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Vikings pitching vital in win over Adams County Christian School

NATCHEZ — In a rainy night, Vidalia High and Adams County Christian School combined for 33 runs in the game on Monday.

Vidalia High’s freshmen pitchers helped earn the 19-14 win over ACCS.

Peyton Fort and Jacob Spears, two freshmen for the Vikings, came up huge for Vidalia.

Fort started the game for the Vikings. He pitched five innings, gave up two earned runs and struck out six batters.

“Fort competed his tail off for the win,” said Michael Norris, Vidalia baseball head coach. “He did a great job.”

Jacob Spears came in for the Vikings with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning.

At first, it was a shaky start for Spears as he walked two ACCS batters. But after the walks, Spears struck out two batters in a row and left three Rebels on base.

Spears came into the bottom of the seventh and retired two batters on nine pitches. Spears finished the game with two strikeouts, four walks and gave up one hit on one-and-two thirds innings pitched.

“Spears and Fort came into the game in crucial spots for us,” Norris said. “That’s good experience for them. Spears came in and threw strikes for the most part. In rainy conditions, that’s not the easiest thing to do.”

The Vikings’ big inning at the plate came in the top of the sixth inning. Vidalia High hit three doubles and a home run.

With three Vikings on base, Brett Walsworth hit three run home run to left field.

“I wasn’t really trying to hit it out. I was just trying to get some insurance runs for the team,” Walsworth said. “We needed more runs.”

Spears finished the top of the sixth with a double to left field, scoring two more Vikings. Vidalia scored six runs in the sixth inning.

“I thought it was a good inning,” Walsworth said. “We finally came together as a team in that inning and showed what we can do at the plate. We were having good approaches at the plate all night.”

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Rebels scored eight runs. Four of the eight runs were by walks. The other four runs were a RBI double by Tripp Cotten, a RBI single by Alex Patterson and an error by a Vidalia player.

“We had a plan going into the inning just to be patient and try to be selective on pitches we could drive,” said Jake Winston, ACCS head baseball coach. “Vidalia High’s pitchers struggled and it was a little wet out there. We were just patient at the plate and we took what we were given in the inning.”

The Rebels attempted to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh. A Rebels triple by Cody Brown helped cut the Vikings’ lead to five runs. But it wasn’t enough to win the game for ACCS.

Vidalia High (2-6) will finish its four-game road trip with a game against the Grace Christian Warriors (5-2) at 4:30 p.m. today.

Adams County (2-2) will begin a three-game road trip with the first game on March 16 against Amite School Center.