Vidalia 13s and 14s win again

Published 12:01 am Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kacie Kieffer, left, tries to tag Vidalia’s Katelynn Bertelsen during their softball game Wednesday afternoon at the Vidalia softball fields. (Eric Shelton \ The Natchez Democrat)

vidalia — The Vidalia 13- and 14-year-old All-Stars have breezed through the opening two rounds of the Little League state tournament after an impressive performance in an 11-1 win Wednesday night over Winn Parish.

Vidalia made the most of 10 hits and a dominating pitching performance from starter Macy Greer to make it to the final round of the double-elimination tournament tonight. Vidalia, who beat Blanchard 18-0 in the first round, will have to lose twice to be eliminated.

The winner of the state tournament will head to the regional tournament in Midland, Texas.

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“Overall we did a good job (tonight),” coach Micah Hughes said. “We started out a little slow. We still have some things we need to work on. But (the win) feels good. I know the girls are excited about the possibility of going to Texas.”

Vidalia put up three runs in both the first and third innings to build a 6-0 lead. While they were building that lead, Greer kept Winn Parish off the board by piling up 10 strikeouts in just four innings of work.

Greer did not allow a run and gave up just three hits in the win. Paige Bryan pitched the final two innings for Vidalia.

Hughes said despite her performance, Greer did not have her best night and struggled a bit with location, but her stuff caused problems for the Winn Parish hitters.

Vidalia added runs in the fourth and fifth innings to make its lead 8-0, before Winn Parish scored its lone run in the top of the sixth.

Vidalia was able to manage three runs in the bottom of the sixth off hits by Taylor Rodgers and Micahla Hughes to build a 10-run lead and end the game.

Micah said it was nice to win another game by the 10-run rule.

“It feels good, real good (to win by 10-runs),” he said. “We have a great group of girls who are very talented. We kind of expect it, and want it for every game we play.”

Nikki Harbor led Vidalia on offense, going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. Karlee Woodruff and Hughes added two hits each, and Gentry McDonald also tripled for Vidalia.

Micah said Vidalia would play the team that survives the loser’s bracket. They will either face Winn Parish, Blanchard or Alexandria, and the team has had success against all three potential opponents, he said.

“Our main goal is to stay focused and not get over-confident, if we do that we should be fine,” he said.

Vidalia Little League Softball league president Greg Young said he was very proud of the way the 13s and 14s performed, and the success of the Vidalia All-Star teams shows the progress of the league.

“It’s just our second year in fast-pitch, and we have well over 400 girls (in the league),” he said. “It has been an experience for each player, parent and spectator, and they are amazed at the progress.”