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|Vidalia falls short against Iowa|
Iowa scored seven runs in the fourth inning and held off a traditional late rally by Vidalia to defeat the Vikings 10-8 in a Class 3A first round playoff contest at Iowa Thursday.
Vidalia finishes its season at 15-10.
"This team overcame a lot with injuries and the early rain," said Vidalia High coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir. "I am really going to miss this senior bunch. "These kids have been some of the finest I have ever coached. I sat there a long time after that game looking at the scoreboard because it was a good description of this team. They never quit. We could have won this game, but for some reason over the last three years the fourth inning has been like a horror movie."
Iowa scored one run in the bottom of the first inning, but the Vikings tied the game in the top of the second with a run.
The Vikings took a 4-1 lead in the third inning behind a Mason Ozburn home run and held that lead until the bottom of the fourth when the Yellow Jackets plated seven runs.
"We took advantage of a couple of walks and had some key bunts and hits in the inning," said Iowa coach Sean Richard.
Iowa added two runs in the sixth for a 10-4 lead going into the seventh inning.
Vidalia, which has won five games in their final at-bat this season and six by one run, scratched out four runs with two outs, but came up two runs short.
Seth Barlow singled, Caleb Vines walked, Seth Thompson doubled and John Brixey delivered a two-run single.
"We had done our homework, we knew they won a bunch of district games in walk-off fashion," Richard said. "We've seen those seniors three straight years. We knew what they were about. They compete. Vidalia has a very good team."
"It was just another gutsy performance from our guys," Hoffpauir said. "They have never been intimidated. They went down fighting."
It was the third straight year that Vidalia High faced Iowa in a Class 3A first round playoff game.
Madison Lachney got the win.
"It was good to win that first game and get some playoff experience for some of our young guys who had never won a playoff game," Richard said.
Iowa plays Eunice today (Wednesday).
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