Prep baseball roundups: Handjis, Vidalia beat Jena

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, April 10, 2013

VIDALIA — After a rough first inning, William Handjis pitched six straight shutout innings and Roper Craft’s two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning ignited a late rally as the Vidalia Vikings defeated the Jena Giants 7-4 in LHSAA District 3-3A action.

Jena jumped on Handjis in the top of the first inning with four runs and looked ready to take control of the game. But that would not end up being the case. Handjis settled down and that allowed Vidalia to begin its stunning comeback.

The Vikings scored one run each in the bottom of the first and third innings to make a 4-2 game before Craft’s big home run tied the game at 4-all. They took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, which included a solo shot by Dillon Gautreau, and added one run in the bottom of the sixth.

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Handjis helped his cause by going 2-for-4 with a double and Landon Seyfarth went 2-for-4. Demetrious Howard was the losing pitcher for Jena and he went 2-for-3 with a double.

Vidalia (11-7, 3-3) has a 6 p.m. game Thursday at home against Marksville.

Centreville Academy 10,

Parklane Academy 2

MCCOMB — Colby Shaw pitched six and one-third solid innings and Tyler Caston went 4-for-5 with a double as the Centreville Academy Tigers rolled past the Parklane Academy Pioneers Tuesday afternoon.

Shaw allowed two runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts to pick up the win. And he got plenty of run support as the Tigers scored three runs in the top of the second and third innings for a 6-0 lead.

John Marcus McDowell went 2-for-3 and Tyler Duncan was 2-for-4 with a double.

Centreville Academy (14-4) next plays at 6:30 p.m. Friday at home for Senior Night against Parklane Academy.

Silliman Institute 10,

Trinity Episcopal 2

CLINTON, La. — Carter Smith went 2-for-2 with a double for Trinity Episcopal, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Saints fell to the Silliman Institute Wildcats Tuesday afternoon.

By the time Trinity scored both of its runs in the top of the sixth inning, Silliman already had a 9-0 lead on the Saints heading into that inning. The Wildcats had nine hits and took advantage of eight errors.

Hunter Lockhart went 3-for-4 and Brian Siebert was 2-for-4 to lead Silliman at the plate.