Fuller tosses gem in 10-0 win over Vicksburg|[3/11/05]

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 11, 2005

Warren Central took over first place in Division 6-5A softball by blanking the Vicksburg Missy Gators 10-0 at Bazinsky Field Thursday.

The Lady Vikes (7-2, 1-0) got a perfect, five-inning pitching game from Brittany Fuller to hand VHS (2-5) its first division loss after they beat Natchez last week.

WC coach Lucy Young was elated with the win and just glad in general to be playing after a rainout on Tuesday.

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“We’re happy with victories, especially ones over the Gators,” Young said. “We’ve got a lot of softball coming up with a game (today) at Northwest Rankin and then we’ve got Clinton after that.”

Young was happy to see Fuller pitch well because the Lady Vikes are a bit uncertain about the status of ace pitcher Lauren Anderson.

“Lauren has some shoulder tendonitis and she’s re-habbing it,” Young said. “We’ll know (today) if she’ll be cleared to pitch. But I was real pleased with the pitching we got from Brittany. It’s a great thing to have that kinduva depth.”

The lone Missy Gator base-runner against Fuller came on the second at bat when Heather Shelby’s infield pop-up was lost in the lights. Fuller came back, striking out the next batter and then got Amy Harrigill to fly out to right.

Fuller (4-0) retired the side in each of the four next at bats, ending with nine strike outs and no walks.

At the plate, WC got one run in the first, four in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth against VHS starter Kristi Shelby.

“I thought we were pretty selective with our pitches,” Young added.

Pitch selection was something VHS coach Kori Crutchfield did not like out of her team.

“We’re getting a piece of the ball, but we not focused enough at the plate,” she said. “We’re letting the good pitch go by and swinging at the trash balls.”

Shelby allowed just two walks.

“Our defense struggled a lot in the Warren Central Tournament and we made some changes. We’re getting better, but I thought we still made too many errors in the early part of the game,” Crutchfield said.

WC was led by Brittany Fuller with three hits and two RBIs. Tiffany Fuller led off the game with a double and had two runs scored. Andi Hearn had two singles in her last two at bats while Shawn Johnson and Bridget Dillon knocked in a run each.

VHS, which finished with no hits and five errors, will hit the road to Ridgeland today and then play in the Pearl Tournament on Saturday.