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Logan strikes out 14 for Cathedral in no-hitter

Cathedral High School’s Quinton Logan pitches the ball against Pelahatchie High School Tuesday. Logan threw a five inning no-hitter and struck out 14 batters in Cathedral’s 13-0 victory. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Cathedral High School’s Quinton Logan pitches the ball against Pelahatchie High School Tuesday. Logan threw a five inning no-hitter and struck out 14 batters in Cathedral’s 13-0 victory. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — The Cathedral Green Wave baseball team began district play in a big way, getting a 13-0 statement win against the Pelahatchie Chiefs Tuesday afternoon, but it was pitcher Quinton Logan’s performance that stole the show.

The lefty struck out 14 of the 15 batters he faced in the five inning contest, and the one time the Chiefs were able to put the ball in play, Logan fielded it and made a simple throw to first base for the out.

“That is two back to back good performances from him,” said Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley of Logan. “He was throwing a lot of strikes and filling the zone up, which is what we’ve been talking about as coaches, and getting ahead in the count.”

Despite not having to do much in the field, Cathedral players were taking care of business at the plate, pounding out nine hits in the win.

“Top to bottom, I feel good about our lineup right now,” Beesley said. “There were times this year that I was worried about our hitting, but the last two games, we’ve hit the ball really well one through nine and hopefully we can keep that going.”

Cathedral jumped on Pelahatchie quick, posting four runs in the first inning. Andrew Beesley had a leadoff double and Craig Bradley followed him up with an RBI-single.

Another Green Wave run crossed the plate on Pelahatchie’s first error of the game. The Chiefs finished with six.

Brock Farmer got in on the action later in the inning, knocking in a run on a fielder’s choice and Reed White added an RBI-single to push the lead to 4-0.

The Wave continued to roll in the third, putting up five more runs.

Pate Shirley recorded an RBI-single, and four runs scored off of more Chiefs errors.

Cathedral capped the scoring in the fourth with four more runs, powered by another RBI-single from Shirley, a sacrifice fly by Farmer and a wild pitch that allowed a run to score.

But the whole time, the Wave never had to worry, because Logan wasn’t faltering at all on the mound.

“I was just taking my time and slowing down my motion and mechanics,” Logan said. “My fastball and curveball, everything was on today.”

With a team made up of mostly juniors and just one senior, Beesley said he was a bit nervous opening district play, but was proud of the way his team performed.

“You never know how they are going to react when you go out there for district,” he said. “But these kids have a lot of experience behind them and they showed up and played well today.”

Cathedral will take the field again Friday when they travel to face Pelahatchie again.