Lady Vikings win in opener

Published 12:50 am Friday, March 7, 2008

VIDALIA — Two runs in the bottom of the first inning was all the run support Vidalia pitcher Brittany Whittington needed as she shut down Buckeye in a complete-game effort as the Lady Vikings took a 2-1 win in their District 3-3A opener Thursday afternoon.

Vidalia got a run-scoring single by Kassi Randall and then Mary Katherine Golden was credited with an RBI despite getting on first base by an error to give the Lady Vikings a 2-0 lead at the end of the first inning.

Buckeye pitcher T. Deville then held Vidalia scoreless the rest of the game, but the Lady Panthers managed just one run off Whittington, and that was in the top of the second inning.

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“It was a good game defensively by both team,” Vidalia head coach Jeannie Hall said. “We out-hit them the first inning. My pitcher was on. She made them pop up a lot. We had our defense going. We just had everything going our way.”

Even though the two teams combined for 12 hits in the game, both Whittington and Deville did their thing on the mound to keep it a low-scoring game.

“I figured it was going to be a close ball game, and it was,” Hall said.

Chelsie McElwee and Katlyn Wilson each had two hits to lead Vidalia.

Harrisonburg 7, Monterey 4 (8 innings)

MONTEREY, La. — Just when it looked like Monterey was on its knocking off Harrisonburg from the ranks of the undefeated, the Lady Bulldogs rallied late to defeat the Lady Wolves Thursday afternoon.

Harrisonburg (6-0) scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings and then scored four run in the top of the eighth to cap off the come-from-behind win.

Monterey pitcher Holli Clay did her best on the mound and at the plate to give the Lady Wolves an opportunity to win the game. She pitched six shutout innings before the Lady Bulldogs started their rally and she went 2-for-4. Ellen Bairnsfather had a triple and Taylor Morace also went 2-for-4.

The Lady Wolves (3-5) scored broke a scoreless game with two runs in the bottom of the third inning and added another run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-0 lead.

Harrisonburg’s nine-hit attack was led by winning pitcher K. Johnson, who went 2-for-4 with a double.

Vicksburg 10, Cathedral 3

VICKSBURG — After giving up two runs in the top of the first inning, Vicksburg pitcher K. Shelby settled down and kept Cathedral’s batters off balance as the Missy Gators defeated the Lady Green Wave Thursday night.

Vicksburg scored 10 unanswered runs after Cathedral (2-6) jumped out to the early lead. The Missy Gators took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the first, followed by one in the bottom of the second, two in the bottom of the fourth and four in the bottom of the fifth.

A couple of Cathedral errors helped keep a couple of innings going and allowed Vicksburg to score four runs. The Lady Green Wave committed six errors in the game.

Shelby gave up just five hits in the complete-game victory while C. Bryant led Vicksburg at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a double.

Anna Huffines and Amanda Richardson each hit a double for the Lady Green Wave.