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Bulldogs split pair

Eric J. Shelton | The Natchez Democrat — Natchez High School’s Trey Fleming gets thrown out on a close play at first. Hattiesburg High School’s Jamal Posey scooped up the low throw to get Fleming during their game Saturday night at Chester-Willis baseball field.

NATCHEZ — The Natchez High School baseball team had an up and down day Saturday.

The Bulldogs faced Port Gibson and Hattiesburg at Chester-Willis Field. They took game one with Port Gibson, 11-5. But, Hattiesburg had their way with the Bulldogs, and Natchez had to settle for a split.

Natchez used a nine-run second inning to storm ahead of Port Gibson, and they would hang on to win by six runs.

Trevon Chatman led the way at the plate, going 2-for-4 in the game. Derrian Johnson added a triple for Natchez.

The Natchez offense also got help from eight walks issued by Port Gibson pitching.

Trevonte Green got the win. He went five-and-one-third innings, allowing just two earned runs on three hits and five walks. Green struck out five batters.

Natchez did not play nearly as well in its second game against Hattiesburg.

The Tigers scored seven runs in the third and fourth innings to cruise to a 16-0, mercy rule victory.

Natchez only had two hits in the loss.

“We didn’t hit the ball well,” head coach Charlie Williams said.

“We have to go back to the drawing board on our hitting.”

After Hattiesburg jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the third, Williams saw a lack of execution and a lack of hustle from his team, he said.

“(It was) horrible. I feel like we didn’t have the effort after we got down. We didn’t stay focused,” Williams said.

The Bulldogs committed four errors in the loss and seven total errors on the day.

Three Natchez pitchers, Derrian Johnson, Quinton Logan and Chatman, combined to walk eight batters in game two. Johnson was the losing pitcher.

Hattiesburg starter Channing Darty was never threatened in the game. He struck out four Bulldogs and never faced more than four batters in an inning.

The two-game split puts the Bulldogs at 7-5 on the season. They are still 2-1 in 6A Region 6. Terry will visit Natchez Tuesday.


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