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Vidalia uses big inning to cruise in win

VIDALIA — After scratching and clawing to secure a 1-0 victory against Caldwell Parish Tuesday night, the (4-1) Vidalia Lady Vikings used a 13-run inning to propel a 15-1 win against Marksville.

The difference between handing out a double-digit blowout and being on the receiving hand of one was solid defense and dominant pitching.

“We did so many defensive drills during the first part of the season, and I told the girls that we were going to work them until they’re blue in the face, and they got tired of them,” Vidalia head coach Forrest Foster said. “But our defense has been phenomenal.”

A day after Taylor Rodgers threw a no-hitter against Caldwell Parish, Rodgers stepped back inside the circle, this time giving up only two hits in four innings pitched. Rodgers gave up a walk and a single in the first inning, battling a heavy downpour in the early goings.

“My feet were sticking,” Rodgers said. “My cleats were getting all nasty, but I got used to it.”

But Rodgers regrouped, and with two Marksville runners on, Rodgers went on to strike the next two Lady Tiger batters, ending the top of the first.

Sloppy play — seven errors committed, 13 batters walked and one batter hit by a pitch — provided the Lady Vikings an opportunity to turn a 2-1 game into a 15-1 game in the course of an inning.

Mallory Wheeler led off the fourth inning with a single before an error put Katlyn McCarver on base, setting the table for an RBI single by Taylor Yates. Two batters later, Katelyn Bertleson hit a two-RBI single. After Rodgers walked, Kaitlyn Temple drilled a two-RBI double, before consecutive walks and errors piled on one run after another in the 13-run inning.

After the Lady Vikings batted around twice, Vidalia elected to switch sides. Cassie Gonzales relieved Rodgers in the fifth and after getting a 1-2-3 inning, the Lady Vikings sealed the victory.

“Overall, I’m pleased with how we played,” Foster said. “We had good base running, and our defense was solid. We’ve got to get the bats going, but it’ll come.”

 

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