Jordan, Ingram lead Green Wave past cross-town rival Rebels in MAIS District 4-5A action

Published 1:00 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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NATCHEZ — Despite the threat of severe thunderstorms and heavy rain, as well as a tornado watch, last Monday afternoon, Adams County Christian School still played host to MAIS District 4-5A and cross-town rival Cathedral High School that night.

And while Cathedral head coach Andrew Beesley said that he was surprised that the game was not postponed until another day, the Green Wave did not let the rain and strong wind affect their game plan as they cruised to a 12-2 win over the ACCS Rebels.

“I thought we played a pretty solid game. We dealt with the weather and the wind up to 30 miles per hour,” Beesley said. “It was raining off and on. I thought we took care of that well and took care of the baseball.”

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Led by Josh Ingram and Drake Cox, the Green Wave scored three runs in the top of the first inning and one run in the top of the second to take a 4-0 lead. The Rebels scored one run each off winning pitcher Owen Jordan in the bottom of the second and third innings to make it a 4-2 game.

However, Cathedral squashed ACCS’s attempted comeback with one run in the top of the fourth inning, five runs in the top of the fifth that put the game away, and one run each in the top of the sixth and seventh innings.

“We jumped on them at the plate and got some good at-bats at the plate. We jumped on them early and never looked back,” Beesley said.

Jordan went all seven innings and held the Rebels to just two runs, only one of them earned, on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks. 

“We talked to him before the game about the wind blowing and discussed with him throwing a lot of strikes and putting the ball in play,” Beesley said. “He didn’t have as many strikeouts, but we talked about his approach and letting his defense work behind him. I thought he did a good job of that.”

Ingram led the Green Wave’s nine-hit tack by going 4-for-4 with a double while Cox had a double.

As for Ingram’s performance at the plate, Beesley said, “He had a really good game for us. He said before the game that he was seeing the ball well in practice. He had some big hits for us.”

Tyson Young was the one bright spot for ACCS at the plate as he went 2-for-4. All five of the Rebels’ base hits went for singles.

Efforts to each Rebels head coach Jake Winston for comments on the game were unsuccessful.

Cathedral (12-3, 3-1) played host to ACCS (2-11, 1-3) for a District 4-5A varsity doubleheader on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Chester Willis Field.