The Natchez Cathedral Green Wave has ridden the tide to a birth in the State 1A Baseball Semifinals. With two game sweeps in the regionals over McAdams and Resurrection (Pascagoula), the Green Wave faced Sacred Heart (Hattiesburg) in the regional finals. This series went to a third game after each school claimed a victory.
Cathedral and the Stringer Red Devils were scheduled to play a best of three series May 12 – 16. The winner of this series faces the winner of the Ingomar – Smithville three game series. If the Green Wave gets passed Stringer, they will begin State Championship play May 19 at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
Both Greenville St. Joseph and Vicksburg St. Aloysius made it to the second round of the regional play but lost in close match ups. Madison St. Joseph made it to regional finals in Division 2A, but lost a close three game series to Taylorsville.
FAST PITCH SOFTBALL
In Division 1A fast-pitch softball, Cathedral Green Wave ladies made it to the state semi-finals, sweeping Noxapater and Sebastapol in those two best of three series. Knocked out by Nanih Waiya, who also defeated St. Aloysius (14-9-1) in the regional finals, the Green Wave finished the season at 16-13.
Vicksburg St. Aloysius Girls captured their third consecutive state 1A championship with a combined score of 333 over two rounds. Their margin of victory was 56 strokes as Our Lady Academy on the Coast came in at 389. Team members include: Beth Newman, Elizabeth Keen, Katie Martin, Anna Fletcher, and Laura Phillips. Fletcher Phillips and Newman finished in the top 10.
Cathedral Green Wave golfers finished fourth in the state tournament held in Saltillo at Big Oaks Golf Club.
St. Aloysius boys finished second in the state behind Sacred Heart of Hattiesburg. Channing Curtis and Gabe Riveros finished in the top 10 with Curtis placing second overall shooting a combined two round score of 145 just one shot back of Sacred Heart’s Hunter Hammett’s 144.
As of press time, the state tennis championship individual matches were underway. Greenville St. Joseph Fightin’ Irish had claimed the 1A state team title. More results will follow in the next issue of Mississippi Catholic on tennis and baseball.