Vikings hammer Greenville; VHS falls|[4/01/06]

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 3, 2006

Greenville made it to Vicksburg Friday evening and even managed to play a full seven innings against Warren Central.

The Vikings (12-5, 6-2) didn’t mind. They got a 9-2 win to stay in first place in Division 3-5A and also got to see last year’s ace Parker White make his first start of the season.

White, operating on a strict pitch-count, tossed four innings to grab the win. The All-Warren County pitcher is coming back from off-season Tommy John surgery and was limited to playing in the field and batting during the Vikings’ first 16 games.

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WC coach Randy Broome was pleased to have White back on the mound.

&#8220Parker White did a great job. We limited him to a 40-pitch count and he still got through four innings,” Broome said. &#8220He was throwing strikes. Porter (Holliday) came in and pitched the fifth, sixth and seventh.”

With White and Holliday able to handle the Hornets, the Vikings kept their pitching rotation intact for today’s games against Northwest Rankin and Brandon and Tuesday’s key divisional contest against Vicksburg. The Vikings can win the division championship outright with a victory over the Gators. The two teams have split two games so far.

&#8220Nick (Carson) will start against Northwest and Jeff Ward has the ball for Brandon,” Broome said. &#8220I thought Greenville played the best they’ve had all season. They made some good defensive plays.”

White left with a 5-1 lead. He struck out six, allowing only one run off one hit in the Hornets’ fourth.

The Vikings scored four in the fourth to extend their lead to 9-1. Ben Koestler had a three-run triple for the big blow.

Greenville got a run back in the sixth against Holliday when Travis Johnson brought in a run with a double.

Madison Central 8, VHS 7.

Madison Central scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to keep its Division 3-5A championship hopes alive with a win over division rival Vicksburg.

The Gators are scheduled to play their final division game of the season on Tuesday against Warren Central.

Both the Gators and Jaguars have three division losses, while the Vikings have two.

Warren Central can win the championship outright with a win over the Gators.

Individual statistics from the Madison loss were not reported.