Bulldog beat district foe Patriots 14-1 Tuesday
BY TIM GUERCIO
THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT
NATCHEZ — The Natchez High Bulldogs got past The Forest Hill Patriots 14-1 Tuesday afternoon in a district game at Chester Willis Field.
Natchez High has a much tougher game to play here again in Natchez on Friday, however, when Brookhaven another district opponent comes to town.
“Brookhaven comes in Friday, they beat us 2 out of 3 already, then the playoffs start next week for state,” said Bulldogs head coach Dan Smith.
The Bulldogs wasted no time in the game and jumped on the Patriots pitching in the first inning.
They sent 12 batters to the plate and were able to manufacture seven runs.
The Bulldogs took advantage in the inning by putting men on base with walks, from there they were able to steal second base every time and third base many times, too.
The second inning was also profitable, Kelvin Jones doubled and with a few errors in the field, committed by Forest Hill, Natchez High was able to score four more runs to make the score 11-1 after two innings.
Forest Hill won’t make the playoffs this year. With only 13 players on the squad and players who are playing baseball for the first time, they are just starting out.
“Some of the seniors are in their first year of baseball, Coach Avery Mason said, we haven’t won a district game all year.”
Starting pitcher for the Natchez High Bulldogs was sophomore Zehalin Cornet, who struck out six Patriot batters. He struck out the side in the third inning. Three up three down. Travon Henry came in to pitch for Natchez High in the fourth inning.
L.J. Minor had a triple, Jones had a double and Cornet had three singles to lead the Bulldogs in hitting for the game. The game ended after 4 innings with the score 14-1.
Zehalin Cornet gets the win, while B. Coleman takes the loss for Forest Hill.