Vidalia Classic concludes

Published 12:40 am Sunday, March 9, 2008

VIDALIA — Even though snow forced several of Saturday’s scheduled games at the Vidalia Baseball Classic to be cancelled, the games that were played could be a sign of how the rest of the season may go for some local teams.

Trinity Episcopal 14, ACCS 4

Despite giving up a two-run home run to ACCS’s T.J. Johnson, Matthew Freeman pitched four solid innings as the Saints defeated the Rebels Saturday afternoon.

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Trinity (5-1) scored five runs in the top of the first inning to take the early lead. After Johnson’s home run made it 5-2 at the end of the first inning, the Saints broke the game open with one run in the top of the second and five in the top of the third.

“We picked up some timely hits with runners in scoring position,” Trinity head coach Matt Mason said. “I though we did a good job of two-strike hitting.”

As for Freeman’s performance on the mound, Mason said, “He’s been with the All-Star basketball all week. We wanted to give him some work on the mound today and he had a good outing for us.”

Freeman also went 3-for-4 with a double and Kent King also went 3-for-4 to lead Trinity, which had 10 hits in the game. The defense behind Freeman committed one error, something Mason was very pleased with.

“I think we played well. We had a couple of double plays that helped us out,” Mason said.”

Pineville 5, Cathedral 1

Thanks to some timely hitting, the Rebels scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie as they defeated the Green Wave Saturday afternoon.

Cathedral (3-2) could have easily won the game if it had taken advantage of a couple of golden scoring opportunities in the first two innings of the game.

“The first inning we had the bases loaded and no out, but we could only score one run. The second inning we had runners at first and second with no out, but we couldn’t advance them,” Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. “I like to see us a little more aggressive with the bats.”

Winning pitcher Brandon Albert gave up just the one run in the top of the first and just one hit. Matthew Scott went 2-for-3 and Ralston McGlothlin hit a home run for Pineville.

Cathedral host Salem for a Region 8-1A varsity doubleheader Monday, but the games will be played at the Vidalia Baseball Complex. The first game starts at 4 p.m. with the second game to follow at 6 p.m.