Prep baseball round up: Oak Grove defeats Vikings

Published 12:14 am Sunday, April 7, 2019

OAK GROVE, La. — A solo home run by R. Morgan in the bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Oak Grove High School Tigers defeated the Vidalia High School Vikings 1-0 Friday afternoon.

For the most part, this game was a good pitcher’s duel between Oak Grove pitcher Russell (no first name given) and Vidalia’s duo of Dylan LaPrairie and Nick Melton.

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“Dylan and Nick, who came on in the sixth, did everything they had to do get us the win. Our bats were just cold tonight,” Vikings head coach Michael Norris said. “We hit the ball and put it in play. We just didn’t get the hits when we needed them.”

Norris added that Morgan’s home run cleared the fence by just a couple of feet. Meanwhile, Russell held Vidalia to just two base hits — singles by CJ Chatman and Adam Eames. LaPrairie got the start and allowed one run on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks over five and one-third innings. Melton came on in relief and allowed one hit in two-thirds of an inning.

“If you like pitching, it was a good game. The game only took and hour and a half,” Norris said. “Dylan made one mistake. Other than that, he did what we asked him to do.”

Morgan went 2-for-3 while D. Clement was 3-for-3 with a double to combine for all five of Oak Grove’s base hits.

Vidalia (12-8) plays host to Peabody High School today at 12 p.m.

Central Private takes

doubleheader from ACCS

CENTRAL, La. — The final scores of Friday afternoon’s varsity doubleheader between Adams County Christian School and Central Private School were not nearly as lopsided as Central Private’s decisive 29-8 win over ACCS last Tuesday night.

Still, Central Private did prevail over ACCS to remain undefeated in MAIS District 5-AAA. The host Rebels defeated the visiting Rebels from Natchez 6-0 in Game 1 and 12-0 in five innings in Game 2.

And in both games, Central Private put on a pitching clinic. Gabe Spedale struck out 16 batters and allowed just one hit, a single by Connor Aplin in complete-game performance in Game 1. Trip Flotte gave up just one hit in Game 2, a Rhet McDonald single, in his five innings of work.

In the first game, Central Private only led ACCS 1-0 after three innings of play before scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Spedale helped his cause by going 2-for-4 with a double while Cole Birdsong and Colby Gwin each went 2-for-3 with a double.

Nolan Owens was charged with the loss after allowing six runs, all of them earned, on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts as he, too, went the distance.

The host Rebels put up seven runs in the bottom of the second inning in Game 2 to open up a 9-0 lead that the visiting Rebels could not overcome. Central Private scored one run in the bottom of the fourth inning and two runs in the bottom of the fifth to run-rule ACCS.

Spedale as well as Mike Friedman hit home runs for Central Private, which had 12 hits in the second game. Friedman and Spedale each went 2-for-3, as did Birdsong. Tucker Tourel was 3-for-4 with a triple.

ACCS (6-8, 0-6) plays host to Cathedral High School on Tuesday, April 9 with the JV game at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m.

Natchez High at Jim Hill cancelled

JACKSON — Natchez High School’s varsity doubleheader at Jim Hill High School that was scheduled to take place Friday afternoon has been cancelled due to the heavy rain that hit the capital city Thursday afternoon and will probably not be rescheduled.

And as it turns out, Natchez High will indeed play host to MHSAA Region 6-5A rival Forest Hill High School at Chester Willis Field on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in a make-up game. The Bulldogs are currently 8-4 overall and 5-2 in region play.

Monterey at Kilbourne cancelled

KILBOURNE, La. — The rough weather that hit the Miss-Lou region on Thursday forced the cancellation of Monterey High School’s varsity-only, non-district game at Kilbourne High School that was to take place Friday afternoon.

Monterey is scheduled to host another non-district opponent in Georgetown High School in a varsity game on Monday, April 8 at 4 p.m.