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Baseball roundups: Errors costly in Viking loss

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. — What should have been an easy out to start the bottom of the fifth inning turned into a game-changing error that led to West Feliciana’s five-run rally.

The Saints also got run-scoring triples from Duvik and Cobb as they turned a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 lead and held off the Vikings’ last-inning comeback attempt for a 6-4 win Tuesday night.

“They hit a pop-up and we misplayed it in the infield and that opened up the floodgates,” Vidalia head coach Tim Herndon said. “Our two errors were in that inning. They put two triples together. That’s basically where they got all their runs. They scored four runs before we had an out.”

West Feliciana scored one run in the bottom of the first inning to take the early lead. However, Vidalia responded with two runs of its own in the top of the second inning. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Duvik and Vikings’ starting pitcher Lane Strong over the next two and a half innings before the Saints rallied to take the lead for good.

“They had three or four of their nine hits in that inning. Our pitcher pitched good, but it just didn’t happen. We played good defense,” Herndon said referring not only to the bottom of the fifth, but Strong’s performance on the mound as well.

“Their left-hander on the mound (Duvik) is a good pitcher. They’re a good ball club. We left some guys on base, but the left-handed kid struck out the side twice,” Herndon added.

Duvik ended up striking out nine batters in five innings and went 2-for-3 while Cobb was 2-for-4. Vidalia also hurt its own cause by leaving nine batters on base, with four of them being in scoring position.

The Vikings had one last chance for a rally in top of the seventh, but the two runs they scored were not enough. Heath White and Seth Hughes each had a double.

Vidalia (1-3) plays host to Peabody Thursday with the junior varsity game at 4 p.m. and the varsity game at 6 p.m.

Block 12, Harrisonburg 2 (5 innings)

JONESVILLE, La. — Cody Herrington and Preston Bowman combined to go 6-for-8 with three doubles as the Block Bears took care of the Harrisonburg Bulldogs Tuesday night.

The game was originally scheduled to take place at Harrisonburg, but renovations at that school’s baseball field forced the game to be moved to Jonesville. And that meant Block ended up being the visiting team on its home field.

Even though Block got off to a better start in this game than it did in its comeback win at Grace Christian just 24 hours earlier, head coach Stevie McCarthy still wasn’t pleased with how the Bears played in the early innings.

“We scored every inning, but not like I wanted them to. They need to come to the ball field ready to play ball. They’ve got to play better than that. When we come to district, we can’t wait until the third or fourth inning to stat hitting the ball,” McCarthy said.

Herrington was the winning pitcher and helped his own cause by going 3-for-4 with two doubles. He had an up-and-down outing in his two innings on the mound as he gave up two runs on two hits, struck out two and walked two. Bowman had a double and also went 3-for-4.

Block scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but Harrisonburg responded with one run in the bottom of the first. Each team scored a run in the second inning, giving the Bears a 3-2 lead heading.

The Bears started putting some distance between themselves and the Bulldogs with two runs in the top of the third inning. McCarthy made a pitching change and went with Will Hawthorne in relief of Herrington.

“Will Hawthorne came in and really shut them down,” McCarthy said. Did he ever.

Hawthorne pitched two and two-thirds innings of no-hit, no-run ball and struck out four batters.

Block (3-2) scored four runs in the top of the fourth and put the 10-run rule in effect by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth.

The Bears return to action Thursday at the Monterey Tournament and will take on the host Wolves at 4 p.m.

Monterey at Jonesboro-Hodge postponed

MONTEREY — Monterey’s varsity baseball game at Jonesboro-Hodge in Jonesboro, La., that was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon has been postponed due to the Jonesboro-Hodge’s boys’ basketball team having a Class 2A playoff game Tuesday night. The baseball game will now be played at 4 p.m. today.

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