Vicksburg teams shut out at Governor’s Cup|[7/31/06]

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 31, 2006

There were no last at-bat theatrics for the Vicksburg Colonels in the Governor’s Cup 13-year-olds’ title game.

Madison-Ridgeland pitcher Spencer Turnbull retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced to nail down a 6-5 win in the championship game. The win was the M-R Vipers’ fourth straight in the six-team tournament.

No Vicksburg team walked away from the first weekend of the mega-tournament with a championship.

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The Colonels made it to the finals by rallying for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat the Natchez Destroyers, 6-5.

&#8220They played their hearts out,” said Colonels coach Hank Hearn. &#8220The other team hit the ball a little better than we did in that last game. We just fell one run short.”

Vipers coach Elvin Crisp saw his team battle through the tournament bracket as a No. 5 seed. They upset the top-seeded Mississippi Longhorns 7-6 in a Sunday morning semifinal.

&#8220The players just stepped up,” Crisp said. &#8220And the key guy was one who doesn’t hit the ball that hard, but he got the big hit in this game and that’s Raymond Strode.”

Strode, who earned the tournament’s MVP, had the game’s eventual winning hit with a two-out, two-run double in the top of the fourth. The two-bagger broke a 4-4 tie.

The Colonels got a run back off a throwing error in the bottom half of the fourth to make it 6-5. But they could get little going against Turnbull who retired nine in a row at one point until a one-out hit by Jordan O’Briant in the seventh inning.

Turnbull then got Josh Stuckey to fly out to left and Carter Kittrell, who had the game-winning hit to beat Natchez earlier in the day, to end the game on a grounder to first.

The loss spoiled a terrific pitching outing from the Colonels as Matthew Warren, Clayton Ashley and Blake Jobe combined to strike out 12 Vipers.

The Colonels led 3-1 after one inning, getting RBIs from Ashley, Warren and O’Briant.

Two throwing errors allowed the Vipers to get a run in the second and then took the lead at 4-3 on a two-run single by Turnbull in the third.

Kreuz Federick tied the game with a run-scoring fly ball to center in the bottom of the third.

Warren and O’Briant each had two hits for Vicksburg.

In other championship games, Northwest Rankin completed an unbeaten trip to crush Clinton 14-1 to win the 5/6 title.

The fourth-seeded Delta Dogs from Leland got a four-inning relief job from Taylor Marlow to beat Clinton 4-3 in the 11-year-olds’ title game.

The Madison Majors came from the fifth seed to beat the Madison Shockers 11-1 for the 9-year-olds’ championship. Canton held off Forest Hill 6-5 to win the 8-year-olds’ title.

Shockers 7, Red Sox 3.

Damien May drove in three runs off a two-run single and a double while Aubrey Breedlove had a two-run double to lead the Shockers in a semifinal win in the 9-year-old division.

The Red Sox were limited to scoring all three of runs in the third inning. Austin Magoun and Jacob Breeden scored off errors and Derek Dolan knocked in George Tzotzolas on a RBI single.

Shocker reliever Houston Smith retired five straight Red Sox batters to end the game and earn a save.

Clinton 20, Vicksburg Tide 16.

Clinton outscored the Tide 6-2 in the final at-bat to claim a spot in the 5/6 title game.

It was 14-14 after four innings.

Caleb Wilson scored three runs to lead the Tide.

Leon Simms, Dustin Shirey, Sean Dickson and Josh Hunt each scored twice.