VHS ends season at Columbus

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 13, 2000

Vicksburg High’s last two games were a microcosm of its season they started with a bang and ended with a fizzle.

The Missy Gators (16-14) lost at Columbus (18-12) in the first round of the playoffs, 10-1 and 12-6, Thursday to end their season.

“We would have one thing go good, then something would go bad,” said VHS coach Josh Harper, whose team started 13-3 but went 3-11 in the second half of the season.

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He lost five starters off the team he started with for various reasons.

Columbus has won 18 of its last 23 after an 0-7 start.

Freshman left-fielder Brandi Parker was a bright spot for VHS, going 5-for-5 on the day and making a running catch to start a triple play in the first inning of the opener.

She threw to Dayna Nugent at second and Nugent threw to Kassidy Dollar at first to let VHS keep a 1-0 lead.

“That gave us some momentum, I thought,” Harper said.

But the Lady Falcons’ came around in the third inning with a pair of runs and the Missy Gators never scored again. VHS had five hits to Columbus’ 11, but also committed five errors. The Lady Falcons played errorless defense.

“We hit the ball hard,” Harper said. But VHS stranded eight, five in scoring position.

“We played better than the final score indicated,” he said.

In the finale, VHS led 2-0 and 4-3 early on an RBI triple by Dana Daigre and a run-scoring double by Amber Landers. Dollar and Parker also had RBI singles.

Columbus outhit VHS 19-15.

Kelsey Hudson went 2-for-2.. Lauren Johnson was 3-for-6 on the day.

Warren Central will host Starkville in a bext-two-of-three series Saturday at 11 a.m.