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|Vikings fall to E.D. White|
Vidalia coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir talked about missed opportunities coming back to haunt his team in its playoff win Thursday against Iowa.
They didn't, as the Vikings pulled out an 8-7 win.
But missed opportunities were a big part of the Vikings' 11-4 loss to E.D. White on Tuesday.
Caleb Vines led off the game with a single and walked, but a double play and a hard line drive right at the E.D. White left fielder by Jake DeWeese kept the Vikings scoreless in the top of the first.
The Cardinals scored their first run in the bottom of the inning, scoring on an errant throw to third base that otherwise would have nailed the E.D. White runner moving on the play.
Vidalia left eight runners on base, including four who were in scoring position, recording four runs on 10 hits. The Vikings also left the bases loaded in the sixth inning.
Vidalia tied the game in the second inning as John Brixey, after fouling off four straight pitches, drilled a pitch over the right field fence for a solo shot.
Vidalia pitcher Mason Ozburn kept the Cardinals off balance the first few innings.
"The Ozburn kid was lights out early," said E.D. White head coach Shane Trosclair. "We weren't picking the ball out of his hands well. We were just able to take advantage of some early mistakes and got a couple of runs."
Vidalia missed an opportunity for at least two runs in the fifth as Cardinal centerfielder John Daigle made a diving catch of the ball off the bat of Vines with runners at second and third to end the inning.
"I think that diving catch was the turning point," Trosclair said. "And then we had the two-run home run (Drew Fields) and was able to put the game away. But we got lucky the first three or four innings. I knew Vidalia would be well prepared. Coach Hoffpauir has been around a long time and he's a great guy."
Vidalia's final two runs came on a mammoth home run by DeWeese in the bottom of the seventh.
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