White joins former teammates for CHS inter-squad game

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Former Cathedral High School pitcher Dylan White warms up to pitch in an inter-squad game for Cathedral Monday at Chester Willis Field. (Michael Kerekes \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Dylan White might have been looking for a little payback when Cathedral High School pitcher Thomas Garrity struck him out.

Even though he’s out of eligibility at the high school level, that didn’t stop White from lending his services during an inter-squad game Monday night at Chester Willis Field.

And when White was on the mound and Garrity stepped to the plate, White attacked the strike zone, eventually getting Garrity to pop up.

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“I was just trying to throw strikes and let him hit,” White said, not admitting to any desire for payback after Garrity struck him out earlier. “I guess I just want them to get used to upper class pitching.”

The scene was nostalgic for Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley, for whom White played until White graduated in 2010. White and the Green Wave made it to the South State title game that year before falling to eventual state champion St. Aloysius High School.

“It was good to see him back out there,” Beesley said. “We got onto a good roll that year. We were 21-0 heading into the playoffs before White hurt himself.”

The injury, a fractured skull by his orbital bone and bleeding on the brain by his left eye, was sustained in the Green Wave’s final regular-season game in 2010. But the Green Wave kept winning, and White was eventually cleared to play during the South State title series.

But it wasn’t until Game 3 against St. Al that White was able to make it onto the mound, and the Flashes eventually won 6-2.

“I always think about what could have happened if he had started Game 1 of South State,” Beesley reminisced. “He’s a tremendous competitor.”

White still plays intramural baseball at LSU and church league softball in the summer in Natchez. Going from softball to baseball Monday was a bit of an adjustment, White said.

“I was pretty rusty coming to bat, going from seeing a softball to seeing a baseball,” White admitted.

Playing with some of his former teammates — as well as his younger brother, Reed White — was a fun experience, White said.

“It’s amazing, seeing him grow up so fast,” White said of his brother. “They have a bright future here at Cathedral.”

The inter-squad game wrapped up several weeks of offseason games for the Green Wave baseball players. Cathedral played an exhibition against Franklin County and also traveled to two tournaments. Beesley said he was happy to see his younger players get time in.

“We wanted to get the younger kids some at-bats this summer,” Beesley said. “I feel confident about our pitching and defense, but we have to be able to score some runs.”

The Green Wave didn’t keep score during the inter-squad game, and Beesley said it was more for tuneup purposes than anything else.

“We always try to play into the first weekend in June,” he said. “After that, football really starts to kick into gear, and a lot of these kids play football.”

The next time he has his players together, Beesley said they’ll be gearing up for the 2013 season.

“Until we have tryouts, this is it.” Beesley said. “Some of them play travel ball, so they’ll still be doing that.”