Vikings impressive at plate to pound out win over CHS
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 2, 2003
VIDALIA, La. &045; One problem merely begets another for the top-ranked and undefeated Vidalia Vikings.
After spending the first few weeks of the season battling a problem of being unable to score runs, they’ve run into another problem in their last three games.
The Vikings can’t stop scoring.
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Their 15-2 pounding of Cathedral in four innings Wednesday night in Vidalia totaled 54 runs in their last three games, and this time the Vikings did it all themselves. Sure they took advantage of two walks and three hit batsmen, but the Vikings got 10 hits and got contributions from top to bottom to take the win.
&uot;We didn’t play a bad game. Vidalia took it from us,&uot; Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. &uot;They hit the ball well tonight. We were talking that that might be the best Vidalia team we’ve ever played. They’ve had individual players that were better, but as a team that might be the best team we’ve every played.&uot;
The Vikings (18-0) came into the contest fresh off a 21-run outing against Block Tuesday and an 18-5 win over the Green Wave Thursday. Right now it may be coming at a good time with District 3-2A action right around the corner, but the Vikings are keeping it even keel for right now.
But they’re a bit relieved now that things are coming together.
&uot;We work hard in practice,&uot; said junior catcher Chris Williams, who scored three runs. &uot;Everybody knows their part and does their job. There’s no goofing off, and we take quality cuts. I don’t know what the deal was (early). We’ve got to where we don’t get greedy any more at the plate. 18-0 is pretty good. Everybody wants it this year. We want to win and go deep in the playoffs like we did last year.&uot;
The Vikings jumped on Cathedral pitchers Jeremy Davis and Brett Tosspon early, including a 10-run fourth inning where they sent 13 batters to the plate. While the top of the lineup contributed, the bottom half had the first big shot of the game &045; sophomore Chris Ensminger drove in three runs with a double for a 4-1 Vidalia lead after the first inning.
&uot;We’ve been showing this all year &045; showing great discipline at the plate,&uot; Vidalia head coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said. &uot;Even when we have big leads or in close games, we’re showing a lot of discipline at the plate. Our guys aren’t getting greedy, and they’re approaching the plate real well. I’m just tickled to death. This wasn’t a game they gave us. This was a game we went and got.&uot;
The Vikings put together the big inning in the second mostly with one out after Davis got Jeffery Anderson to strike out to lead off the inning. Barry Bowden doubled in Trey White, and Mac Ware scored on a error on a ball hit by Williams for a 6-1 lead.
Reid Simpson then singled in a run before Davis &045; who had his curveball working in the first inning &045; left the game.
&uot;He had a tough collision in the top of the first at first base,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;He’s got a little blurred vision and dizziness. He might have a slight concussion.&uot;
The Vikings loaded the bases before Tosspon hit Anderson to force in a run, and White and Ware each had hits to drive in two runs for a 13-1 lead. Ware later scored on a passed ball.
&uot;We kept the pressure on them,&uot; Hoffpauir said. &uot;This team has hard workers. That is a good team we beat. The last two scores have been blowouts, but they’ve got a good team. They’ll have a good year.&uot;