Comeback kids at it once again
Published 12:29 am Friday, March 28, 2008
VIDALIA — Call them the comeback kids.
It took the Vikings (9-5, 3-1) nine innings to come back from an early deficit and hand the Bolton Bears a 5-4 District 3-3A loss.
It’s not the first time Vidalia has climbed out of an early hole, having used an eight-run fourth inning to overcome a seven-run deficit against district foe Marksville last week.
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Bolton (8-7, 1-3) took an early 3-1 lead after the second inning, and controlled the entire game until an error by the Bears allowed Vidalia to score a run and tie up the game 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Neither team scored in the seventh and the game was sent into extra innings.
In the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and two outs, Trey Barnes came up to bat looking to give the Vikings the winning run, but Bolton pitcher Grant Millet would be the one to contribute to the cause.
Millet threw a wild pitch past Barnes and Cameron Boyette scored the winning run to send the Bears home packing.
“Our defense held up, we just killed ourselves in the end,” Bolton head coach Jeremy Johnson said.
“A win’s a win,” Vidalia head coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said. “We couldn’t get too many base hits, but our kids played hard and we slipped by.”
Mason Ozburn picked up the win for Vidalia while Grant Millet received the loss for Bolton.
Ozburn pitched all nine innings for the Vikings and collected 14 strikeouts.
“Mason got stronger as the game went on,” Hoffpauir said. “He did a very good job for us.”
Boyette batted 3-for-5 with three singles for Vidalia in the win.
Trey Brasher batted 0-for-1 but picked up three RBIs on three separate sacrifice flies.
Cody Jowers batted 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI for Bolton.
Vidalia plays at home Saturday against Block.