Homer lifts Vidalia over Ferriday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 17, 2003

VIDALIA, La. &045; With a single flip of the bat, everything changed.

Trey Barnes had that feeling when he connected, flipped the bat and started in his home run trot. As the ball cleared the fence by plenty, with it went all the momentum Ferriday had up until that point.

Everything changed &045; Vidalia took the lead, Ferriday lost its momentum and the heat turned up a notch in Vidalia’s 9-4 opening round win Sunday at the District 5 South Sub-district tournament.

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The win puts Vidalia into Tuesday’s winners’ bracket final against the winner of Monday’s Catahoula-Winnsboro game. Ferriday will face South Franklin at 8 p.m. today in an elimination game.

&uot;I think the home run from Trey Barnes was a good back-breaker,&uot; said Vidalia head coach Chuck DeWeese, whose club used Barnes’ homer to highlight a nine-run fourth inning that started with Ferriday leading 4-0.

&uot;It took us a couple of innings to get warmed up, but hitting is contagious. I challenged each one of them to step up, and they did. But they’re about to kill me.&uot;

The rally killed the hopes of Ferriday, who had control of the game for the first four innings behind right-hander Beau Shively. Things started to unravel a bit with one out in the fourth when a walk to Jake DeWeese loaded the bases for cleanup hitter Kole Junkin, who doubled to right to drive in two.

That’s when Barnes stepped up and parked his three-run jack for a 5-4 lead.

&uot;That’s how games go for you sometimes &045;&160;if you get one big inning, a couple of big hits start a rally,&uot; Ferriday head coach Robert Rachal said. &uot;Beau was pitching well up until he got (one) out. I don’t know if it was the heat or what. But they got their timing down and went to hitting.

&uot;When he hit that home run, it kind of startled him but not that much. It kind of put wind in the opposing team’s sail and took a little out of ours.&uot;

Vidalia’s hitting, as mentioned earlier, was indeed contagious. Whie a single to Jason Grantham was grounds to pull Shively for Hunter Martin, who struck out the first batter but hit T.J. Floyd with a pitch.

Cade Craft then followed with a blast to straight center for another three-run homer for an 8-4 lead. Joey Robertson then reached on an error and scored on a Seth Barlow single.

&uot;They stepped up to the challenge,&uot; Chuck DeWeese said. &uot;One homer was from an 11-year-old (Craft), and Trey Barnes can get it out with the best of them. The other hitters tried to kill the ball, but they made good contact. It seemed like we were hitting the ball right to them for a while and we weren’t getting any breaks.&uot;

Once Vidalia took over on the scoreboard, Jake DeWeese followed suit on the mound. The big right-hander ended the game with 12 strikeouts, including five in the last two innings.

Ferriday had a two-run lead in the fourth inning before tacking on two more on Josh Lee’s two-run homer &045; his second long ball of the game.

&uot;We knew what he was going to do,&uot; Rachal said. &uot;We hit him before and knew what he was going to do. Some of our hitters weren’t thinking when they got that second strike weren’t looking for that changeup or curve &045; which he is fairly consistent at doing.&uot;

Ferriday took a 2-0 lead in the second when Lee and Trey Brasher each hit solo homers.