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Green Wave offense on fire against Vidalia

VIDALIA — One shot off the bat of Cathedral’s Collin Hammons was the difference maker for the Green Wave in Saturday night’s 16-5 win at Vidalia.

Hammons came to the plate with the bases loaded with his team already up 3-1 and smashed a grand slam over the centerfield fence to give the Green Wave a six-run lead over the Vikings that they would never relinquish.

Cathedral had little trouble scoring, and would pile on nine more runs later in the game.

Cathedral coach Craig Beesley was pleased with the way his team swung the bats, he said. He was also pleased with the way his reliever, Blake Martin, came in to pitch.

“That’s two good outings for Martin, he’s earning a move into the starting rotation,” Beesley said.

Martin threw four innings for the Green Wave, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked two. Martin did not get the win, however. That went to Tyler Morrison who went three innings and gave up three runs on five hits while striking out two.

The Vikings cut the Cathedral lead to 7-3, in the third, after Caleb Vines scored on a throwing error and Lane Strong walked to bring home Devin Barnes. After that it was all Cathedral.

The Green Wave would add two runs in the fourth, two in the sixth and five more in the seventh to blow the game open. They would finish the night with 17 hits. Cathedral was also able to take advantage of seven Vidalia walks.

Vidalia was led offensively by Vines who went 2-for-4 with a home run in the sixth inning that made the score 11-5, to give the Vikings a little hope before Vidalia’s big seventh inning. He also scored three runs.

“Cathedral just hit the ball well,” Vidalia coach Tim Herndon said, “they earned it.”

“Our defense played well tonight and we were able to put the ball in play some, but that grand slam really hurt us.”

Hammons was not the only player that had a good night offensively for the Green Wave. Rudy Lazarus went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Caleb Upton also scored three runs and went 2-for-4 at the plate.

The game was the second for each team on the day. Vidalia lost their first game to Jena, 12-10. Vidalia’s two losses on the day dropped them to 2-5 on the year.

Cathedral won both of their contests to improve to 4-1 on the year. The Green Wave needed a five-run sixth inning to come back and beat Jena 6-5, before their win over Vidalia.

Saturday’s games were the first for both teams in over a week, and Cathedral’s first since March 1.

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