Viking errors cost game against Grant High

Published 6:30 pm Tuesday, March 3, 2020

VIDALIA — Three errors by Vidalia High School helped the Grant High School Cougars to earn a 6-1 victory on Monday night.

An error by Vikings’ Xander Harveston in the second inning led to the Cougars’ first run. Adam Eames and CJ Chatman each committed an error in the game as well.

“It’s just the simple things and it’s not like we’re making errors on tough hit balls,” Michael Norris, Vidalia High head coach said. “We’re not catching fly balls and not taking good paths to the ball. We had mental errors as well. Right now, we’re just not playing Vidalia baseball.”

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The Cougars scored two more runs in the third inning. A passed ball scored Grant High’s Caden Futrell from third. An RBI single by Brady Parker scored the second run in the inning and stretched the Cougars lead to three runs.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Brandon Bozeman hit a single for the Vikings. A batter later, Bozeman stole second and third in the inning. Bozeman scored the Vikings’ lone run on an error by Cougars second baseman Braden Robeau.

Jacob Mercer scored the Cougars’ fourth run with a single to center field in the top of the sixth.

For the Cougars (4-0), Parker pitched six innings and struck out 11 batters. He allowed one run and gave up one hit. Wesley Futrell came in to pitch in the seventh inning and struck out three batters and gave up one hit.

“They [Parker and Futrell] toed the rubber, they battled and they did a great job,” Ashley Mercer, Grant High head coach, said. “Their both great kids and great competitors.”

The Vikings (0-4) managed to hit two singles in the game. Bozeman and Chatman each hit a single in the game.

While the bats were cold, the Vikings’ pitchers struck out nine Cougars’ batters. Peyton Fort led the Vikings with seven strikes in five innings pitched. Fort struck out the three batters in a row in one inning.

“Fort had us off balanced throughout the game,” Ashley Mercer, Grant High head coach, said. “We were able to scratch out some runs and get hits whenever we needed them.”

The Vikings made two double plays in the game. A double play in the top of the fourth prevented the Cougars to score more runs.

Vidalia High will travel to Thibodaux, Louisiana this weekend for two games against Thibodaux High School (5-1). The first game begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Thibodaux High School.