Lady Vikings use best effort to beat Jena

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 24, 2000

Vidalia High’s softball team got a dominating performance from pitcher Amanda Strickland in an 8-1 win over Jena on Thursday. Strickland pitched a one-hitter, struck out seven and walked only one.

At the plate, Strickland was just as effective, going 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs.

It was the second win in a week for the Lady Vikings over the Lady Giants. Vidalia, 3-0, also owns a win over Winnsboro this season.

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&uot;I thought we played our best game of the season so far,&uot; said Vidalia High softball coach Gary Paul Parnham. &uot;This was the best game Strickland played so far.&uot;

Jessica Marling went 2-for-4 for the Lady Vikings with a two-run home run in the second inning.

Jenny Watson was 2-for-3 with both hits being singles.

Stephanie Elliott was also 2-for-3 and had 2 RBIs.

&uot;The girls are playing hard right now and that’s all I ask of them right now,&uot; Parnham said. &uot;I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.&uot;

Jena’s only run of the game came in the top of the fourth inning.

After a lead-off single, an error by one of the outfielders sent the runner to third base.

The next batter for Jena hit a sacrifice fly that brought the runner home.

Vidalia, 3-0, will play at the Pineville Tournament Friday in Alexandria.

The first game will be against Elizabeth High at 3:30 p.m. and the second game is against Bayou Chicot at 8:30 p.m.

The Lady Vikings stay on the road, going to St. Frederick next Tuesday before competing in the Tioga Tournament next weekend.

Following road games at Rapides and Monterey, the Lady Vikings will compete in the Winnsboro Tournament.

Vidalia returns home March 14 against Franklin County in a varsity and junior varsity contest.