Prep softball roundups: Errors, lack of key hits dooms Vidalia in 8-3 loss

Published 12:01 am Saturday, March 16, 2013

JENA, La. — The Vidalia Lady Vikings outhit Natchitoches Central 13 to six, but they couldn’t deliver the key hits as the Lady Chiefs came away with an 8-3 win Friday afternoon at the Jena Tournament.

Five costly errors made matters worse for Vidalia as it fell to 8-6 on the season.

Natchitoches Central scored two runs in the top of the first inning and held its 2-0 lead until Vidalia scored one run in the bottom of the third inning. Both teams scored one run in the fifth inning to make it a 3-2 game and the game was still in doubt until the Lady Chiefs scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning for an 8-2 lead.

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Even though Taylor Rodgers was the losing pitcher, allowing eight runs on six hits with eight strikeouts, she hammered three doubles and went 3-for-4 with one run batted in. Megan Naquin was 3-for-3 with one RBI. Katelynn Bertelsen was 2-for-4 with a double. The Lady Vikings also got doubles from Laura Perilloux and Mallory Wheeler.

Vidalia plays at 11 a.m. today, though an opponent has not been decided, and again at 2 p.m. against Block.

Franklin County drops two at Clarkdale Tournament

MERIDIAN — The Franklin County Lady Bulldogs lost a tough game to the Enterprise Clark Lady Bulldogs 4-1 and then were routed by the D’Iberville Lady Warriors 18-0 in three innings Friday afternoon at the Clarkdale Spring Fling Tournament hosted at Northeast Park.

In Game 1, Enterprise Clarke took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning and maintained that lead until Franklin County struck for one run in the top of the sixth. However, the Lady Bulldogs rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Emily Roberts was the winning pitcher as she allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out 12 batters in seven innings. Emilee Wallace came in to pitch the sixth inning for Franklin County and gave up three runs, one earned, on three hits in her one inning. Harley McKay got the start and allowed one run on two hits, struck out one and hit one batter in three innings. Emily Smith relieved her and gave up just one hit and struck out one in two innings.

Game 2 was not nearly as competitive as the first game. D’Iberville collected 14 hits and took advantage of six Franklin County errors. Among those hits were two outside-the-park home runs by Katie Davis, who finished 2-for-3.

McKay was charged with the loss and she had one of the Lady Bulldogs’ two hits in the game. Macy Brabham had the other base hit.

Franklin County (0-8-2) plays at 10:30 a.m. today against Germantown and at 3 p.m. against Bibb County (Ala.).