Hoffpauir no-hits Jackson

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 27, 2001

VIDALIA, La. – Jarrett Hoffpauir tossed a no-hitter, and the Viking offense offered plenty of run support as Vidalia cruised in the first round of the Louisiana 2A playoffs with a 12-1 win over Jackson.

The Chiefs were clearly outmatched in the contest, but Vidalia skipper Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said he believes the Vikings got something positive out of the five-inning game.

&uot;Their pitcher didn’t throw a lot of bad pitches, so we got a good chance to swing the sticks at some live pitching,&uot; Hoffpauir said.

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The Vikings swung the sticks to the tune of 13 hits, including homers by Barry Bowden and Chris Williams.

The first four batters in the Vidalia lineup picked up base hits and scored in the bottom of the first to give Jarrett Hoffpauir a big early cushion. Bryan Bennett had the big hit in the inning, a RBI double that scored Hoffpauir for the first run of the game.

A big third inning put the game out of reach as the Vikings pounded out seven hits and scored seven runs for a 11-0 lead.

Williams picked up his second and third RBI of the contest with a two-run homer that scored Bennett. Sam Morse also had two RBI in the frame on a double, and Hoffpauir added a RBI triple. The final Viking run came in the bottom of the fourth on a solo shot by Bowden that made it 12-0. Jackson finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Hoffpauir had his only trouble of the game. He didn’t allow a hit, but three base on balls and an error spoiled the shutout.

&uot;We know the playoffs get tougher as you go along,&uot; Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said. &uot;But we can’t worry about the opponent. We need to focus on the things we can control.&uot;

Vidalia will host South Beauregard, a 10-2 winner over J. Sumner, in the second round on Monday.