Prep baseball round up: Green Wave falls to Eagles
Published 12:01 am Wednesday, April 17, 2019
VICKSBURG — The Cathedral High School Green Wave was looking to finish the 2019 season with a win over Porter’s Chapel Academy and a .500 overall record. Yet neither of those would take place.
Cole McClure and Spencer Azlin combined on a three-hitter to offset 10 total walks as the Eagles used a big third inning to pull away for a 10-1 win over the Green Wave Tuesday afternoon.
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McClure was the winning pitcher as he allowed one earned run on two hits. He walked seven batters and struck out none in three and two-thirds innings. Azlip had a little better command of his pitches over three and one-third innings as he allowed just one hit, struck out three and walked three.
Porter’s Chapel led 1-0 after two innings of play before scoring five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 6-1 lead. Cathedral scored its only run of the game in the top of the fourth inning as Trey Gill walked and scored on a Conner Murray double. Murray went 2-for-3 at the plate. Ben White had the other base hit for the Green Wave.
The Eagles responded with two runs each in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to stretch their lead to nine runs. They were led by Cole Pittman, who went 4-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and one run scored. Luke Yocum was 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored while Michael Andrews was 2-for-4 with a double.
Ben Foster took the loss after allowing five runs, four of them earned, on six hits with one strikeout and one walk in two innings. Sam Mosby came on in relief of Foster and gave up five runs, four of them earned, on five hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Murray pitched one and two-thirds innings, allowed one hit and struck out four batters.
Cathedral finished the season with an overall record of 10-12.
Glenmora 15, Monterey 2 (6 innings)
MONTEREY — After a pair of decisive wins over Forest High School on Monday afternoon, the Monterey High School Wolves were looking to continue their momentum when they took on the Glenmora High School Wildcats Tuesday afternoon.
Unfortunately, that would not be the case as Glenmora, one of the top teams in the recent LHSAA Class B power ratings, cruised to a 15-2 win over Monterey in six innings to keep the Wolves winless in District 5-B.
The Wolves, who ended up hosting Glenmora because of a schedule change, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second before the Wildcats took the lead for good with a five-run rally in the top of the third inning.
Glenmora added two runs in the top of the fourth inning and ended up run-ruling Monterey by plating eight runs in the top of the sixth inning. The Wolves were held to four base hits — a single each by Taylor Farris, Ethan Heard, Connor Boyd, and losing pitcher Jacob Spikins.
Monterey (8-9, 0-4) plays at Glenmora on Thursday at 4 p.m. – weather permitting. On Monday, the Wolves defeated the Forest Bulldogs 12-2 and 14-5.
Brookhaven 12, Natchez High 0 (6 innings; Monday)
NATCHEZ — Brookhaven High School freshman pitcher Maney Miller threw a two-hitter and struck out eight batters as the Panthers cruised to a 12-0 win over the Natchez High School Bulldogs Monday afternoon at Chester Willis Field in an MHSAA Region 6-5A game.
This game had no playoff significance with Brookhaven having already won the Region 6-5A title while Natchez High finished in second place. But the Bulldogs were playing for pride and hoping that they would at least have a closer outcome than their two previous meetings, in which the Panthers easily won both of them.
Brookhaven, on the other hand, was trying to finish its regular season with an undefeated record in region play. And Miller’s performance on the mound was one reason why that happened. Lionell Minor and JaKel Barnes were the only two players for Natchez High to get a base hit against him.
The Panthers scored two runs in the top of the second inning and opened the game up with seven runs in the top of the third inning. They added three runs in the top of the sixth inning to go up 12-0 and Miller did the rest.
Miller helped his own cause with a double, three runs batted in, and two runs scored. Gatson Walker went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored.
Devin Winchester was charged with the loss after giving up nine runs, four of them earned, on four hits, five walks, and one hit batter while striking out just two batters.
Paul Hargrave came on in relief and gave up three earned runs on one hit and four walks, with three strikeouts over two innings. Trylon Minor pitched the final two-thirds of an inning.
Natchez High (9-5, 6-3) plays host to Region 8-5A No. 3 seed Stone County High School Friday at 6 p.m. at Chester Willis Field in Game 1 of the first round of the MHSAA Class 5A South State Playoffs. It will also be Natchez High’s Senior Night.