Lady Vikings score six in last at-bat, take split

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 13, 2003

MANGHAM, La. &045; The day was shaping up to be another one of frustration with several runners left stranded for the Vidalia Lady Vikings.

But then the big hits kicked in at the right time.

The Lady Vikings (9-3-1) tagged six runs on the board in their last at-bat in the second game of a doubleheader to take a 7-0 win and split Thursday at Mangham. The Lady Dragons won the first game, 2-1, after Vidalia couldn’t get the right hits at the right time.

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&uot;We started to struggle still with one run until the top of the fifth,&uot; Vidalia head coach Gary Paul Parnham said. &uot;Then we started hitting the ball. Hopefully it’s going to carry over into our next games. That’s been our problem most of the year &045; not getting the hits when we need to score runs. We’re making some mental mistakes. We’ll keep working hard and see what we can do.&uot;

The Lady Vikings erupted in their last at-bat against Mangham starter Katie Burgess, who went the distance in both five-inning games. They loaded the bases with one out, and Miranda Doughty doubled to score Ashley Prince and Heather Miller for a 3-0 lead.

Jaci DeWeese walked to load the bases up again, and Jaimee Jordan singled to score Jenny Watson. Christy Corley followed that with a double to score DeWeese and Danielle Bryan, and Jordan later scored on a fielder’s choice for the 7-0 lead.

The doubleheader marked the return of Miller, who was hospitalized prior to Tuesday’s win over Buckeye with a kidney stone.

&uot;She was trying to pass it, and she still hadn’t passed it,&uot; Parnham said. &uot;But the doctor told her she could play. She’ll just have to take some Alleve or something. That (being out) just killed her. That girl just loves to play.&uot;

Miranda Doughty went the distance on the mound and allowed just three hits while striking out three and walking one.

In the first game the Lady Vikings had four hits off Burgess but could only push one run across in the 2-1 loss.

The lone run came when Kelsey Leake scored on a grounder by Miller to shortstop that the first baseman misplayed on the throw.

The Lady Vikings also committed four errors behind Watson, who struck out two and walked one while allowing five hits.

&uot;They had no earned runs, and we left a bundle of runners in scoring position,&uot; Parnham said. &uot;We couldn’t get the timely hit, and that was the difference in the ball game. Jenny pitched good enough to win. We had too many errors and didn’t get the timely hits we’ve been needing.&uot;