Lady Vikings shut out Natchez High

Published 10:53 am Wednesday, March 28, 2007

In softball, as in any other sport, there are days when seemingly nothing goes right.

Tuesday afternoon was one of those days for the Natchez High Lady Bulldogs.

In a game in which the Lady Bulldogs committed seven errors and managed only two hits, Warren Central took advantage in a 16-0 win.

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The Lady Vikings took a 6-0 lead in the first inning and then put the game away with an eight-run third inning — doing so while making wholesale substitutions during the inning — for the win.

Warren Central head coach Dana McGivney said she was pleased to see that her back-ups could deliver when called upon.

“Whether we’re playing the first nine or the second nine, there’s not a big dropoff,” she said. “Our back-ups did a good job.”

The game was called after Natchez High failed to score in the bottom of the third.

Tiffany Fuller picked up the win for Warren Central (10-8-1, 1-0 district), pitching two innings and striking out two before giving way to Andi Hearn.

Triyuna Green took the loss for Natchez High (0-4, 0-1).

Hearn also had an inside the park home run for the Lady Vikings in the third inning, driving in three runs.

After falling behind 8-0 after two innings, the Lady Bulldogs had their best chance to score in the bottom of the second, as McKenzie Taylor led off the inning with an infield single.

Taylor then attempted to steal second base, and was caught in no man’s land between second and third and thrown out.

A walk and two straight errors following that out loaded the bases, but the Lady Bulldogs were unable to score.

“We hit the ball, but baserunning errors killed us,” Natchez High coach David Day said. “Going past second base was just a mental lapse. That’s something we can correct. We’ve got to make better decisions. When you get people on base, you’ve got to get them across the plate.”