T.M. Jennings teams suffer losses Fri.

Published 12:01 am Saturday, July 23, 2011

D’IBERVILLE — Both of Natchez’s T.M. Jennings All-Star teams had to wait an hour and a half to start Game 1 of their respective best-of-three state tournament series Friday night because of inclement weather.

But they would rather just start all over again today. The Natchez 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars couldn’t get anything going offensively and allowed Ocean Springs to hit four home runs in a 12-2 defeat.

“They were hitting and we weren’t,” Natchez 11-12 coach Deselle Davis said. “They were doing a lot of hitting. We only had like one or two errors. We had no offense at all. But it’s going to be a different game (Saturday) morning. That’s for sure.”

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Garrett Crochet picked up the win on the mound for Ocean Springs. Tavarez Letcher suffered the loss as he allowed nine runs in three innings.

The only bright spot for the Natchez T.M. Jennings 11s and 12s in Game 1 was Kevontaye Caston, who went 2-for-4 with two doubles.

The results weren’t any better for the Natchez 9-and 10-year-olds versus Biloxi.

Biloxi opened up what had been a close game through the first three innings and ended up with an 11-1 win to take a 1-0 series lead.

“My kids played hard. The score was 4-1 through three innings,” Natchez 9s and 10s’ coach Osmon Perkins said. “My pitcher reached his pitch count. We brought in a reliever, and they jumped on us. We made a few errors. We hit the ball well. Even though the final score was 11-1, it was a very close game until the end.”

Jakarius Caston was charged with the loss. But he tried to help his own cause at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a double.

Game 2 of both state tournament series takes place at 10 a.m. today.