Concordia 9-year-olds cap tournament with a win

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 10, 2016

NATCHEZ — Concordia 9-year-old All-Stars coach Nikki Walsworth said her team was capable of bouncing back from the 18-8 loss they suffered Friday night.

Walsworth and her team proved that Saturday evening with a 21-6 rout of Vernon Central.

Every player in Concordia’s lineup either reached base or scored.

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“We ended the tournament on a positive note, and they did what I knew they were capable of doing,” Walsworth said.

Concordia jumped out to an early lead, scoring seven runs in the top of the first inning.

Vernon Central climbed back into the game with three runs in the bottom of the first inning to cut the deficit to four.

Concordia opened the floodgates in the top of the second inning, scoring nine to take a 16-3 lead. George Tucker lead off the inning with a double to spark the rally.

“Our bats seemed to come alive,” Walsworth said. “I don’t know what sparked, but it was good to see.”

Concordia displayed solid defense throughout the game. Catcher Will Wiley threw out a runner attempting to steal second to end the second inning. In the third inning, Tucker fielded a ball hit into the left-centerfield gap and threw the runner out at third to end the game.

Tate Walsworth pitched all three innings for Concordia, limiting Vernon Central to six runs.

Alexandria 10, Concordia 9

Alexandria rallied to score four runs in the fifth inning of Saturday morning’s game against Concordia to earn a 10-9 win.

The game began as a pitchers’ duel. Tyrin Singleton scored for Concordia in the first inning, but the host team was retired in order in the second and third innings.

Alexandria controlled a 4-1 lead after three innings, but Concordia’s lineup drove in five runs in the fourth inning, but Alexandira’s bats proved to outlast Concordia’s.

“I think we got the jitters out in the first game, even though it was a loss,” Walsworth said. “They played their hearts out, even in the first game.”