Weatherly hits for the cycle, Leblanc throws two-hitter in Vidalia’s win over Block

Published 12:43 pm Friday, March 29, 2024

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JONESVILLE, La. — Kinsley Leblanc held Block High School to just two hits and struck out eight batters while Piper Weatherly hit for the cycle as the Vidalia High School Lady Vikings rolled to a 19-1 win over the Lady Bears in five innings last Thursday afternoon.

Kinsley Leblanc pitched all five innings and gave up just one run in the bottom of the fourth inning and walked only one batter to pick up the win for Vidalia, which extended its winning streak to three in a row after a seven-game losing streak.

Lady Vikings head coach James Thomas described Kinsley’s performance on the mound as “solid.”

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“When you have the strikeouts she had and only walk one batter through five innings, that’s a solid day on the mound,” Thomas said.

Vidalia scored three runs in the top of the first inning and five runs in the top of the second for an early 8-0 lead. After a scoreless third inning, the Lady Vikings plated six runs in the top of the fourth inning for a 14-0 lead before Block scored its only run in the bottom of the fourth to trail 14-1.

The Lady Vikings then run-ruled the Lady Bears by scoring five runs in the top of the fifth inning. Kinsley then kept the home team off the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth.

Another thing Thomas had to be thrilled about was how well Vidalia’s defense played. The Lady Vikings committed just one error against Block. And that was something he said had plagued his team in recent weeks.

“We had very few errors, which have contributed to our losses. Overall, it was a very good defensive and offensive game for the Lady Vikings. We hit the ball better than we have the past couple of games,” Thomas said.

Indeed they did. As a team, the Lady Vikings pounded out 16 base hits. And Piper Weatherly led the way at the plate by going 4-for-4. Hallie Weatherly, Piper’s sister, had a good day at the plate herself as she went 3-for-4. 

Kinsley Leblanc helped her cause by going 2-for-4 with a triple while her sister Allie Leblanc was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. Ella Grace Smith was 2-for-4 with a triple.

  1. Coldiron (no first name given) was charged with the loss on the mound for the Lady Bears.

Vidalia (10-16, 1-2 in LHSAA District 2-2A) plays host to Franklin Parish High School at 5 p.m. Monday at the Concordia Parish Recreation District 3 Complex before traveling to Bastrop, La. to take on the Beekman Charter School Lady Tigers in the Lady Vikings’ district finale at either 5 or 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“They’re playing Sicily Island (High School) before they play us because of a rainout,” Thomas said about Beekman Charter.

Block (5-11) returns to LHSAA District 4-1A play next Tuesday when the Lady Bears travel to Ferriday to take on the Delta Charter School Lady Storm at 5 p.m. Block is currently 2-2 in district play while Delta Charter is 9-14 overall and 4-0 in district game.