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|Vikings a team of destiny?|
Team of destiny?
OK, nobody in the stands at Vidalia High's baseball games are going to start yelling, "Who Dat?"
Well, nobody who is looking at this team without rose-colored glasses, that is.
When your pitching is shaky to start with, and then your best thrower breaks his ankle prior to the season-opener playing a pick-up basketball game, just reaching the playoffs is a modest goal.
Mason Ozburn was not only the Vikings' best pitcher, but he is also one of the top hitters and fielders on the team.
So how in the world is this team 4-1 through the first round of district play?
Bolton High started out district with a 9-6 win over Marksville, followed by a 6-3 win over Buckeye, 9-7 thriller over Jena, 7-1 pasting of Bunkie and 10-4 win over Avoyelles.
So sitting at 5-0 in district and having Vidalia, coming off its first district loss, a 15-5 debacle for its first district loss against Marksville, the Bears had to be feeling they could do some real damage to the Viking season.
Vidalia trailed 9-4 on the road at Bringhurst Field and most teams would have been ready to board the bus.
But the Vikings hung in there and sent the game into extra innings, winning in the 10th.
Saturday, Vidalia trailed Bunkie 11-6 before mounting a huge comeback and winning in the bottom of the seventh.
There's just something about this team. I certainly can't use the term Junkyard Dog because I would have every Ferriday High graduate and current student breathing down my neck, but this team reminds me a bit of that with the way they just keep fighting and fighting no matter how ugly it looks and not giving up until the final out.
Maybe some kind of reference to Jim Bowie would be appropriate.
Bowie certainly wasn't fundamentally sound, but he scraped and clawed until he come out on top.
And I truly believe the Vidalia tradition has a lot to do with it.
Johnny Lee Hoffpauir has had his Vikings in the playoffs year in and year out and a dugout full of district titles.
When other teams see that team dressed out in blue start coming back, you have to believe they are thinking about that Viking tradition.
You know, the Vikings were known for the way they would use any means possible to defeat their enemies.
Maybe we will just leave it at that.
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