Vikings make Bolton pay for six errors

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 10, 2003

VIDALIA, La. &045; As if sweeping through to the championship of Bolton’s tournament was not good enough for Vidalia over the weekend, the Vikings tattooed Bear pitcher Cody Lyles in the first in route to a 12-2 win.

Trey White (1-0) pitched four strong innings in his second appearance of the season, as Vidalia (8-0) took just five innings to stay perfect.

&uot;The last time Trey threw in the bullpen he threw well and coach (Tim) Herndon told me Trey was going to be all right,&uot; Vikings head coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said. &uot;When we’re playing in these tournaments for the next two weeks, we’re going to have to have Trey throwing well.

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&uot;He’s a competitor, a headsy player and he did like we expected of him tonight.&uot;

After retiring the side in order in the top half of the first, White was provided with a comfortable lead in the bottom of the inning.

Helping his own cause, White started things off with a bloop single to right and later scored the game’s first run on a Barry Bowden double to centerfield.

With the help of some poor infield work by the Bears (1-6), Vidalia plated seven men and batted 12 men until Bowden was called out on a phantom strike 3.

&uot;We played one of the better teams in the state, I think,&uot; Bolton head coach Keith Hood said. &uot;We made too many errors in the first and from then on. Once we start making plays and letting the pitcher trust us defensively, I think we’ll be fine.&uot;

White, who struck out four and surrendered just four hits, gave up the first of two runs for the game in the second when a Bubba Lowery sacrifice bunt scored Tyler Barnes, who had the Bears first hit of the game two batters earlier.

Bolton had a runner at third base with one out, but White settled down after the run, striking out Jacob Luttgeharm swinging and Meade Palmer looking to end the threat.

The Vikings got the run back in their half of the second, albeit the fourth unearned run of the ballgame against Lyles for an 8-1 lead.

Despite it not counting for a run-batted-in, left fielder Jeff Anderson crushed an offering up in the strike zone down the left field line for a double to score catcher Chris Williams, who had reached on a throwing error by the third baseman to lead off.

&uot;(Bolton) gave us some opportunities with the errors, but I liked our approach at the plate overall,&uot; Hoffpauir said. &uot;We’re a first-pitch hitting team and we hit the ball real well tonight. We didn’t do a whole lot of that over the weekend.&uot;

Vidalia chased Lyles from the game in the third when an error on the first baseman, a hit batsmen and a walk loaded the bases with no outs.

All three of those runners scored, highlighted by Williams ground out to first base, which scored White for the second time of the game.

Bolton cranked up the bus in the bottom of the fourth when the Vikings scored another run to go up by 10.

After Chris Ensminger struck out to open the Vidalia inning, first baseman Reid Simpson reached base on an infield hit when the throw from Lyles &045; now playing third after Barnes relieved him in the third &045; was late.

Simpson advanced to third on when Barnes’ first offering to White went wild.

Second baseman Mac Ware, who came on to pitch a perfect top of the fifth the following inning, scored Simpson with a sacrifice fly to left on the first pitch he saw from Barnes.

&uot;Coming into the ball game our plan was to get four innings out of Trey, two out of Mac and one out of Brett Hinson if it went that far,&uot; Hoffpauir said. &uot;The 10-run rule helped us save our pitching. We were lucky to have our bats working.&uot;