Yellow Jackets sting Green Wave in double header

Published 10:46 am Monday, March 29, 2021

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Bill Barksdale

Special to The Natchez Democrat

Baseball players are superstitious. In the dugout, the bench often repeats a routine that resulted in a hit or run at the last at-bat. Not even a new dugout “rally monster”, a cookie monster with chains, could help Cathedral against Oak Forest of Amite, Louisiana, last Friday.

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Cathedral (7-7) lost a double header to Oak Forest Academy (7-9). Oak Forest won the first game 9-5 and the second 8-7 at Chester Wills Field in Natchez.

In the first game, starting Cathedral pitcher Sam Mosby pitched 5 innings, striking out 9 with 102 pitches. A two run Cathedral lead in the sixth inning melted away as the Yellow Jacket bats came alive scoring five runs.

Sophomore Noah Russ struggled on the mound throwing 15 strikes out of 32 pitches in 1.1 innings yielding 6 earned runs. Senior Hollis Lees said they could not find a way out of the inning.

“We were leading the game through the fifth, but then came a bad throw after bad throw, error after error,” Lees said. “We weren’t focused and have to approach the next game completely locked in.”

Oak Forest head coach Jake Brumfield is in his first year as head coach of Oak Forest Academy and is a graduate of Adams County Christian. He attended Pearl River Community College and Delta State University.

His pitching strategy was crucial in the Yellow Jacket’s win. For example, Oak Forest sophomore Eli Woodard pitched a complete game throwing a total of 75 pitches, 73% of which were strikes.

“I was proud of him, he was pounding the zone, controlled the ball well and had multiple pitches that were working for him.” Brumfield said. “I tell all of my pitchers that I want the batter out of the box in four pitches no matter the outcome.”

Small ball helped the Yellow Jackets earn the win as they had seven stolen bases compared to Cathedral’s two stolen bases.

In the second game, the Green Wave battled from behind, but Cathedral’s five runs in the 7th inning were not enough to overcome the Yellow Jackets. Sophomore Tanner Wimberly was the team’s standout with three RBIs.