Prep Boys’ Roundup: Vidalia gets win in eighth
VIDALIA — Seven innings of regulation play was not enough to determine the outcome of the late afternoon game on Monday between the Jena Giants and the Vidalia Vikings in the LHSAA District 3-3A opener at the Concordia Recreation District 3 Complex.
Instead it took eight innings for not only a winning team to emerge, but for a run to be scored as well. And in the bottom of the eighth inning, both finally took place as William Handjis led off with a double and William Sandifer brought him in with a double, also with no outs, to give Vidalia a 1-0 win.
Cole Cangemi was the winning pitcher for the Vikings after pitching eight shutout innings.
Vidalia (8-5, 1-0) next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Caldwell Parish.
LaSalle 4, Block 3
OLLA, La. — A wild pitch by Block’s Taylor Perron-Krause allowed the winning run to score from third base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as the LaSalle Tigers took a 4-3 win over the Bears Monday afternoon in the LHSAA District 3-1A opener for both teams.
Perron-Krause and LaSalle’s Cole Hendrix had solid outings on the mound. The defense behind them? Well, that left a lot to be desired. Block and LaSalle combined to commit 20 errors — 14 by the Bears and six by the Tigers. Hendrix gave up four runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks to go with nine strikeouts in seven innings.
LaSalle led Block 3-0 after three innings of play before the Bears answered with a three-run rally in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game. Perron-Krause went six and two-thirds innings and allowed four runs, only one earned, on one hit with nine strikeouts and four walks.
Block (5-7, 0-1) will hit the road to Natchitoches, La., to take on district rival St. Mary’s at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Trinity Episcopal drops two to Brookhaven Academy
BROOKHAVEN — The Brookhaven Academy Cougars needed just five innings in both games of a varsity doubleheader to defeat the Trinity Episcopal Saints Monday afternoon, winning the first game 11-1 and taking the second game 15-2.
In the first game, the Cougars broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and 10-run ruled the Saints after scoring six runs in the bottom of the fifth. Michael Fiorella struck out nine and allowed just two hits in five innings to pick up the win. Quinton Logan went four innings and allowed five runs on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
The second game didn’t take as long for Brookhaven Academy’s bats to get hot. The Cougars scored five runs in the bottom of the first and second innings while the Saints didn’t get on the scoreboard until the top of the fourth. The Cougars plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Alex Smith went 2-for-2 for the home team.
Trinity Episcopal (3-4) doesn’t play again until April 1 at 6 p.m. for a home district game against Franklin Academy.