Vidalia beats NHS 16-0

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 2, 2011

NATCHEZ — The Vidalia Lady Vikings softball team cruised to a 16-0 victory over the Natchez High School Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night in a game featuring multiple extra-base hits by Vidalia.

The Lady Vikings’ Randi Cox was the star Tuesday night, pitching a no-hitter against the Lady Bulldogs.

“Our pitcher threw a great game.I’m pleased,” coach Gary Parnham said. “We got to play a lot of younger players, giving them some varsity action.

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“I felt satisfied with how we played. I’m very pleased with our hitting and how we swung the bats. But I’m not pleased with our base running.”

Vidalia managed 6 extra base hits, four doubles and two triples.

“We’re 4-4 on the season and I’ve seen some good things and some bad things. We have got to be more consistent if we want to win the closer games,” Parnham said.

“Natchez high is a young program and they’re still in the building process,” Parnham said.

Natchez High, despite being a young program and team, is improving in the eyes of second year coach Sharhonda Welch.

“I’ve seen big improvements from out pitcher, Michaela Hutchins,” Welch said. “She’s just a seventh grader.”

Defensively, Welch has seen improvements as well.

“Amiya Jones has stepped up defensively, she has improved her game,” Welch said.

The Lady Bulldogs allowed four runs in the first inning and eight runs in the second. Vidalia earned a few of the hits and runs that were tallied in the first two innings, but coach Welch feels some runs could have been avoided with the opportunities her defense was given.

“Our outfielders just misjudged the ball,” Welch said.

This game was Natchez High’s first game of the season, while it was Vidalia’s eighth. As the season progresses, Natchez will find its identity and fix some of the mental errors. Also, Welch knows they have got to be able to get hits if they want to accumulate runs and she knows how to help her club get better at the plate.

“More practice, more practice,” Welch said.

Natchez High will host McComb Thursday.