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|Strange year in baseball|
What a strange year for baseball it was in Concordia Parish.
Vidalia High won five games in their final at-bat this season and six by one run, all in district.
The Vikings, ranked No. 28, trailed No 4 Iowa 10-4 going into their final at-bat at Iowa Thursday in a first round Class 3A playoff game and almost pulled out another one.
We want even get into the power ratings, because they are so messed up. And I still don't understand why games against Mississippi teams do not count. Vidalia beat one of the top Class 1A teams in Mississippi - Natchez Cathedral - twice, but got no credit for either win in the power ratings.
The Vikings stubbed their toe in their final two games, losing the district championship to Bolton with losses against Bunkie and Buckeye. The Vikings actually beat the district champion twice.
A win in either one of those games would have meant a higher seeding and a different first-round foe.
But the Vikings took what they were handed and battled until the end, which was certainly the trademark of this team.
And you wouldn't expect anything else from a team coached by Johnny Lee Hoffpauir, who is now 477-207 since re-starting the baseball program at Vidalia in 1979.
Meanwhile, over at Monterey, Eric Richard took his Wolf team into a tough district and ended up tied for second in District 6B with Glenmora, a team they swept during the season.
Monterey fell to a tough Downsville team in the opening round.
And hats off to Matt Mason, who had the toughest job of all at Huntington where the guys knew their school was shutting down, but Mason still had them competitive and playing their best baseball at the end of the year.
It wasn't a typical baseball season in the Miss-Lou.
I'm sure you can count on one hand the number of times there has not been a team past the first round in Concordia Parish. But it was still entertaining and local teams were certainly very competitive.
Switching tracks on a final note, I just want to save the Concordia parish School Board and Ferriday High some time by naming their next football coach.
Make that coaches.
I'm nominating those eight or so guys who stand on the fence every game saying who should be in the game, what play should be run and who should be getting the ball.
I don't think those guys have called a bad ballgame yet.
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