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|Vikings get key district wins|
They call him "Turtle" but Vidalia senior Seth Thompson was moving anything but slow coming through in the clutch for the Vikings Saturday, delivering a 2-run double to the fence in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Vidalia a 12-11 win over Bunkie Saturday in Vidalia.
The win improved the Vikings to 4-1 in District 3-3A play.
"We were fortunate to win," said Vidalia coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir, who was ejected from the game in the sixth inning. "We just can't count on winning games like this. We had five errors in one inning. But it was still a big win and keeps us in the race."
Vidalia trailed 11-10 in the seventh when Trey Lillie walked an moved to second on an infield hit by Caleb Vines.
Lillie was picked off second on a questionable call. Vines then stole second and Seth Thompson walked.
Both runners moved up before Thompson delivered his game-winning hit.
In the top of the sixth, with runners on first and second, Thompson had what was thought to be three balls on him when the next pitch was outside. Thompson began walking to first base.
"He got about three-quarters of the way there when the umpire said that was only three balls," Hoffpauir said. "I screamed at the other players to get on their bags. I then went and questioned the umpire, who said he had a 3-1 count. I have no idea where the strike came from."
Hoffpauir became more outraged when the umpire said the runners had to go back to their bases.
"He said I called time out which I never did," Hoffpauir said. "That should have been like a double steal. "
Hoffpauir questioned the umpire in the infield about the count.
"He said he had 3-1, but he didn't even have a clicker," Hoffpauir said. "I asked him three times if he really knew the count, and he finally told me he did not."
That's when Hoffpauir approached the home plate umpire and told him he was going to have to throw him out to get him off the field. The Viking manager tossed his hat and covered the plate in dirt before being tossed out himself.
Viking fans and players responded as the noise level rose and so did the Viking offense, which outscored Bunkie 6-0 from that point for the win.
Vidalia scored four runs in the sixth inning as B.J. Neely doubled in Thompson and John Brixey.
Neely stole third and scored the fourth run of the inning. Vidalia scored three runs in the bottom of the second on a triple by Jamale Davis and an RBI single by Thompson.
Vidalia's Ben Parnham had an RBI on a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the third, giving Vidalia a 4-3 lead after three.
Thompson got the start for Vidalia, going five innings and giving up nine runs. Lillie got the win after pitching a scoreless seventh inning.
Vidalia hosts Jena Thursday and welcomes Buckeye on Saturday.
Seth Thompson singled in Caleb Vines in the top of the 10th and shut down Bolton in the bottom of the 10th to give Vidalia a hard-earned 11-10 win over the Bears Thursday at Bringhurst Field in Alexandria.
The loss was the first District 3-3A loss for Bolton, which had won its first five game in district.
"That was big for us," said Vidalia coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir. "That is our second win on the road (Jena) and brought Bolton back down to the pack."
Bolton went up 2-0 in the first inning before Vidalia took a 3-2 lead in the third.
Bolton scored six runs in the fifth inning as Corey Williams shut down the Bears for two innings.
John Brixey then delivered a grand slam in the top of the sixth to bring Vidalia to within 9-8.
Vidalia scored two runs in the top of the seventh, and Thompson came in for relief and gave up one run.
Vines walked with two outs in the 10th, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball before Thompson's base hit.
"We were fighting a lot of obstacles," Hoffpauir said. "B.J. Neely was out wth an injury and we had to use a lot of pitching. We made a number of mistakes, but outhit them. We had 14 hits. They started a guy who throws in the 80s who is a prospect."
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