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Vikings conquer Sicily Island

Vidalia High School’s Gary Rehms slides back to first after attempting a steal as Sicily Island High School’s Scott Chalim looks to make a catch during Thursday’s game at Vidalia baseball field. (Lauren Wood \ The Natchez Democrat)

VIDALIA — Vidalia High School had little trouble handling Sicily Island High School Thursday afternoon as the Vikings got one more game in before tonight and Saturday’s tournament at the Vidalia baseball field.

The Vikings topped Sicily Island 18-1, and Vidalia head coach Kale Davis said he was happy his team was able to play so many young players to get them some valuable in-game experience.

“We got to see two of our young pitchers, one a freshman in Alan Doyle who did a good job through four innings,” Davis said. “It just gives us something to build on. We’re trying to build toward the future.”

Vidalia starter Dakota Townsend pitched just one inning for the Vikings before Davis put Doyle in to get some innings. Townsend got the win, striking out two Tiger batters in the top of the first.

In the bottom of the first, Vidalia tagged Sicily Island starter Lamaris Smith for nine runs, with the Vikings going through the lineup once before Davis started inserting his backups.

After scoring nine runs in the first inning, Vidalia added nine more runs in the second inning to take an 18-0 lead. The Tigers finally got on the board when Kendric Cain scored on a fielder’s choice.

Doyle pitched four innings of relief, giving up four hits and one walk and striking out 10 Tiger batters. The game was called after the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Garrett Rehms and Kyle Coley were both 2-for-3 for Vidalia. Tyler Sandifer finished 2-for-2, and Sandifer and Coley both had doubles. Starter Lane Strong hit a two-RBI triple in his only at-bat of the game.

Vidalia will host West Feliciana High School at 6 tonight in the first game of the Vidalia High School Tournament.