Baseball roundups: Vidalia finally gets big hit

Published 12:08am Wednesday, April 11, 2012

VIDALIA — For much of the season, the Vidalia Vikings have had a hard time getting the key hit at big moments in the ball game. But on Tuesday afternoon, Jamale Davis came through for the team.

Vidalia went into the bottom of the third inning trailing Jena 6-4 before going on a four-run rally, which was highlighted by Davis’ bases-clearing triple. That gave the Vikings the lead for good at 8-6, and they went on to defeat the Giants 12-7 in a key LHSAA District 3-3A game.

With the win, Vidalia improved to 12-10 overall and 2-4 in district play.

“We’re still in this thing,” Vidalia head coach Kale Davis said. “(Monday) night Avoyelles beat Buckeye and Jena beat Marksville. The district is still wide open because everybody’s beating everybody. This could come down to the final game.”

Both teams scored in each of the first three innings. Jena took a quick 2-0 lead before Vidalia answered with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Both teams scored one run in the second inning before the Giants scored three runs in the top of the third to take a 6-4 lead. That was before the Vikings responded in the bottom of the third to take the lead it would not relinquish.

Jena scored one run in the top of the sixth to make it an 8-7 ball game, but Vidalia scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to finally put the game away. Nate Bozeman had a double while both Josh Foucher and Michael Nelson went 2-for-3 to lead the Vikings’ offense.

Vidalia (12-10, 2-4) next plays at Marksville on Friday with the junior varsity game at 4 p.m. and the varsity game at 6 p.m.

ACCS 9, Oak Forest 8

NATCHEZ — On senior recognition night, Chris Carrell hit a two-run walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Adams County Christian School Rebels a dramatic come-from-behind win over the Oak Forest Academy Yellow Jackets Tuesday night.

Even though Oak Forest had just four hits in the game, ACCS committed an astounding eight errors – and still found the resolve to come back and win a game that they probably should not have won.

Oak Forest scored four runs in the top of the first inning before the Rebels scored two runs in the bottom of the first and two in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 4-4. The Yellow Jackets answered with one run in each of the next three innings to go up 7-4.

The Rebels stayed in the game with single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings while the Yellow Jackets could manage just one run in the top of the sixth for an 8-6 lead. Jake Brumfield came on in relief in the top of the seventh and allowed just one hit and struck out two to set the stage for what an amazing comeback.

ACCS scored one run and had a runner on base before Carrell took a pitch from Dylan Dover and sent it over the fence for the game-winning home run. Carrell also had a triple and went 2-for-3. Johnny Smith and Tyler Buckles also went 2-for-3 for the Rebels.

ACCS (15-6-1) plays at Brookhaven Academy on Friday, with the JV game at 5 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.

Monterey 7, Grace Christian 6

MONTEREY — Despite allowing eight of Grace Christian’s 10 hits, Monterey’s Hunter Frey was good enough on the mound to keep the Warriors off the scoreboard for four of his five innings as the Wolves got a much-needed win Tuesday afternoon.

It looked like Monterey might run away with this LHSAA District 4-B game after scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning, but a three-run third inning for Grace Christian made things interesting.

The Wolves scored one run in the bottom of the fourth inning and added what turned out to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead 7-3. The Warriors made it a 7-6 game with two runs in the top of the sixth inning and one run in the top of the seventh, but they were unable to bring in the game-tying run.

Hayden Cassels went 2-for-4 with a double and Matthew Humphries was 2-for-5 with a double to lead the Wovles, who had nine hits in the game.

Monterey (12-6, 2-3) plays at Avoyelles Charter at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Brandon 16, Natchez High 0

BRANDON — Brandon’s Parker Lowery threw a no-hitter and hit a three-run home run as the host Bulldogs needed just three innings to take care of the Natchez High Bulldogs Tuesday afternoon in MHSAA Region 6-6A action.

“We didn’t play well at all. They played exceptionally well,” Natchez High head coach Skip Golding said. “They smashed the ball. They had 14 hits. We had four errors. Everything they were hitting went hard into the gap, to the fence or over the fence.”

Brandon scored 14 runs on 10 hits and was aided by three Natchez High errors in the bottom of the first inning, followed by two runs in the bottom of the second. The game was called after three innings.

Natchez High (4-9, 2-6) plays at Block on Friday, with the JV game at 4 p.m. and the varsity game at 6 p.m.

Block takes doubleheader sweep from Northwood-Lena

LENA, La. — The Block Bears finally are no longer winless in LHSAA District 4-1A after defeating the Northwood-Lena Gators 16-6 in six innings in Game 1 of a varsity doubleheader and then squeaking out a 2-1 win in Game 2.

In the first game, Block had a 14-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but Northwood-Lena scored one run in that frame to keep the game going. The Bears then scored two runs in the top of the sixth and held the Gators to one run in the bottom of the sixth to end the game early. Devonte Vault and Colter White each went 2-for-4 with a triple.

In the second game, Block’s Taylor Perron pitched a no-hitter with nine strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter. Northwood-Lena scored when that hit batter stole second and third bases before crossing home plate on a passed ball in the top of the seventh inning.

The Bears got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning when Dylan Mayo brought in two runs with a double, one of just two hits for Block.

Block (6-14, 2-3) is scheduled to host Natchez High on Friday.