Bulldogs finish district play undefeated

Published 11:48 am Thursday, April 15, 2021

Natchez finished their district season undefeated with a grand finale firework display beating Jim Hill 22-3. Jwun Mackey and Trylon Minor had five RBIs each in the Bulldogs win.

The Bulldogs had no trouble scoring any runners on base like they have the last few games, head coach Dan Smith said. He thinks they may have left just one or two runners on base in the game. Natchez batting with runners in scoring position improved from how the Bulldogs did against Cathedral, he said.

“I think it is more about relaxing and not putting pressure on yourself,” Smith said. “When the basses are loaded, your initial reaction is you want to do something. If you compose yourself, concentrate, relax and stay locked in as opposed to putting pressure on yourself (you will have better results).”

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The Bulldogs went undefeated in district play, scoring 88 runs in six games. After Smith said he lost seniors LJ Minor and Zehlin Cornett to injury early in the season, he said his younger players Cam Craft, Jwun Mackey, Jaylin Davis, Koren Harris and Jaylin Neal have stepped up for him.

He was not expecting to give those younger players much varsity time, he said. Looking ahead, he said the future looks bright because he was able to play those players.

Natchez is playing Franklin County at home Thursday night if weather permits and has games against Bogue Chitto, Crystal Springs, and Warren Central to close out the regular season.

He said because the Bulldogs won district, they will have a bye for the first round. The Bulldogs are not going to play for a week and a half once the playoffs start. He said he would take district champions any day, but not playing an opponent for a week once the playoffs start will be hard.

“We will have to do a lot of intrasquad scrimmaging or something,” Smith said. “That is a big break. Me and coach (Campbell) were brainstorming on the bus on the way back (from Jim Hill) about how we want to attack that.”