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Area teams battle for district positions

Eric J. Shelton | The Natchez Democrat — Cathedral's Tyler Morrison delivers a pitch during the Green Wave's game against Natchez High Saturday.

NATCHEZ — Cathedral lefty Tyler Morrison has moves his team will count on, Coach Craig Beesley says.

Because Morrison is the Green Wave’s only lefty starter, Beesley said Morrison’s pick-off move to first base is very effective.

“He has a good pick-off move, and is able to keep the runners close for us,” Beesley said. “Sometimes he waits too long to deliver the pitch to the plate, but he does have a good move to first. I believe he’s picked off three this year (so far).”

In Cathedral’s loss to NHS Saturday, Morrison got the start, going five innings and giving up seven runs. Not all of those runs were earned, however, as the Green Wave committed seven errors against the Bulldogs.

Morrison also got the start against St. Aloysius on the road last Tuesday, but the game was suspended until Thursday due to inclement weather. The game was resumed in Natchez, and the Green Wave eventually won 9-3.

Immediately following the completion of game one, Cathedral and St. Al played game two, with the Green Wave winning 10-7 to sweep their arch rival in the regular season. After starting the first game, Morrison came in and closed the second game, striking out St. Al’s last two batters in the seventh.

Cathedral hosts Franklin County High School tonight and Vidalia High School Tuesday night.

Natchez High

Natchez High baseball coach Charlie Williams has one game on his mind.

After the Bulldogs won three games Friday and Saturday, Williams is looking ahead to a key regional match-up against Terry High School this coming Friday night.

“Our one important game is against Terry,” Williams said. “We really need to play our best baseball. We have them at home, so that’s one good thing, plus, Javon (Washington’s) pitching.”

And that should make a big difference for NHS. In his last three starts, Washington has gotten a no-hitter and two one-hitters. One of those one-hitters was against Cathedral Saturday afternoon in a 9-1 win.

NHS also beat Wingfield 12-2 Friday and Forest Hill 9-3 Saturday before it played Cathedral. The Bulldogs will travel to Jim Hill Tuesday before their key match-up against Terry.

ACCS

Adams County Christian School has one more key district match-up against Central Private this week. The Rebels (14-6 overall) are 5-4 in MAIS District 5-AA, while Central Private is 7-2 in the district.

Centreville Academy, meanwhile, is 6-3 in District 5-AA. The Rebels lost to the Tigers 10-0 March 28, but earned a split against the Tigers at home Friday night in a doubleheader.

ACCS will host Central Private Tuesday then head to Central Private Friday for a doubleheader. With it being ACCS’ only district games left, Rebels coach Hunter McKeivier said his team would need a good outing against Central Private this week.

“We have to take at least two out of three from them,” McKeivier said. “This is the last week. We still have to pitch and play better defense, and when runners get on, we have to be able to get hits that will score runs.”

With such formidable foes in 5-AA, McKeivier said his team has played a very tough schedule up to this point.

“I think it’s the toughest district in MAIS by far,” he said.

“If anyone wants to argue, I’ll be happy to argue. Anytime you go up against teams like Central Private and Centreville Academy, you’re going up against top-notch teams.”

ERIC J. SHELTON | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Cathedral’s Tyler Morrison delivers a pitch during the Green Wave’s game against Natchez High Saturday afternoon at Chester-Willis Field in Natchez.

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