Sixth-inning blues: Vidalia unravels late in game, falls to Marksville, 12-1

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 30, 2016

VIDALIA — Marksville High School exploded for eight runs in the top of the sixth inning en route to a 12-1 win over Vidalia High School in LHSAA District 3-3A baseball action Tuesday.

“It didn’t turn out to be a good day,” Vidalia coach Kale Davis said.

Chandler Grayson started for Vidalia and tossed three innings. The senior right-handed hurler struck out six batters and allowed just earned run.

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“His effort was pretty solid,” Davis said. “It’s just tough right now. We’re on a (losing) skid, so we’re trying to find the right fit and see if we can get it stopped.”

The Tigers (4-12, 1-2) took control of the game after scoring two runs in the third and one more in the fourth to go ahead 4-1.

Vidalia (7-5, 0-3) started the game strong by jumping out to a 1-0 lead after one inning.

Senior left fielder Trey Lowery led the game off with a single and quickly advanced to third following Grayson’s double. Lowery scored after Cole Cangemi recorded a sacrifice fly to deep left field. But the Vikings managed just two hits the rest of the way.

“We’re definitely going to have to get the bats going,” Davis said. “That’s been one of the things (that’s hurt us). We came out (strong), and I thought it was going to keep rolling, but it just died off. It’s just about getting the momentum and keeping the momentum going.

Vidalia will have a quick turnaround as it is set to host Delhi Charter today. First pitch is set for approximately 2 p.m.

“We’re just going to roll it back over,” Davis said. “We have to have a short-term memory. We’re going to have to come and get something going early, momentum wise and stick to it.

“There’s always another game. There’s always another day.”