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Johnson’s blast lifts Lady Vikes

[9/26/03]Cookie Johnson was a monster for Warren Central.

Johnson hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh Thursday night to give the Lady Vikes a 6-5 victory over Madison Central.

“I just swung with all my might and I was praying I would hit it so we can at least get a base hit,” Johnson said. “The Lord did more and it went over, and we got the win.”

Keisha Blue walked to lead off the inning before Johnson sent her shot over the left-center field fence of Lady Vikes Field and was greeted by a swarm of teammates at home plate.

“Very seldom do we have people hit it out of this field,” WC coach Lucy Young said. “It’s pretty deep to that mid-section there. She took the perfect pitch and got her whole power on it.”

Madison Central jumped ahead early with a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third.

In the top of the third, the Lady Jaguars brought in four runs, helped by a pair of Warren Central errors.

Warren Central then began to chip away on offense while holding strong on defense as Madison Central went down in order over the final four innings.

The Lady Vikes took one run back in the bottom half when Blue hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Amanda Doyle from third base.

In the fourth, Anna Jones singled in Lauren Anderson, who had reached base on a walk. The Lady Vikes could have added more but got a pair of flyouts with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Madison Central pitcher Madison Bell began to struggle with her control in the top of the sixth.

Anderson got things started for WC with a single and advanced to third on a throwing error. Candice McKay followed with an RBI triple. Brittany Fuller then sent McKay home with a single, bringing the score to 5-4.

The Lady Vikes held the Lady Jaguars in the top of the seventh, and it took only two batters for them to win.

“At the beginning of the season, it might not have turned out so well,” Young said. “Our hitting has come on in the last few weeks.”

Warren Central will take to the road this weekend to compete in the Meridian Community College Tournament, beginning on Saturday.

Clinton 10-17, Vicksburg 0-4

Lindsay Jones and Cherelle Stamps each had four hits in two games, but Clinton (16-8) rolled to a doubleheader sweep of Vicksburg, 10-0 and 17-4.

Stamps also had a double in the first game.