Lady Vikings batter Block’s Butts for win; Monterey blanks Avoyelles

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 14, 2005

VIDALIA, La. &045; The bats continue to make some noise early in the season for the Vidalia Lady Vikings, and they’ve seen good pitching to back that statement up.

After going 13 innings Monday and losing 6-5 to LaSalle, the Lady Vikings came back to take a 7-3 win over Block Tuesday. The Lady Vikings (4-2) put up 11 hits off hard-throwing Block pitcher Shonda Butts and got some key hits early to set the tone for the game.

&uot;We started out hitting the ball pretty well,&uot; VHS head coach Gary Paul Parnham said. &uot;To get 11 hits off Shonda Butts, that’s pretty good. She throws hard, and she’s always had the speed. I guess we just timed her pretty good today. She’s going to get her strikeouts because she throws hard, but I was pleased with how we put the bat on the ball.&uot;

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The Lady Vikings put up a run in each of the first two innings off Butts despite finishing the game with eight strikeouts. In the first, Rachel Roberts singled and later scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Christy Corley.

Chelsea McElwee doubled to lead off the second and scored on a Bridget Waller single. The Lady Vikings tagged three runs on the board in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead as Jamiee Jordan doubled in Emily Raley to highlight the attack.

McElwee went 3 2/3 innings on the mound and got the win before yielding to Corley to close the door.

Corley threw all 13 innings against LaSalle Monday where she threw 170 pitches, while McElwee struck out seven in her 3 2/3 innings of work.

&uot;She does pretty good, especially the first time through the lineup,&uot; Parnham said. &uot;She let Christy get a little bit of rest. Any time we can get her some rest, it’s beneficial.&uot;

Monterey 10, Avoyelles 0

MONTEREY, La. &045; Monterey pitcher Whitney Price pitched a one-hitter and struck out 11 Avoyelles batters and the Lady Wolves broke a scoreless game with a five-run rally in the bottom of the third inning as the Lady Wolves defeated the Lady Mustangs in six innings.

Whitney Roark and Heather Robinson led the way at the plate for Monterey (2-2) by going a combined 5 for 8 and Kassie Kennedy drove in two runs. Monterey ended up with 10 hits in the game.

After the Lady Wolves’ offense finally got going in the third inning, they added two runs in the bottom of the fifth and ended the game with three in the bottom of the sixth.