Prep baseball roundup: Natchez High wins big
NATCHEZ — Dekaron McGruder drove in five runs and scored three runs for Natchez High School as the Bulldogs used a big first inning to take care of the McComb High School Tigers 20-3 in three innings Thursday night at Chester Willis Field.
McGruder went 2-for-3 with a triple for Natchez High. The Bulldogs had just six hits in the game, but took advantage of 12 walks issued by McComb pitcher Wayne Nobles as well as three errors committed by the Tigers.
That was especially true in the bottom of the first inning, when the Bulldogs scored 15 runs.
That gave winning pitcher Travon Henry more than enough run support. Henry went one and two-thirds innings and struck out one batter.
Devin Winchester came on in relief and struck out two batters in one and one third-innings.
McComb scored three runs in the top of the second inning. Natchez High answered with five runs of its own in the bottom of the second.
The Tigers failed to score in the top of third inning and the game was called due to the mercy rule in which one team leads another by at least 15 runs after three innings.
Lionell Minor was walked twice, three runs batted in and scored three runs. Zehalin Cornett had a double, three RBIs and scored twice.
Trylon Minor was walked three runs and scored two runs. Kelvin Jones was issued two walks, had one RBI and scored three runs. Henry was walked twice, had two RBIs and scored three runs.
Natchez High (4-2) traveled to Mize for two games on Saturday at the Mize Baseball Leap Year Round Tournament. The first game played at 11 a.m. against host Mize Attendance Center. The second game played at 1:30 p.m. against Seminary High School.
Natchez High travels on March 3 to Chester Willis Field against Cathedral High School.
Porter’s Chapel Academy 4, ACCS 3 (Thurs.)
VICKSBURG — Despite having just two base hits, Porter’s Chapel Academy took advantage of a couple of defensive miscues by Adams County Christian School in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Eagles rallied for a 4-3 win over the Rebels Thursday night at the Vicksburg Sports Force Complex.
Porter’s Chapel took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning before ACCS responded with a three-run rally in the top of the second inning. Dylan LaPrairie went the first three innings for the Rebels and allowed one run on one hit with one walk.
Rhett McDonald came on in relief of LaPrairie. McDonald pitched one inning but could not hold the lead. He gave up three runs on just one hit and two walks.
The Rebels also committed two errors that helped the Eagles in their three-run rally for a 4-3 lead.
Cody Brown and Tripp Cotten each pitched an inning of relief and neither of them allowed a base hit or a walk.
Eagles’ winning pitcher Spencer Azlin kept ACCS off the scoreboard the rest of the game.
Jack Whitehead went 2-for-4 with one run scored and McDonald had a triple to lead the Rebels at the plate.
ACCS (1-1) plays host to Delta Charter School on March 2 for a varsity doubleheader at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.