Vikings, Green Wave win huge; WCCA lands first win

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 26, 2003

VIDALIA, La. &045; For the most part, the Vidalia Vikings have had to rely on solid pitching in their first 14 games of the season to keep them undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Class 2A.

Well, Tuesday night the bats finally woke up as the Vikings pounded out 14 hits in cruising to a 12-2 win at home over the Block Bears in six innings to improve to 15-0 on the season.

&uot;Our bats finally broke loose,&uot; Hoffpauir said. &uot;This was our best outing hitting the ball all year. We had real good approaches at the plate. More than anything, I was pleased we swung the bat.&uot;

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The Vikings trailed Block 1-0 until getting back-to-back home runs from leadoff hitter and winning pitcher Trey White and Mac Ware and later a two-run home run by Ty Eicemann to take a 4-1 lead after one inning of play.

Vidalia got a strong performance on the mound from White, its number four pitcher, who struck out six, allowed just two hits and walked only one in six innings to go to 4-0.

&uot;Again, we had good pitching,&uot; Hoffpauir said. &uot;Trey had good command of his pitches.&uot;

Vidalia added two runs in the bottom of the second inning, three in the bottom of the fourth and then three in the bottom of the sixth to end the game on the 10-run rule.

Block’s only other run occurred in the top of the third inning. Ryan King was the losing pitcher for the Bears. King also went six innings, striking out two and walking four.

Both teams committed four errors, and Hoffpauir was not happy with his team’s errors, but believes the defense is getting better.

&uot;We’re still playing very erratic defense,&uot; he said. &uot;But we made some good plays, so that’s a good sign.&uot;

Vidalia is scheduled to play at Pineville at 3:30 p.m. today.

Cathedral 14, Bogue Chitto 0

BOGUE CHITTO &045; Cathedral pitcher Jeremy Davis kept Bogue Chitto’s batters off balance and off the scoreboard as the Green Wave defeated the Bobcats in six innings to stay undefeated in District 7-1A.

Davis struck out nine and walked none in five innings on the mound to go to 2-1 and Brent Tosspon pitched the sixth. Davis and Tosspon combined on the four-hit shutout.

B. Wallace pitched all six innings and suffered the loss for Bogue Chitto, giving up 10 hits while walking two and hitting two batters.

Wyler Murray led the Green Wave’s 10-hit night with a home run, a triple, and three runs batted in. Michael Blain had a double and four RBIs.

Cathedral took a 3-0 lead after one and held that lead until the top of the fifth when it scored five runs.

The Green Wave then ended the game in the sixth first by scoring six runs for the 14-0.

WCCA 8, Pine Hills 3

GLOSTER &045; Brad Pritchard pitched seven strong innings to cool down the Wildcats’ bats and helped his own cause with a two-run home run in the second inning to help give the Rams their first win of the season Tuesday night.

Pritchard struck out seven, allowed just three hits, walked one and hit one batter in going the distance for WCCA.

Maxwell (no first name given) got things going for the Rams in the top of the second with a double before Pritchard’s homer gave the Rams a 2-0 lead.

Taylor Fontenot added a two-run shot in the top of the fifth inning to increase WCCA’s lead to 4-0.

Pine Hills (5-4, 1-1) cut the lead to 4-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, only to have the Rams score four in the top of the sixth. The Wildcats’ final run was in the bottom of the seventh.

Brandon 7, Natchez 3

BRANDON &045; The home team Bulldogs took advantage of an off performance on the mound by Natchez starting pitcher Leon Stewart to defeat the visting Bulldogs in a District 5-5A matchup Tuesday night.

Brandon (12-4, 2-1) scored four runs in the bottom of the second and three in the bottom of the third to chase Stewart out of the game after just 2 and 1/3 innings in which he gave up five hits and walked three.

Drew Kossum relieved Stewart for Natchez (1-6, 1-3) and allowed just two hits while striking out two, walking two and hitting one batter in the final 4 and 2/3 innings.

&uot;We played a pretty decent game,&uot; Natchez head coach Charlie Williams said. &uot;Our problem was we left 12 men on base.&uot;

Natchez had the bases loaded three times with less than two outs, but was unable to take advantage and could not score even one run.

Stephen Bryant was the winning pitcher for Brandon while allowing four hits, walking five and striking out three in three innings.

&uot;The defense was better than adequate,&uot; Williams said. &uot;Kossum came in and pitched a decent game in relief. We didn’t get the key hits tonight.&uot;