Prep Softball Roundup: Late rallies propel Lady Vikings to victories

Published 12:01 am Sunday, April 6, 2014

VIDALIA — The Vidalia Lady Vikings needed late rallies in both games of a varsity doubleheader to sweep the Franklin Parish Lady Patriots Saturday afternoon at the Concordia Recreation District 3 Complex.

In the first game, Vidalia broke a 1-1 game with what turned out to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Lady Vikings defeated Franklin Parish 2-1.

Winning pitcher Taylor Rodgers went all seven innings and allowed one run on three hits, struck out eight batters and walked only one. Rodgers won a pitcher’s duel with Kassie Shipley, who gave up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

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Vidalia scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning, but Franklin Parish tied the game in the top of the fourth inning. Cassie Gonzales went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple while Savannah McCarver had a double for the Lady Vikings.

In the second game, the Lady Vikings used a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to escape with a 3-2 win over the Lady Patriots.

Once again, Rodgers went the distance, giving up two runs on seven hits and one walk, striking out seven batters. She also helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in.

Vidalia took a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning, but Franklin Parish answered wit two runs in the top of the third inning. After giving up that first-inning run, Kylie McMurray kept the Lady Vikings off the scoreboard until they rallied in the bottom of the sixth.

Katelynn Bertelsen went 2-for-3 with a pair of triples for the Lady Vikings. Franklin Parish was led by Shipley and Riley Erwin, who each went 2-for-3.

Vidalia (10-8) hosts Buckeye at 4 p.m. Monday in LHSAA District 3-3A action.

Franklin County 11, West Marion 0

MEADVILLE — Harley McKay limited West Marion to just two hits, struck out seven and walked two in a complete-game performance as the Franklin County Lady Bulldogs took care the West Marion Lady Trojans 11-0 in five innings Saturday afternoon in an MHSAA Region 7-3A game.

Franklin County gave McKay all the run support she needed in the bottom of the first inning as the Lady Bulldogs put up three runs. However, they were not even close to being done putting the ball in play and adding to their lead.

The Lady Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning, five in the bottom of the third and one more in the bottom of the fourth. Alyssa Case led Franklin County’s 15-hit attack by going 4-for-4 with a triple and four runs batted in. Hayle McKinney went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs while Macy Brabham was 2-for-3 with a triple and one RBI.

Franklin County (9-7, 3-1) next plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tylertown.