Cathedral beats VHS

Published 12:18 am Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Vidalia’s Caleb Vines tags out Cathedral’s Tyler Morrison Tuesday afternoon at Chester-Willis field. Cathedral would go on to win the contest 12-4.

The Cathedral School baseball team was able to put a lot of balls in play Tuesday night against Vidalia High School, and the Vikings were unable to field many of them.

Ten Green Wave hits and eight Vidalia errors led to a 12-4 victory for Cathedral, at Chester-Willis Field.

“We were glad to come back after (our loss to Natchez High Sat.) and get a win,” Cathedral coach Craig Beesley said.

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Cathedral was led offensively by Austin Chauvin, who went 3-for-4 on the night with a double and an RBI. Blake Martin scored three times for the Green Wave and Daniel Huffines led the team with two RBIs.

Vidalia’s defense also helped contribute to Cathedral’s offensive success. The Vikings allowed seven unearned runs.

“Well that’s just kind of the story of the season,” Vidalia coach Tim Herndon said.

“If we pitch well and we don’t play good defense, if we play good defense we don’t hit, we always seem to be short on one element. Tonight we just didn’t play defense.”

Cathedral jumped on top in the second inning with two unearned runs. The Green Wave would add four in the third inning and two in the fourth, before Vidalia was able to get a run across.

The Vikings scored three in the top of the fifth to make the score 8-3, and give themselves a chance. But, Cathedral would answer with one run in the bottom of the inning and put the game away with three more in the sixth.

Caleb Vines led Vidalia’s offense. He was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs.

Collin Hammons got the win. He went 4-and-two-thirds innings, striking out five and allowing three runs on four hits and four walks.

“Hammons did well early in the game,” Beesley said.

“(But) he had some control issues in the middle innings.”

Unlike their counterparts, The Cathedral defense played well behind their starter. Cathedral would not commit an error in the contest.

“On defense we played pretty good, and managed to get through with no errors,” Beesley said.

Lane Strong started the game for Vidalia and took the loss, although much of the damage was caused by his defense.

Strong allowed six runs, just two earned, on four hits and one walk. He struck out two.

Cathedral improves to 11-5 with the victory and remains at 3-1 in the Region 7-A.

Vidalia drops to 5-12, 3-3 with a big district game against Jena coming up Thursday, Herndon said.

“A win (at Jena) would be huge because we could get a lot of points, it’s all about picking up points (in the district race),” Herndon said.

Cathedral is off until next Tuesday when they will play at region opponent West Lincoln.