Lady Vikes finish perfect in Division 6-5A|[9/23/05]

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 23, 2005

Warren Central inched closer to the program’s 400th career win and finished the Division 6-5A season unbeaten with a 6-2 win over Vicksburg on Thursday.

Warren Central (16-6, 4-0 division) will host a first-round playoff series and can secure the school’s 400th win on Tuesday against Brandon.

Vicksburg (1-17, 0-3) still has a chance to reach the Class 5A state playoffs if the Missy Gators beat Natchez by more than 14 runs on Tuesday.

Email newsletter signup

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletters

Check which newsletters you would like to receive
  • Vicksburg News: Sent daily at 5 am
  • Vicksburg Sports: Sent daily at 10 am
  • Vicksburg Living: Sent on 15th of each month

“You have to admire that group,” said WC coach Lucy Young of the Missy Gators’ team the Lady Vikes beat by 11 runs on Monday. “Even though they have a small team, they are trying hard every play.”

The Missy Gators jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning. Kaci Flaherty, Kristy Shelby and Heather Pritchard all singled in the inning.

Flaherty, normally the team’s shortstop, then went out to pitch and kept the Lady Vikes off the board for the first two innings.

“She’s only pitched in one JV game this year,” said VHS coach Kori Crutchfield, who said Flaherty started when the normal starting pitcher arrived late to the game. “Considering that, it was an excellent job by her. I am glad she pulled through for us.”

Flaherty pitched six innings and allowed six runs on seven hits. Four of those runs were unearned.

The Missy Gators committed two errors in the third inning and WC capitalized. Fatima Chase and Shawn Johnson each had a single, and Kari Lieberman and Chase scored runs to knot the game at 2.

Warren Central took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth, again thanks to a pair of Vicksburg errors.

RBI singles by Amanda Doyle and Taye Wince in the bottom of the sixth gave the Lady Vikes a four-run cushion.

Winning pitcher Mandy Fuller allowed a single in the top of the seventh, but the Missy Gators did not threaten to score a run.

Fuller went the distance. She allowed seven hits and did not allow a runner past second base over the final six innings.

“Mandy did a great job,” Crutchfield said. “She knew where to pitch our players to jam them, or pitch them high to make us pop up. She did an excellent job of pitching to our weaknesses.”