rely on home runs all the time.”
Austin Amphion went 2-for-3 with a double for Silliman, which had seven hits in the game.
ACCS (11-2, 3-1) plays at Silliman Friday in a varsity doubleheader with the first game starting at 4:30 p.m.
Natchez High loses twice at Lawrence County Invitational
MONTICELLO — The Natchez High Bulldogs went 0-2 Tuesday at the Lawrence County Invitational. Which was not the result head coach Charlie Williams was looking for after an up-and-down week last week.
In the first game of the day, Natchez took on host Lawrence County and the 13th-ranked Cougars used a three-run rally in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead for good, They went on to defeat the Bulldogs 6-3 in five innings.
The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 at the end of the second inning before taking the lead in the top of the third inning with a three-run rally of their own. But Lawrence County responded in the bottom of the third to take a 5-3 lead and would add one more run in the bottom of the fifth. Keith Martin went 2-for-2 with a double for the Cougars.
Natchez High then took on Loyd Star. The Hornets jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the end of four innings and held on for a 5-2 victory over the Bulldogs.
The big inning for Loyd Star was the bottom of the fourth. Already leading 2-0, the Hornets tacked on three more runs and just like that they were ahead 5-0. The Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the fifth, but those would be the only runs they would score. Cori Crowe and Branden Canny each had a double for Loyd Star.
Natchez High (3-3) will take on Hattiesburg and Gautier this Saturday.
Glenmora 5, Monterey 2
MONTEREY — Glenmora sophomore Neiko Bradford frustrated Monterey both on the mound and at the plate as he carried the Wildcats past the Wolves Tuesday afternoon in LHSAA District 6-B action.
Bradford held Monterey to just three hits, despite the defense behind him committing three errors. He also went 2-for-2 with a double and a solo home run.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead after scoring in each of the first three innings. Monterey didn’t score its first run until the bottom of the fifth inning and then added another run one inning later to make it a 4-2 game. But Glenmora put a stop to the Wolves’ comeback attempt by scoring one run in the top of the seventh.
Monterey (1-6, 0-1) plays at Rapides Thursday at 4 p.m.
Centreville sweeps pair at Parklane Tournament
MCCOMB — The Centreville Academy Tigers won both of their games Tuesday at the Parklane Spring Break Tournament. And while the final score in both games was the same, how it happened was completely different.
Centreville’s bats were on fire in the first three innings of its game against Bowling Green School. The Tigers jumped out to a 10-0 lead through two and a half innings and went on to defeat the Buccaneers 11-3 in five innings.
Bowling Green avoided the shutout by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third. Centreville scored its final run of the game in the top of the fifth.
Hunter Devall hit a home run and Ethan Noland went 3-for-3 to lead the Tigers’ eight-hit attack.
Jonathan Spivey was the winning pitcher despite a shaky outing. He pitched three innings and struck out just two while walking three. Bowling Green only had two hits, however, and Spivey was aided by a defense that didn’t commit a single error.
The Tigers took on Porter’s Chapel Academy in the nightcap and the Eagles gave them all they could handle for the first three innings. But Centreville scored the last nine runs of the game to rally from a 3-2 deficit and beat Porter’s Chapel 11-3 in six innings.
The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good at 4-3, and tacked on seven runs in the final three innings.
Cliff Hurst was the winning pitcher as he went five innings with eight strikeouts and just two walks. Tyler Towles went 2-for-4 with a double while Spivey went 3-for-3 and Devall was 2-for-4.
Centreville (8-4) hosts Amite School Center Friday with the junior varsity game at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 6:30 p.m.
North Pike 15, Franklin County 1
MONTICELLO — Natchez High wasn’t the only area team to have a tough go of it at the Lawrence County Invitational. The Franklin County Bulldogs were routed by the North Pike Jaguars Tuesday afternoon in five innings.
North Pike scored three runs in the top of the first inning before Franklin County scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the first. After that it was all Jaguars.
The Jaguars scored three runs in the top of the third inning, four in the top of the fourth and five in the top of the fifth. They ended up with 12 hits to just four for the Bulldogs.
Central Private 18, WCCA 1
BAKER, La. — Grant Wiedeman threw a no-hitter and struck out 11 batters as the Central Private School Rebels rolled past the Wilkinson County Christian Academy Rams in an MAIS District 5-AA game Tuesday night.
Ryan Young went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run to lead Central Private at the plate.
WCCA (N/A, 0-4) plays host to Central Private for a varsity doubleheader Friday with the first game beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Buckeye 5, Block 4
BUCKEYE, La. — Block pitcher Chase Duncan pitched an outstanding game as he held a good Buckeye team to just three hits. The problem was the defense let him down.
The Bears committed all four of their errors in the bottom of the third inning and that allowed the Panthers to score four runs for a 5-1 lead as they held on for the win Tuesday afternoon.
“All four of their runs in the third was contributed to all our errors. That killed us,” Block head coach Stevie McCarthy said. “But they are No. 6 in the state in 3A and we played a good game. The boys are hungry for a win.”
Block scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut Buckeye’s lead to just one run, but winning pitcher Dave Hill ended any thoughts of the Bears pulling off the upset by shutting them out in the final two innings.
Preston Bowman went 2-for-4 with two doubles and Dylan Mayo was 2-for-4 with a double. Hill had a double for the Panthers.
Block (4-6) will play its make-up game at Vidalia on Friday at 5 p.m.
Trinity at Tensas Academy postponed
ST. JOSEPH, La. — The MAIS District 6-A game between Trinity Episcopal and Tensas Academy that was scheduled to take place Tuesday afternoon at Tensas Academy has been postponed until today at 4 p.m.
The game was rescheduled because Tensas Academy’s baseball field was not playable due to the heavy rain that came through the area Monday afternoon.