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|Vidalia fighting for title|
It's been an up and down year for the Vidalia High baseball team.
But just when you get ready to count this team out, they bounce back and show they plan on making a battle out of it to the very end.
In the most dramatic win of the season Monday - and probably the most critical - Trey Lillie's infield hit in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Vikings a come-from-behind 6-5 win over Bolton to keep the Vikings a game back in the loss column behind Bunkie and Marksville, who meet Thursday in Bunkie.
"I went through a couple of bottles of Maalox when I got home," said Vidalia High coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir. "The kids scrapped and scrapped."
Vidalia trailed 5-4 going into the bottom of the seventh when John Brixey led off with a double, pinch-runner Jamal Davis moved to third on a passed ball and Ben Parnham walked.
Seth Barlow reached on an infield hit and Parnham moved to third to set up Lillie's game-winning hit.
Vidalia improved to 10-11 overall and 5-3 in district. Bunkie is 7-2, while Marksville is 5-2.
"We just have to take care of our own business," Hoffpauir said.
Mason Ozburn had his best outing of the season, allowing three hits over seven innings.
Two of those hits were home runs by Chris Vianche and Christian Extine.
"Mason kept us in the game with his performance on the mound," Hoffpauir said
Vidalia took a 2-1 lead in the second when two runs scored on a sacrifice bunt by Lillie.
Trailing 4-3, Vidalia regained the lead with four straight walks and a sacrifice fly by Ozburn.
Both runs came as a result of a squeeze play in which Parnham scored and Barlow came around from second base to also score on the play.
"That was heads-up right there and really got us pumped up," Hoffpauir said.
B.J. Neely also doubled for the Vikings.
Vidalia defeated Buckeye 10-5 on Thursday.
DeWeese got the win and also had two doubles.
Parnham had a double and single, while Caleb Vines had two singles and walked twice.
Lillie also singled.
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