Vidalia downs Winnsboro to win tourney

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 11, 2001

VIDALIA, La. – Bryan Bennett went 4-for-4 with four RBI to help Vidalia to an 11-4 win over Winnsboro in the finals of the Vidalia Baseball Tournament on Saturday night.

Viking starting pitcher Barry Bowden was a surprise starter for the finals after missing the rest of the tournament while attending the funeral of his grandmother.

Despite giving up two runs in the top of the first to the Wildcats, Bowden gave a great effort considering the circumstances as he limited Winnsboro to just three hits while striking out eight.

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The Vikings tied the score in the bottom of the first thanks to a lead-off homer by Jarrett Hoffpauir and a RBI double by Bennett.

The lead grew to 5-2 in the bottom of the second.

Bubba Wyles moved two runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. One batter later Bowden helped his own cause with a 2-RBI double, and Bennett followed with another RBI single.

Vidalia put the game away in the bottom of the third as it pounded out three hits and scored four runs to push the Viking advantage to 10-2.

The final run for the Vikings came in the bottom of the fifth when Bowden collected his second double of the contest and later scored on Bennett’s RBI single.

Up next for Vidalia is a home game on Monday at 6 p.m. against Jena. The JV is schedule to play at 4 p.m.

Vidalia 9, Spring Hill 0

Before the finals, Jarrett Hoffpauir had a big day on the mound and at the plate as scored a 9-0 win over Spring Hill.

Hoffpauir went the distance for the Vikings, pitching seven innings while allowing no runs on only three hits.

He was equally effective at the plate as the Southern Miss signee finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer.

&uot;Jarrett was in command of all of his pitches today,&uot; Vidalia Head Coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said.

&uot;This was a big win for us. We looked at it like a playoff game, and the kids really responded the way I had hoped they would. We hit the ball well throughout the lineup.&uot;

Bryan Bennett added two doubles in the win, while Jamie Fuqua was 2-for-3 with a double.

Winnsboro 5, Cathedral 4

Mitch Cooper picked up the game winning homer and Jimmy Wallace allowed only one hit as Winnsboro dispatched of Cathedral in the semifinals of the Vidalia Tournament.

Despite collecting the win and allowing only one hit, the performance by Wallace was shaky as he gave up 4 runs primarily due to 12 free passes.

Bart Lane was stuck with the loss for Cathedral as he allowed five runs on five hits.

The win sent Winnsboro in the championship game against host Vidalia.