Vidalia Minor League All-Stars win nail biter

Published 12:41 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

VIDALIA — After scoring 23 runs against Ferriday Sunday night, one had to wonder if the Winnsboro 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars had anything left as they took on Vidalia at the Dixie Youth Minor League Sub-District 5 Tournament.

Winnsboro had enough to overcome a three-run deficit to send the game into extra innings, but Vidalia scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on for an exciting 15-11 win to advance in the winner’s bracket.

“It was a nail-biter,” Vidalia head coach Whest Shirley said. “We threw three pitchers. They did a good job. We had some clutch hits.”

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Vidalia had an 11-8 lead in the top of the fifth inning, but the ‘visitors’ in this game couldn’t hold on to the lead as Winnsboro tied the game at 11 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. But Vidalia regained the momentum in the top of the seventh and kept Winnsboro scoreless in the bottom of the seventh.

“Pitching came through and our bats came through in the end,” coach Shirley said.

The key clutch hit of the game for Vidalia was a two-run double by Pate Shirley that put them up 13-11. Vidalia added two more runs, as coach Shirley put it, “to give us a little cushion.”

But it was the pitching of William Handjis and a key defensive play in the bottom of the sixth inning that helped send the game into extra innings.

“He got us out of the inning,” Shirley said. “They had runners on second and third with one out. They hit a ground ball and the runner at third, we threw out at home plate. Then they hit a groundout to end the inning.”

Vidalia will take on Catahoula, a 10-0 winner over South Franklin, today at 8 p.m. That game follows an elimination game between Ferriday and Winnsboro, which starts at 6 p.m.

Catahoula 10, South Franklin 0

VIDALIA — For the second straight day, the Catahoula All-Stars staved off elimination with another impressive performance, this one a shutout win over the South Franklin All-Stars Monday afternoon.

Ryne Richard pitched a complete-game no-hitter in picking up the win for Catahoula. Taylor McCaughey had a triple while Jacob Cater, Kade Passman, Josh Cassels and Vyn’Quez O’Sten each went 2-for-3.