NHS Bulldogs survive late Vidalia rally

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 10, 2001

VIDALIA, La. – They may be having power outages out West, but there was no lack of power on Monday night in Vidalia.

Eight different batters combined for a total of nine home runs as Natchez held off a late Vidalia rally for a 14-13 victory over Vidalia.

&uot;It was just one of those days when the ball seemed to carry well,&uot; Natchez head coach Michael Lindsey said. &uot;It was a well played game, but it certainly was one of the crazier games I’ve ever been a part of.&uot;

The Bulldogs took a 14-11 lead into the bottom of the seventh only to see the Vikings rally.

Back-to-back walks by Stephen Welch and Jarrett Hoffpauir got the rally started for Vidalia. But with runners on first and second with no outs, the Bulldogs pulled off a controversial double play.

The Vikings’ Bubba Wyles hit a hard liner to third, and after the third baseman got the force at third he made a throw to first that was bobbled. The umpire originally called Wyles safe, but then reversed his decision for the second out of the inning.

The call could have been the difference in the game as Bryan Bennett and Ryan Boles followed with RBI doubles that would have tied the score at 14.

The Bulldogs got the final out when Chris Williams hit a line drive back up the middle that careened off NHS pitcher Lance Harveston into the waiting mit of the shortstop, who threw Williams out at first.

&uot;We have lost so many close games this year that we really needed some breaks like we got tonight,&uot; Lindsey said.

The Bulldogs got the scoring started early as they put four runs on the board in the top of the first with the big hit coming on a three-run homer by Brian Kossum. Natchez scored four more runs in the second for an early 8-1 lead.

The Vikings battled back in the bottom of the second to tie the score as Barry Bowden, Hoffpauir, Bryan Bennett and Williams all went deep in the frame.

NHS retook the lead in the top of the fourth thanks to a two-run homer by Brock Barlow and held the lead the rest of the way.

Nolan Coward also homered for NHS in the game.