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Washington throws no-hitter

Natchez High School’s Javon Washington delivers a pitch during their game against Jim Hill Friday afternoon at the Chester-Willis baseball field in Natchez. (Eric J. Shelton / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Natchez High School senior pitcher Javon Washington was literally un-hittable Friday night against Jim Hill.

Washington threw six innings of no-hit ball against the Tigers and led Natchez High to a 10-0 victory.

“It feels good,” Washington said.

“I think it’s my second no-hitter in my career.”

Washington threw a no-hitter his sophomore season, he said.

Natchez coach Charlie Williams had not even planned for Washington to throw the whole game, he said.

“(Washington was) fantastic,” Williams said.

“He wasn’t even supposed to stay in that long, and I didn’t want to leave him in, but he insisted, so we just stuck with him.”

Washington said he was not aware that he had not given up a hit until one of the coaches told him.

“I don’t even think about it when I’m out there. I just love pitching,” Washington said.

Washington only allowed four base runners, all on walks.

The Bulldogs offense gave Washington plenty of run support, as well.

Natchez pounded out 10 runs on eight hits and also got help from seven Jim Hill errors.

The Bulldogs scored three runs in the first inning to jump ahead.

Washington helped his own cause with an RBI double and Davion Ward followed that with an RBI single. The other run was scored on an error.

Natchez would add one more in the second inning when Ward walked with the bases loaded to score Trevon Chatman.

The Bulldogs would blow the game open in the fifth, with four runs on just two hits and three Jim Hill errors.

Trey Fleming had an RBI single in the inning to score Jonathan Hawkins, then Chatman singled to score Fleming.

The Bulldogs would get their ninth and 10th runs of the game to end it in the bottom of the sixth.

“We finally got some timely hitting,” Williams said.

Natchez High improves to 6-4 with the win and 2-1 in 6A Region 6.

They will host Hattiesburg at 3 p.m. today.

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