° empty

Vidalia baseball enters win column

Jake Martin

Sports Reporter

Vidalia — A culmination of errors and timely hitting allowed Vidalia High School (1-1) to defeat Harrisonburg High through five innings in an 11-1 victory Thursday night in Vidalia.

Six Harrisonburg errors and seven walks aided the Vikings’ 10-run rule victory.

Vidalia head coach Kale Davis didn’t classify the victory as a satisfying one for his team, Davis, however, was pleased to see his team rebound from a 5-4 loss suffered at Mangham last Monday.

“We wanted to just come out and put some balls in play and put the pitcher at work,” Davis said. “We just wanted to build upon what we did Monday. We had a hard-fought game, and I just didn’t want the guys to bring that game into this game. For the most part, we did OK.”

Alan Doyle earned the victory for the Vikings, pitching all five innings and producing eight strikeouts.

“I want to see pitching continue to improve,” Davis said. “That’s going to be our strong point this season. We’re just trying to find some chemistry right now.”

Dylan Parnham led the Vikings in hitting with three singles, while Kyle Coley and William Handjis each had RBI doubles.

Handjis’ came at the most opportune time. Up 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning with the bases loaded, Handjis ripped a shot to the wall in left field, clearing the bases and putting the Vikings up 6-1.

“My team was counting on me with two outs,” Handjis said. “We needed a big hit.”

Davis called Handjis a leader, acknowledging the team’s reliance on the junior, who pitched Monday in the loss to Mangham, to produce both in the lineup and on the mound.

“Hanjis does a lot for the team,” Davis said. “Every time we need a clutch hit, I’m looking for him, Josh Foucher, Kyle Coley or Cole Camgeni to come through. I put more pressure on them than anybody. Handjis is clutch. He’s a workhorse.”

Following Doyle striking out the side in the top of the fourth, Vidalia added two more runs in the bottom with a Camgeni RBI single. Doyle continued to grow stronger late in the game, completing another scoreless inning with a strikeout. Vidalia scored two more in the bottom of the fifth on walks to secure the victory.

Vidalia will play in the Block tournament this Saturday with a showdown against Peabody starting at 2 p.m.

 

News

Photo gallery: Jewish community celebrates Passover with Seder dinner

News

NASD graduation rate up, but still lags behind state average

News

The Dart: Vidalia man studies, takes care of family, too

News

Natchez Early College Academy Fun Day to help raise money for trip to Washington, D.C.

News

Parent University set for Thursday

News

Sunday focus: Voters to determine a quarter million in salaries May 10

News

Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office investigates body found in Monterey

News

County seeking ambulance proposals

News

‘Suzi’s Girls’ remember lasting legacy left by coach

News

Natchez man killed in Ferriday wreck Friday night

News

Photo gallery: The bluff has gone to the DockDogs

News

Tactics in case surrounding alleged attack of parish DA questioned

News

Student charged in verbal assault of teacher

News

City back in court to determine damages in Roundstone case

News

Report: Cuts put school district $1.5M short

News

Faith and Family: R.V.I.C.S. helps Children’s Home

News

Photo gallery: Chalk artist inspired by God creates artwork at First Baptist Church

News

Man previously arrested on rape charges, charged with another sex crime

News

Natchez-Adams School District to pay $127K to former principal

News

Judge dismisses former assistant principal’s lawsuit against school district

News

City receives Urban Youth Corps grant

News

Natchez police make arrest in weekend attack

News

Natchez tourism director’s car left in limbo without commission

News

News photos: Ferriday fire