Vidalia rallies in 6th inning for 7-4 victory, Cathedral holds on to 12-7 win

Published 12:02am Saturday, March 8, 2014

Vidalia — The Vidalia Vikings softball team rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the sixth inning to get what head coach Gary Paul Parnham called a “much-needed win” against LaSalle High School, a 7-3 victory Friday.

Most importantly, Parnham saw improvement in the field, as a lack of defense has led to a 2-3 start to the Vikings’ season.

“We played better defense,” Parnham said. “Things are looking more positive.”

Taylor Rodgers pitched all seven innings for Vidalia and gave up five hits, one walk and struck out 11. She also doubled for the Vikings and provided two of Vidalia’s four hits in the game.

LaSalle scored two runs in the first inning and added one more in the fourth. Though Vidalia was held scoreless through the first five innings, the bats came alive and six runs were produced in the top of the sixth from multiple hits and LaSalle errors.

“I felt like we came out a little sluggish,” Parnham said. “We didn’t hit really until the sixth inning, but we’ll take it. We needed this one bad.”

Katelin Temple went 1-for-3 for the Vikings with a walk and two RBIs. Katelynn Bertelson was the only other Viking to record a hit, while LaSalle’s Alexia Humphries led both teams in hits, going 3-for-4 with two doubles.

Cathedral 12, Tylertown 7

BUDE — The Cathedral Green Wave saw an early 6-2 lead disappear, only to rally for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as they defeated the Tylertown Chiefs 12-7 Friday afternoon at the Franklin County Baseball Tournament.

Gabe Smith ended up the winning pitcher despite allowing three runs on two hits and two walks to go with one strikeout in his only inning on the mound – the top of the fifth. Those three runs allowed Tylertown to tie the game at 7-7 before Cathedral pulled away in its half of the fifth before the game was called due to the timelimit.

Sam Parker got the start and pitched two good innings. He allowed two runs on just one hit with two strikeouts and one walk. Yet the Green Wave was down 2-0 after an inning and a half before scoring six runs in the bottom of the second.

Brock Farmer went 2-for-4, Zach Flattmann had a double and scored two runs, and Ty Brown was walked three times, scored three runs and had two runs batted in. The Green Wave also took advantage of 10 Tylertown errors.

Cathedral (2-1) will next play at the Lawrence County Tournament with two games on Monday — first against Tylertown at 10 a.m. and then against South Pike at 5:45 p.m.

Natchez High at South Pike cancelled

MAGNOLIA — Natchez High School’s junior varsity and varsity baseball games at South Pike High School that were scheduled to take place Friday afternoon were cancelled due to muddy fields at South Pike, Natchez High head coach Brian Kossum said.

Natchez High has one game today at the Franklin County Baseball Tournament, and that is against tournament host Franklin County at 11 a.m.

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