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Area teams battle for postseason

ERIC J. SHELTON | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Natchez High’s Alfred Banks attempts to tag Terry’s Zach Savell during their game Friday night at the Chester Willis Field in Natchez.

NATCHEZ — As the high school baseball postseason draws near, some local teams are fighting for top position in their divisions while others are just fighting to try to stay alive in the race.

Natchez High had a huge game Friday night at home against Terry that would have put them in position to win Division 6-6A, but Terry’s offense was too much for the Bulldogs and Natchez fell 15-4.

“We came out for this game, and really wanted it, but we just lost it,” coach Charlie Williams said.

Natchez was able to win a division game against Jim Hill last week and also lost a non-division game to Lanier. Their record is now 12-7, 5-2.

Natchez will more than likely have to settle for second place in the division, Williams said.

Trinity

Trinity Episcopal is in the best shape of the local teams in the playoff chase.

The Saints are 4-0 in District 6-A after sweeping Tallulah Tuesday.

Trinity has clinched the regular season title and earned a bye in the district tournament.

The Saints will play the winner of Tensas and Tallulah for the district tournament championship.

The Saints (15-2, 4-0) host Centreville on Tuesday.

Cathedral

Cathedral’s big week in district play is this week, after going 1-0 with a win over Vidalia last week, head coach Craig Beesley said.

If the Green Wave can sweep two games with West Lincoln this week they will win District 7-1A, if they split they could possibly be a two or three seed, Beesley said.

Cathedral is currently in third place at 3-1 in the district.

The games against West Lincoln will be Tuesday on the road and Friday at home.

Vidalia High School

Vidalia is on the outside, looking in at the playoffs right now, with just four games remaining.

The Vikings are currently in 41st and only the top 32 teams make the playoffs, head coach Tim Herndon said.

A problem for Vidalia is that their remaining schedule does not allow them to gain very many points in the playoff chase, Herndon said.

“The only team we really play to get points from is Bunkie and that’s the last game of the year,” Herndon said. “Winning the others would be great but we’re not going to get a lot of points toward the playoffs.”

The Vikings (5-14, 3-5) had a huge opportunity to get some points last week but fell to Jena and Buckeye. The Vikings also dropped a game to Cathedral.

ACCS

Adams County Christian School was eliminated from the playoff hunt last week, coach Hunter McKeivier said.

The Rebels lost three District 5-AA games last week, all to Central Private, that they needed to win to make it to the playoffs.

“Our defense let us down, we have got to improve our defense,” McKeivier said. “We committed more errors this past week than we have in the majority of the season combined.”

ACCS (14-9, 5-7) will travel to Hillcrest Christian today.

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