NATCHEZ — Natchez High School’s junior and varsity baseball teams were scheduled to play three games over a four-day span beginning last Saturday at Port Gibson High School. Unfortunately, recent bouts of severe weather that have hit much of central and southwestern Mississippi have brought that to a screeching halt.
And not only were players from the JV and the Bulldogs’ college teams disappointed to see those end-of-season games canceled, so was head coach Dan Smith.
Even though Natchez High finished fourth in the MHSAA 5-5A region and will not make the playoffs, they wanted to finish the season strong against Port Gibson, Franklin County High School and Raymond High School.
However, these plans were thwarted. The Bulldogs were scheduled to play Class 4A Port Gibson for a JV game at 11 a.m. and a varsity game at 1 p.m. Saturday. But Mother Nature had other ideas.
“It rained there Friday night and most of Saturday,” Smith said. “So those games have been cancelled.”
And if that wasn’t enough, Natchez High was scheduled to host longtime rival Franklin County for a JV and varsity tilt late Monday afternoon, then host Raymond for a JV and varsity game that was supposed to be the Senior Night game of the Bulldogs on Tuesday. Yet, those games were canceled as well.
Smith said he found out last Friday that those games had been canceled through a text message from sporting director Alphaka Moore.
“They were a little upset. But I told them that with the weather, you couldn’t have any control. There’s nothing you can do about it,” Smith said.
However, there may be a silver lining when it comes to a potential Senior Night opponent for Natchez High.
“Franklin County had a catch-up game (Region 7-3A). Raymond had to cancel because they needed to catch up (Region 6-4A game),” Smith said. “We are expecting Vicksburg (high school) to call back today (Monday) to play Tuesday for an official senior night game. We want to officially fire our elders.
And this glimmer of hope became reality late Monday morning. Natchez High to host Vicksburg with JV game at 5 p.m. and varsity game at 7 p.m.
“I’m glad we’re having a senior night for our seniors,” Smith said.