Vidalia High School batter Katelin Temple, left, makes contact with a pitch during the game Friday night against La Salle High School. Vidalia won, 9-5. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)
Vidalia High School batter Katelin Temple, left, makes contact with a pitch during the game Friday night against La Salle High School. Vidalia won, 9-5. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)

Softball roundups: Vidalia gets win in tourney

Published 12:01am Saturday, March 23, 2013

 

VIDALIA — Taylor Rodgers went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and four runs batted in as the Vidalia Lady Vikings defeated the LaSalle Lady Tigers 9-5 Friday afternoon at the 2013 Vidalia High School Softball Tournament at Delta Bank Field.

Even though Vidalia finished with 13 hits in the game and had four players with at least two hits, head coach Gary Parnham Jr. said his team had room to improve at the plate.

“We’re not hitting the ball as well as we should right now,” Parnham said. “Not to take anything away from LaSalle, but we’ve just got to take care of our business. We’re not getting production from some of the positions that we should.”

The Lady Vikings erased an early 1-0 deficit with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and two runs in the bottom of the third. After Lady Tigers pitcher Megan Laird pitched back-to-back shutout innings, Vidalia plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 9-1 game. Laird surrendered seven earned runs on 13 hits and three walks while striking out five batters.

Laura Perilloux pitched six strong innings before giving up four runs in the top of the seventh inning as LaSalle tried to get back in the game. However, it was not nearly enough. Perilloux went the distance and allowed five earned runs on 10 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

“Overall, I’m pleased with the win. We just have to battle through it and get better,” Parnham said.

Katelin Temple went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, Cassie Gonzales was 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI and Gracyn Nelson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Vidalia (12-7) has two games today at the Vidalia Tournament, first at 10 a.m. against Block and then at noon against Rayville.

Block 9, Rayville 2

Nikki Harbor became the first player to hit a home run at Delta Bank Field at Vidalia’s new recreation complex, a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning, as the Block Lady Bears defeated the Rayville Lady Hornets Friday afternoon the Vidalia tournament.

Micahla Hughes pitched all seven innings for Block, allowing one earned runs on just four hits and one walk to go with two strikeouts.

The Lady Bears gave her plenty of run support with five runs in the bottom of the first inning. They added two more runs in each of the next two innings to go up 9-0. Rayville didn’t score its first run until the top of the fourth and then added its second run two innings later.

Maura Cooper went 2-for-4, Hughes had a triple and Shea Boothe had a double for the Lady Bears.

In addition to its game against Vidalia, Block (7-12) has a 4 p.m. game today against LaSalle.