Prep roundup: Natchez bats hot in pair of victories, Delta Charter, Vidalia earn wins
Published 12:04 am Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The Natchez High School Bulldogs needed a mere six innings total to take care of the Forest Hill High School Patriots Tuesday afternoon in an MHSAA Region 6-5A varsity doubleheader.
In game one, Natchez High scored 19 runs in the bottom of the second inning in a 23-2 win over Forest Hill. Tra Davis was the winning pitcher after going two innings of no-hit ball with six strikeouts and no walks. Jacorian Sewell allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits with two strikeouts.
The Bulldogs had just nine hits, but that was because Patriots pitchers Tavis Smith, Joshua Rainey and Brock Coleman walked a combined 19 batters. Jatavis Melton went 2-for-2 with four runs batted in and four runs scored.
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Game two was more of the same as Jakel Barnes pitched a no-hitter and struck out eight batters as the Bulldogs defeated the Patriots 15-0. Just like the first game, the second one also went three innings.
Natchez High scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, six runs in the bottom of the second and five runs in the bottom of the third. Travon Henry went 3-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. Melton continued his torrid play at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. Barnes helped his cause by going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Natchez High (9-4, 2-0) travels to Jackson to take on Forest Hill at 6 p.m. Friday.
Delta Charter 10, Sicily Island 0 (5 innings)
FERRIDAY — Drake Smith pitched a no-hitter and struck out 11 batters as the Delta Charter School Storm needed just five innings to defeat the Sicily Island High School Tigers 10-0 Tuesday afternoon in an LHSAA District 2-1A game.
Delta Charter (5-8, 1-0) scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and then pulled away with five runs in the bottom of the second. That was more than enough run support for Smith, who walked just one batter in his five innings on the mound.
The Storm was led at the plate by Trey Poole, who went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and one run batted in, and Cole McGivaren, who was 2-for-2 with one RBI. Freddie Mango belted a triple and Trenton Miller smacked a double.
The two teams will face off again at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Sicily Island High School.
Vidalia 8, Delhi Charter 6
DELHI, La. — The Vidalia High School Vikings jumped out to a big lead and then had to hold on for an 8-6 win over the Delhi Charter School Gators Tuesday afternoon in an LHSAA District 2-2A game.
Vidalia led just 1-0 after three innings of play before scoring three runs in the top of the fourth inning and two more in the top of the fifth to take a 6-0 lead. But a myriad of errors allowed Delhi Charter to get right back in the game as the Gators scored four runs to make it a 6-4 game.
However, the Vikings responded with two key runs in the top of the sixth to go ahead 8-4. Nick Melton, who picked up the save, held the Gators to single runs each in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings. Melton allowed no earned runs and just two hits with one strikeout and two walks over two and one-third innings.
Peyton Fort got the win after allowing four runs, none of them earned, on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks in four and two-thirds innings.
Both pitchers helped their own cause at the plate. Fort went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Melton was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Vidalia (9-8, 1-0) plays host to Delhi Charter at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Silliman Institute 7, ACCS 4 (Game 1)
Silliman Institute 6, ACCS 5 (Game 2)
CLINTON, La. — The Silliman Institute Wildcats opened up MAIS District 5-AAA play with a varsity doubleheader sweep of the Adams County Christian School Rebels Tuesday afternoon.
Silliman won the first game 7-4 thanks to the bat of Myles Simmons, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. The Wildcats were aided by eight ACCS errors.
Josh Day went three-plus innings and gave up six runs, only one of them earned, on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
Bryce Guidry got the win after holding the Rebels to just one run on five hits and three walks.
The Wildcats scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh game to take the second game 6-5. The game was tied at 3-3 after three innings of play before ACCS scored one run in the top of the fourth inning and another run in the top of the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.
But Silliman would rally for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie game at 5-5 before winning the game an inning later. Reed Rushing went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Day led the Rebels at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.