Vikings rip Trojans

Published 1:37 pm Saturday, April 7, 2007

A Trey Brasher grand slam in the bottom of the second inning put the exclamation point in a Vidalia rout of Ferriday Friday afternoon.

Three Trojan pitchers combined for 17 walks and Ferriday committed five errors en route to a 21-0 Vidalia win.

The game was called with two outs in the bottom of the third inning after the fourth-straight bases loaded walk of the inning by Ferriday.

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Brasher took the win for Vidalia (17-9, 3-0 in district play) at pitcher, going three innings and allowing one hit while striking out six.

Starlta Hawkins took the loss for the Trojans, going only a third of an inning before being pulled in favor of Leonard Parker.

“Growing pains is what I’ve been saying all year,” Ferriday head coach Steve Collins said. “We learned a lot today. We got a chance to see one of the best teams in the state and how they play.”

The loss dropped Ferriday to 3-7 on the season, and 0-2 in district play.

With the win, Vidalia sealed a district title and a spot in the LHSAA playoffs.

“Everything we do from here on out has to be preparation for the playoffs,” Vidalia head coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said. “We’ve got three quality games lined up when we get back from spring break, so we’ve got to start preparing.”

The Vikings scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning, started off by three straight hits by Jordan Brewer (a double), Cameron Ainsworth and Nick Coley (an RBI double). Then the walks came.

After Vidalia nearly batted around twice, Parker got the Trojans out of the inning by getting Trey Barnes to line out to the second baseman.

Then Brasher came to the plate in the bottom of the second with the bases loaded and the Vikings leading 13-0 and brought everyone home with a grand slam over the right field fence.

Brasher was 2-for-3 with the home run and six RBI on the game. Brewer batted 3-for-3 with a double and one RBI, and Shayne Knapp was 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Nieco Amado got Ferriday’s lone hit of the afternoon in the top of the third inning.