Vikings ready to play after rain

Published 2:39 pm Saturday, May 5, 2007

VIDALIA — Thursday night’s and Friday morning’s thunderstorms soaked Vidalia High’s baseball field, and as a result the Vikings’ 5 p.m. LHSAA baseball playoffs quarterfinal match up with St. Charles was rescheduled to 4 p.m Saturday at. at Vidalia.

Despite the undesirable field conditions, the Vikings did not take the day off, instead Vidalia head coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said his team hit the batting cages to stay sharp.

“We were ready to play today (Friday), and I hope we come in tomorrow (Saturday) ready to play,” he said.

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Hoffpauir said he would not accept the unexpected break as an excuse for not being ready.

The Vikings last played and beat St. Charles in 1996 in LHSAA baseball semifinals to advance to the state championship game, and Hoffpauir said he is familiar with their program.

“They are a very formidable opponent, and they are well coached,” he said. “We will see if we can hang in there.”

At 22-10, the Vikings will send Will Thomas to the mound on Saturday to take charge and help Vidalia get the win that will keep their season alive, and send Vikings to the state semifinals in Monroe on Tuesday.

“We are one step away from the big dance, but it is an awful big step,” Hoffpauir said. “But we have been there before and all we can do is play.”