Vidalia falls to Neville in softball opener

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 12, 2008

VIDALIA — It was the first game of the season for the Vidalia Lady Vikings, and mental errors proved that they have some more work to do.

Neville jumped out to an early lead in the first inning by hitting the ball early and often, and took a 9-4 victory over the Lady Vikings.

Vidalia had some fielding errors and pitch selection problems that allowed the Lady Tigers to load the bases early in the first inning.

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Lauren Carroll began the scoring attack for the Lady Tigers with a bases-loaded single that put Neville up 1-0.

A bases-loaded triple by Pauline Fontana put three more runs up for Neville and then a single by Madeline Techter gave Neville a 5-0 lead over the Lady Vikings.

In the second inning, a sacrifice fly by Mary Sanders would give Vidalia their first run.

Sydney Guidroz then stole home later in the inning to give the Vikings another run, cutting the lead to three.

Vidalia then allowed the Lady Tigers to load the bases again before walking in Kate Elkins to give Neville another run.

“We didn’t make those routine outs when we needed to,” Vidalia head coach Jeanne Hall said.

The Lady Vikings then scored two more runs thanks to Chelsie McElwee and Tori Lemoine stealing home in the inning, but those two runs would be the last for Vidalia in the game.

Neville started out the sixth inning with an infield single by A.C. Thomas to load the bases.

Carroll would then hit a bases loaded single and knock in a run for the Lady Tigers.

Fontana then knocked in another run for Neville to increase the lead to four.

The Lady Tigers scored their final run with Elkins stealing home.

Neville held Vidalia scoreless in the final two innings to take the victory over the Lady Vikings.

“There’s a lot of work for us to do,” Hall said. “We had too many mental errors.”

The next game for Vidalia is in the Menard Tournament this Friday and Saturday.