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Cathedral takes two

ERIC J. SHELTON — THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT Neal Ricks attempts to stop Cathedral's Colton Webb during their game Thursday evening at the Willie-Chester baseball field in Natchez.

NATCHEZ — Sweeping your archrival is always a big deal, but it didn’t mean Cathedral School head coach Craig Beesley was pleased overall.

The Green Wave resumed game one against St. Aloysius Catholic School that was suspended Tuesday due to inclement weather, and beat the Flashes 9-3. Then, Cathedral out-hit the Flashes in game two for a 10-7 win.

But the Green Wave committed five errors in game two, and had numerous base-running miscues, making Beesley none too pleased, he said.

“I’m happy to get two wins, but I was disappointed in how they played the second game,” Beesley said. “We seemed to lose focus between the two games.”

Cathedral resumed the bottom of the fifth in game one from Tuesday’s suspension with a 6-3 lead. St. Al had the bases loaded with no outs, and two balls on the batter. But the Green Wave’s Collin Hammons, who was in for Cathedral Tuesday before the game was suspended, buckled down and got three straight outs.

Hammons induced a popup back to himself for out No. 1, then got two flyball outs to right fielder Blake Martin. Although the way things ended Tuesday was still fresh on his mind, Hammons said he didn’t waiver.

“I just came out here and knew what I had to do, and I did that,” Hammons said. “I didn’t change the game plan — I threw strikes and got it done.”

Caleb Upton, Peyton Jenkins and Colton Webb scored three runs for Cathedral in the top of the sixth. Hammons finished the game for the Green Wave.

Cathedral led game two 7-2 after two innings, but the Flashes wouldn’t go away quietly, scoring two runs on two errors in the top of the third. They followed it up with two more runs in the top of the fourth inning, cutting Cathedral’s lead to 7-6.

“We continue to struggle defensively,” Beesley said. “I don’t know if it’s physical as much as it is mental. We lose concentration, especially at crucial times.”

Cathedral extended its lead again in the bottom of the fifth when Jake Brown drew a bases-loaded walk. Later, Daniel Huffines hit a sacrifice fly that scored Blake Martin, and Barrett Young added a Green Wave run when the Flashes tried to throw out Brown at second on the same play.

Hammons started the game for Cathedral, and Upton came in to start the third for the Green Wave. He lasted until the seventh inning, getting one out but giving up a run and letting two more St. Al runners reach base.

Beesley promptly put in Tyler Morrison, who started game one for the Green Wave Tuesday, and Morrison struck out the final two batters of the inning.

“We weren’t going to bring (Morrison) in unless the tying run came to the plate,” Beesley said. “We’re also better defensively with Morrison in.”

Cathedral rose to 10-4 on the season, 3-1 in regional play.

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