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Vidalia loses to Marksville 2-1

Marksville High School’s Jason Caubarreaux leaps over the tag from Vidalia High School’s Kyle Coley to score the winning run Monday night during Vikings’ 2-1 home loss to the Tigers. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)


VIDALIA — It was just that kind of a night for Vidalia High School Monday.

With one out and a runner on first and Devin Barnes up to bat in the bottom of the sixth, the Vikings had the chance to erase a 2-1 deficit with one swing of the bat. But district opponent Marksville High School had other ideas.

Barnes hit a line drive that looked to get baserunner Corey Williams at least to third base, but Tigers third baseman Austin Gagnard ranged to his right and caught the ball — and caught Williams off guard. With Williams already close to second base, Gagnard made an easy throw to third base for the 5-3 double play, ending the inning.

It was a microcosm of the Vikings’ night at the plate, as they managed just three hits off Marksville starter Trey McNeal. Vidalia head coach Kale Davis didn’t have much to say about his team’s offense following the 2-1 loss.

“It’s a hard one to swallow,” Davis said. “We missed out on opportunities.”

McNeal pitched all seven innings, limiting the Vikings to one run, walking four batters and striking out four to get the win.

Williams took the loss for the Vikings, but aside from a rough fourth inning, did just as well as McNeal. He went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

“He did a great job on the mound,” Davis said of Williams. “I couldn’t ask for more out of him, we just didn’t give him any support. We’re not disciplined. At this point in the season, we’re starting district, and we’re not disciplined.”

Roper Craft scored the only Viking run in the bottom of the second on a balk by McNeal.

Marksville got on the board in the top of the fourth after Williams hit two batters and another one reached on a fielding error. Williams issued a bases-loaded walk to Cameron Butler to tie the game 1-1. Marksville went ahead for good in the top of the fifth when Jason Caubarreaux scored on a sacrifice fly to right field.

No one for Vidalia had more than one hit. Jamale Davis had the only extra-base hit of the game, a double.

Vidalia fell to 10-7 on the season, 0-1 in district play.