VHS thumps Yazoo County, eyes Ridgeland|[04/02/08]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Vicksburg’s key four-game homestand got off to a big start Tuesday with a 20-0 pounding of Yazoo County on a rainy evening at Bazinsky Field.

The Gators (14-5, 8-1 Division 3-4A) used the four-inning romp to get ready for Friday’s critical clash with Ridgeland at Bazinsky. Vicksburg will wrap up the divisional homestand with a doubleheader Saturday afternoon against Yazoo City, beginning at 2 p.m. The Madison Central contest, previously set for Saturday, has been postponed to an undetermined date.

VHS coach Jamie Creel was already looking forward to Friday’s clash with the Titans.

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“We win that one and we’re in real good shape in the division,” Creel said. “It’s a big game but we’re rolling into it. We got to swing the bat today and get sharp for the next game.”

The Gators have won seven straight after dropping three straight games in Louisiana. Against the over-matched Panthers, they had six extra base hits, including three home runs.

Bowen Woodson hit a solo homer in the first inning, then had an RBI double in the second and a two-run single in the third to cap a three-hit, four-RBI game.

Stanton Price led off the game with a double and then had a three-run homer to key an eight-run second inning to put the Gators up 11-0. The Gators scored nine more runs in the third inning, getting a two-run triple from Brian Fitzgerald and a three-run homer from Blake Tarnabine, the first of his varsity home run.

“I hit one when I was about 14 when I played for the Outlaws,” Tarnabine said. “Soon as I hit it, I knew it was gone. But coach kept telling me to go, go hard around the bases.”

Fitzgerald pitched three scoreless innings to grab the win to go 3-1 on the season. He gave up just one hit. Jacob Thomas sat Yazoo County down in order to finish the game in the fourth.