Donald paces Vidalia to win

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 7, 2000

VIDALIA, La. –&160;On a night when Rod Donald was king of the hill, the Viking senior pitcher also became Vidalia’s home run king in a 9-2 win over Block here Thursday.

Donald allowed two hits and no earned runs and struck out seven over six innings as Vidalia improved to 15-7 overall and 3-0 in District 3-2A.

Donald hit a 3-run home run in the second inning for his 26th home run of his career, breaking the mark of 25 set by Gregg Johnson from 1994-97.

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Donald’s home run was his 10th of the season, which is four short of Seth Greer’s 14 in 1998.

&uot;I feel a lot better now,&uot;&160;Donald said. &uot;I couldn’t get over that hump of nine home runs for a while. But now it’s and I’m calm and can hit the ball a lot better.&uot;

The Vikings now have 32 total home runs this year, four short of the team record 36 set in 1998.

Vidalia scored three runs in its first at bat as Jarrett Hoffpauir walked, Adam Probst reached on an error and Donald doubled. Matt Dillon and Kevin Laird followed with singles.

&uot;We know district is the biggest part of the year until the playoffs start,&uot;&160;Laird said. &uot;It’s time for us to jump up and get ready.&uot;

The Vikings added three more in the second as Hoffpauir walked, Probst singled and Donald sailed a pitch over the fence.

Walks to Hoffpauir and Probst led to stolen bases and a wild pitch for another Viking run in the fourth.

Vidalia ended its scoring in the sixth as Laird reached on an error, Collin Taunton walked and Hoffauir doubled.

The Vikings had only two hits over the last four innings against Block starter Edwards.

&uot;We have to stop relaxing when we score a lot of runs early,&uot; Probst said.

Block scored a run in the fifth as Dusty Edwards reached on an error, Charles Branch walked and Cliff Wilson doubled.

The only other Bear run came in the seventh as Branch walked, stole second and scored on two errors.

&uot;I felt good on the mound,&uot; Donald said. &uot;I was hitting my spots early. I lost it for a minute and then regained my composure. Then my buddy Jarrett finished it out.&uot;

Hoffpauir struck out three of the four batters he faced in the seventh.

&uot;My job was to just throw strikes,&uot;&160;Hoffpauir said. &uot;Rod did a great job. We can hit the ball better as a team, but that will come.&uot;

Vidalia plays at Crowville Wednesday, visits McCall Thursday, welcomes Ferriday next Friday and entertains Winnsboro next Saturday.

Vidalia was going to play at West Ouachita Monday, but that game has been cancelled.