Offensive struggles continue for Vidalia

Published 12:01 am Friday, August 10, 2012

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. — The struggles on offense continued for the Vidalia Little League Senior All-Stars in Thursday’s World Series game against Florida.

Vidalia outhit Florida 7-4, but a lack of timely hitting doomed the 15- and 16-year-old all-stars as they fell 4-1 to the Southeast regional champions.

“We just didn’t hit the ball like we’re capable of,” Hughes said. “When we did hit the ball, it was right at them. The pitching was great, and we played great defense, we just couldn’t get any hitting going. We left runners on base almost every inning.”

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Even though his girls made good contact, Hughes said it was bad luck that plagued them more than anything.

“In fastpitch, it’s hard to place the ball right where you want it,” Hughes said. “It goes where it goes. Unfortunately, it was right at them tonight.”

Paige Bryan went 2-for-3 with a double, and Karlee Woodruff and Taylor Rodgers both doubled for Vidalia. Macy Greer took the loss.

Vidalia has one more game left to play, likely against Guam, Hughes said. Going out and having fun is the most important thing for the Vidalia girls at this point, he added.

“We’re out of the run for the championship, but we can still place as high as fifth in the world, which is pretty darn good in my book,” Hughes said. “We just have to keep hitting the ball, and it will eventually find holes.”