Colonels split pair of games, but score enugh to advance|[7/30/06]

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 30, 2006

Production from the Nos. 10 through 12 hitters has the Vicksburg Colonels in good shape for Sunday’s final day of the Governor’s Cup 13-year-old division tournament.

The bottom three hitters, who normally wouldn’t even bat in a conventional game, went a combined 3-for-5, knocked in three runs and scored twice to key the Colonels 11-2 win Saturday morning.

They were strong again in an afternoon loss to the Madison Vipers, scoring three times to ignite a late rally that came up a run short, 10-9.

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Despite the 1-1 split, the Colonels were given a No. 2 seed and a bye into today’s semifinal round. They will face the winner of the late Saturday night 3-6 seed game between the Natchez Destroyers and the Central Mississippi Hurricanes at 1 p.m. today.

The Mississippi Longhorns (2-0) earned the top seed and will face the winner of the 4-5 seed game between Clinton and the Vipers.

&#8220I’ve been preaching to them that we’re a team that depends on everybody,” said Colonels coach Sam Haas. The Colonels finished third at the Babe Ruth State Tournament in Meridian two weeks ago, going 2-2.

&#8220The biggest thing about the win one, lose one deal is that we haven’t been together that long,” Haas said. &#8220But I was proud of the way we battled back in the second game after being down 7-0. They’ve got some heart.”

Spencer Turnbull’s two-run homer keyed a five-run second inning for the Vipers to give them a 7-0 lead.

The Colonels struck for four runs in the third with Matthew Warren’s two-run hit being the big blow.

Trailing 10-6, Travis Haas, Jeff Hearn and Blake Jobe all reached to load the bases. No. 12 batter, Carter Kittrell, singled up the middle to score Haas.

Kreuze Federick followed with a one-out hit to right to knock in Hearn. Jobe came in on Clayton Ashley’s bases-loaded walk to make it 10-9.

But then Vipers pitcher Rashard Crisp got Matthew Warren to pop up to short and then enticed a fly ball out by Justin Atwood to left field to end the game with the bases-loaded.

Frederick led the Colonels going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. David Darden and Tanner Storey had two runs and two hits for the Vipers.

Turnbull went three innings to grab the win. Jobe took the loss.

Colonels 11, Clinton 2.

A seven-run first keyed the Colonels to the morning rout of the Arrows.

The Vicksburg team got the runs off four hits, two walks, an error and two hit batsman. They clinched the rout with four runs in the fourth. Jobe had a double to set up Kittrell’s RBI fly out to center while Federick had a two-run double to right-center scoring Jobe and Beau Wallace for an 11-1 lead.

Federick went 2-for-3 giving him four hits and four RBI on the day. Clayton Ashley, Warren, Hearn, Jobe and Kittrell all had a hit and drove in a run.

Ashley went the first three innings, allowing just one run on one hit and three walks. Blake Jobe pitched the final inning.

Brad Baxter had Clinton’s only hit in the second inning.