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|Vidalia to miss playoffs|
For the first time since 1989, the Vidalia High baseball team will not be competing in the high school playoffs.
But that hasn't kept the Viking team from playing hard.
Vidalia improved its record to 6-17 overall and 4-7 in District 3-3A with a 15-1 win over Bolton Monday in Alexandria.
Vidalia ends its season Thursday at home against Bunkie.
"We still want to end on a positive note," said first-year Viking coach Tim Herndon. "We're playing for pride right now."
Vidalia is seeded No. 43 in the power ratings. The top 32 teams advance to the playoffs.
"It's difficult to move up the second half of the season," Herndon said.
Junior Corey Williams kept Bolton in check in the contest, holding the Bears to one hit, striking out seven and walking two.
"Corey was lights out," Herndon said. "He threw his curveball for strikes. He was spotting his fastball and keeping it away from their hitters. He came through tonight when we really needed one."
Williams, who helped himself with two singles, had a perfect game going into the bottom of the fifth when he walked a batter, struck out the next batter before allowing a single.
Vidalia scored 10 runs in the second inning to give Wiliams more than enough runs.
Levi Brown had two doubles and went 2-for-2. Vidalia also got doubles from Devin Barnes, Jamal Davis, Seth Hughes, Nate Thomas, Caleb Vines and Heath White.
Davis went 2-for-2 while Barnes, Thomas and Vines each were 2-for-3.
Vidalia fell to Avoyelles Parish 9-6 Thursday in Vidalia.
The Viking trailed 8-3 going into the bottom of the fifth.
A double by Devin Barnes brought home Nathan Bozeman, making it 8-4 Vidalia. In the next at-bat, Heath White hit the ball to Gremillion at second. Gremillion tried to turn a double play, but it appeared White was safe at first, which would have scored Jamal Davis and Barnes for Vidalia.
However, the umpire ruled that the Vidalia runner heading to second base interfered with the throw, declaring it to be a double play an ending the inning with Vidalia still trailing 8-4.
"He said our guy had his hands out," Herndon said. "They said that interfered with the second baseman's throw, because it made our guy a wider target.
"I didn't see it, so I wasn't too mad at first, but after talking to some of the other coaches and realizing it would have been 8-6 if he were safe, I got upset. It was a bad call, and it was a real deflator."
Vidalia added another run in the bottom of the sixth when Nate Thomas came in on a fielder's choice by Caleb Vines.
White scored for Vidalia on an error by third baseman Zack Bowman in the bottom of the seventh.
Vines hit a home run in the inning
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