Monday Notebook, April 9

Published 12:01 am Monday, April 9, 2012

Trinity Episcopal Day School’s Jake Winston slides into second base as Amite School Center’s Ridge Thornton and Brandon Terrell collide during Saturday’s game at Huntington baseball field. Trinity defeated Amite, 12-2. (Lauren Wood \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — The Trinity Episcopal baseball team notched a huge district win over rival Adams County Christian School Friday night, but a quick turnaround has the two teams facing off yet again tonight with Trinity looking to double up on its win and ACCS trying to rebound.

Friday’s 1-0 win pushed the Saints to 2-1 in MAIS District 5-AA, but head coach Mitch Ashmore said the win would mean less if they can’t beat the Rebels again tonight.

“I don’t know how the district is right now, but we take it as a situation where we have to win the rest of them,” Ashmore said.

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ACCS, 3-2 in district, head coach Hunter McKeivier said his team also realizes the importance of tonight’s game.

“We have to win (today),” McKeivier said. “If we don’t, we talked about how that takes our fate out of our hands and puts fate in other teams’ hands to win a game here or there to help us.”

McKeivier said he thinks his team has what it takes to regroup after the tough loss Friday.

“We are going to rebound fine,” he said. “We have a lot of mentally strong seniors. I’m not worried. This is not going to be a distraction, and we’re not going to dwell on one game.”

Trinity and ACCS were locked in a 0-0 tie in the middle of the second inning April 3 when rain forced the teams to stop play. The game will resume where it left off at 7 tonight.

Natchez secures postseason berth

The Natchez High School baseball team crushed Forest Hill 15-5 Friday to secure itself a spot in the playoffs.

Natchez collected 14 hits in the win, which pushed its record to 4-7 on the season.

Natchez head coach Skip Golding said he has seen great improvement from his team this season.

“It’s really been a maturation (process),” Golding said. “We have six eighth graders, and there’s no way an eighth grader should be having to play, much less start in 6A baseball.”

Golding said the development of those young players has been key to the team’s improvement.

“I think the young kids are maturing, and they just need to get older, they need to get bigger, they need to get stronger and they need to get faster,” he said. “But I think it’s great for them to be able to go to different parks and see the caliber of competition it’s going to take to be successful.”

Golding said senior pitcher Dominique Salter has provided the young players with much-needed leadership.

“We only have one senior, and we’ve got everyone coming back but Dominique next year,” Golding said. “I think we’re making a lot of progress this year doing what we intended to do: have some discipline, teach them the game, teach them fundamentals and go out and play and become a team.”

Cathedral faces St. Aloysius twice this week

The Cathedral School (7-6, 3-1) baseball team is currently sitting atop MHSAA Region 7-1A, and the Green Wave has a key series coming up this week with rival St. Aloysius.

The Green Wave will travel to face St. Al Tuesday before coming home to play the Flashes Friday.