Cathedral rallies in 7th to top Vidalia, 8-6

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 24, 2017

Cathedral High School rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind to top Vidalia 8-6 in Miss-Lou baseball action Thursday.

Cathedral’s first two batters of the seventh reached base after being hit by a pitch, allowing for the lineup to roll over to the top of the order.

“We fought until the end,” CHS coach Craig Beesley said. “I was glad to see us come back. We didn’t do a good job on the mental side tonight, but hopefully we’ll pick it up.”

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Ben White drove in two runs with a single in the rally, and Caden Poole gave the Green Wave a 7-6 lead with a base hit through the middle.

“We were fortunate enough to get our 8 and 9-hole hitters on base, and when we fortunate enough to get both of them on,” Beesley said. “I knew when we got back to the top, we had a pretty good chance.”

The Vikings had their opportunity in the bottom of the seventh. Vidalia put runners on second and third, but Nick Melton’s line drive in the gap was snared by Cathedral’s Jae Eidt to end the game.

“You can’t let them have free baserunners,” Vidalia coach Mike Norris said. “We hit those two batters at the beginning of the inning, and that set them up. They just got the timely hits. That’s a good ball club, and that’s the reason we want to play them.”

Vidalia entered the frame in full control leading 6-2. The Vikings received a stellar pitching performance from starter Tristan Weatherly, who tossed 5.1 strong innings. The right hander struck out 11 batters and allowed just one earned run.

“Tristan’s our ace. He’s a sophomore, but he doesn’t look like a sophomore out there,” Norris said. “He’s a competitor. He was spotting his pitches well, and when he needed the velocity, he was reaching back for it.”

Added Beesley, “I thought Weatherly did a tremendous job. He shut us down for the first six innings.”

Christian Fort gave the Vikings their four-run advantage with a two-run blast to left in the bottom of the sixth.

However, with just one senior on roster, the Vikings perhaps demonstarted their youth in the game’s final frame.

“They have a lot of baseball experience, but we’re trying to teach them the little things,” Norris said. “We threw a couple of balls away at first (base) early in the game, and gave them some easy runs, and that’s what gave them the game. But this gets us better for our district.”

Vidalia will attempt to reverse its fortune at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Block High School tournament.

Cathedral will also play Saturday at the Lloyd Star Tournament.