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|Vidalia baseball tradition continues|
A step up in class into a district known for its baseball. And this of a team with only four seniors.
That's three strikes and you are out.
Unless you are the Vidalia High baseball team.
If there is one thing high school baseball teams around the state should know by now, never count out the Vikings.
It would not have surprised me a lot if Vidalia had finished behind Marksville, Buckeye and Bolton.
But look who's sitting at the top with three district games remaining. And that's with it's top returning pitcher missing the first part of the season with an injured shoulder.
If Trey Brasher had been at full strength when district started against Bunkie, I don't believe the Vikings would be sharing first place with Marksville at 5-2 in league play right now.
Vidalia reeled off five straight wins since that loss before falling to Marksville Monday to fall into a tie with Tigers, whom they beat in their first meeting.
Vidalia has Buckeye Thursday, Bolton and Avoyelles remaining on their schedule.
Marksville has Avoyelles, Buckeye and Bunkie.
The Tigers' other loss came to Avoyelles.
There's a reason you take them one game at a time, but I would say chances are good these two teams will finish the year tied for the top spot and will have to have a tiebreaker game to decide who is No. 1 in the district. That would be an incredible 15 straight district championships if the Vikings were able to do the unimaginable and finish on top.
Of course, this year the LHSAA has gone to a new seeding format where the coaches vote on the top 32 seeds for the playoffs. That has to scare you to death if you are a Vidalia fan because you know the Rapides Parish and Avoyelles Parish schools are going to team up against you.
A lot of folks thought this Vidalia team was a year or two away from contending for a district title. A lot of folks don't know the scrappiness of a Johnny Lee Hoffpauir-coached team.
Those signs decorating the baseball field are not window dressing.
Vidalia has been to the playoffs every year since 1980. The last time the Vikings were one-and-done was in 1998 when they lost to St. Frederick (although there's still some debate about that one).
No matter how the Vikings finish up, I wouldn't want to be the team that draws Vidalia in the opening round.
Tradition counts for quite a bit. And the tradition is continuing this year at Vidalia High.
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