Natchez beats Provine 19-5

Published 1:29 am Friday, March 15, 2019

JACKSON — A pair of sophomore pitchers had impressive outings for Natchez High School as the Bulldogs defeated Provine High School and Murrah High School in a doubleheader Thursday at Smith-Wills Stadium.

In the first game, right-hander Zehalin Cornett allowed four earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks and helped his own cause by going 2-for-2 with three runs batted in to lead Natchez High to a 19-5 win over the Provine Rams in three and a half innings Thursday morning.

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The Bulldogs were only up 3-1 on the Rams after two innings of play before exploding for 12 runs in the top of the third inning for a 15-1 advantage. The Rams tried to fight back and they scored four runs in the bottom of the third.

But Natchez High responded by plating four runs in the top of the fourth before the game was called. Paul Hargrave went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. As a team, the Bulldogs had nine hits and took advantage of 11 total walks issued by Provine pitching.

The second game belonged to left-hander Devin Winchester, who threw a no-hitter and struck out eight batters as Natchez High took care of the Murrah Mustangs 13-1 in four innings.

Winchester walked two and hit two batters over four innings of work. The only run Murrah scored off him came in the bottom of the second inning. And that was after the Bulldogs had struck for three runs in the top of the first inning and one run in the top of the second.

On the other hand, Murrah starting pitcher Braylon Gamble had a rough go of it on the mound. He allowed just four hits, but that’s because he also walked 10 batters, hit four batters, and struck out just three in his four innings.

The Bulldogs put the game away with three runs in the top of the third inning and six runs in the top of the fourth. Lionell Minor was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored while Hargrave and Dekaron McGruder each were 1-for-2 with two RBIs. McGruder scored two runs while Hargrave had a double and scored one run.

Natchez High (3-3) plays host to Hazlehurst High School on Monday, March 18 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a varsity doubleheader.


4The Miss-Lou Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame will meet Monday, Sept. 26, at noon at the Natchez Coffee Company, 509 Franklin St. All members and anyone who would like to be a member are urged to attend.

4Miss-Lou Youth Soccer fall registration is now open at Hometown Sports in Vidalia. The league is for ages 3 to 15, registration fee is $70 and includes a jersey, league insurance, team photos and a trophy or medal. Leagues are determined by your age on Aug. 1 including 4U, 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 15U divisions. Teams will be selected in August and league play will begin the second week in September running through the first day of November. For questions, call Mike Bowlin at 601-431-9783.

4Miss-Lou Youth Football and Cheerleading registration is now open at Hometown Sports in Vidalia. Flag football is for ages 5 to 7 and the cost is $70. Tackle football is for ages 8 to 12 and registration is $80. Fees include helmet, shoulder pads (to be turned in at the end of the season,) jersey, league insurance, team photos and a trophy for both football leagues. Cheerleading is for ages 3 to 12, registration is $70 and includes uniform, pom-poms, league insurance and a player and team photo. There will be a main registration day on Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Concordia Recreational Complex. Players are urged to attend for fitting and handing out of equipment. Tryouts for all football players will be on Aug. 25 and the complex. For questions, call Mike Bowlin at 601-431-9783.

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